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Introductions – The Future Is Papier Mâché

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Today I am going to introduce another blog I have been following for quite a long time, and I thought it would be good to show because his work is very different to mine, also quite different to any of the other people I have shown.  I hope you feel it is important for me to show a variety of work.  So the introduction today is to Richard from The Future Is Papier Mâché.

Richard does a lot of street photography and finds some of the most interesting characters.  He does something that I find really amazing and something I can’t do, he goes up to people and asks if he can take their photo.  He obviously gets a lot of people agreeing to let him.

SONY DSCThere is so much character in many of these images.  I always finding it so interesting to see who he has found and was given permission to photograph.

I asked Richard why he takes photos and he said this, “I’m interested in finding narratives in everyday life, and exploring how putting a frame around objects or events skews our perception of them.”

SONY DSCHe even gets to photograph some famous people, do you recognise Dumbledore?

In my mind London has always been full of really interesting characters. People who dress differently and don’t look like the normal conservative population that we are used to.  I find Richard’s photos just confirm my view of what I think London is like.

Inspiration is something else I asked him about, “I don’t really believe in inspiration, but I do believe in motivations and ideas. These come from all over the place – current affairs, pop music, art, other photographers etc. But my best shots are taken without a thought in my head. I think something happens where all these influences come together in the moment and inform everything from the lighting to the composition.”

SONY DSCThere are also a number of images that are quite interesting, not so much for the person that is in them, but for the story that you can see in them.  I love trying to guess what the person is thinking or doing.  It would be interesting, I think sometimes, if Richard could get writers to respond to some of the work.

Of course, with someone taking photos like this, I had to ask how he works, “Most week days I take photographs on the streets of London, a lot of the time without an agenda, so pictures of anything that interests me. I shoot for about 2 hours per day and have learned to walk very slowly (it has helped me capture things I would otherwise miss). For the past year or so I’ve specialised in street portraits of the stylish or interesting (or both), and met a lot of great people as a result.”

SONY DSCRichard also does some images that I like that I find really interesting, I know I have used that word a lot today, but I can’t think of another one.  I love the way he does images that are looking into windows, and there are reflection in reflections, and shadows.  They are quite amazing, I find them like a puzzle, and I have to try and work out what it is.  There is an abstract nature that I love.

My final question was about the gear or camera he uses, “Sony a200, usually with a Sony DT 50mm AF f/1.8 lens, but sometimes with the 35mm equivalent.”

I don’t have black and white images on my blog very often, but Richard works mainly in that format.  I have found some colour images, though I must say I tried very hard not to put too many colour ones in the gallery below.  I hope you enjoy looking at a small selection of Richard’s work and I invite you to go and take more of a look at The Future Is Papier Mâché.  I would also like to thank Richard for allowing me to feature him, his work and his blog on my Introductions post.

 

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  1. Thanks so much for this introduction. Wonderful photography.

    September 30, 2013
    • It was a pleasure Angeline, glad you liked it.

      September 30, 2013
  2. The guy with the pipe… my favorite. I like the actor too! :)

    September 30, 2013
  3. Nice post, Leanne. I may have collaborated with Richard for well over a year now, but it’s nice to see someone else’s take on his excellent street photography! :)

    September 30, 2013
    • Thank you, I was going to mention the collaborations and I completely forgot about them, I am so sorry.

      September 30, 2013
      • No, that’s fine, hehe, I wasn’t fishing. His work stands more than happily on its own merit! :D

        September 30, 2013
      • Still, I wanted to because it is another aspect to his work. I like seeing your collaborations.

        September 30, 2013
  4. Reblogged this on ckponderings and commented:
    A nice summary of a great photographer and friend! :)

    September 30, 2013
  5. Reblogged this on arisanggie.

    September 30, 2013
  6. Thanks for sharing LCP, I think his b/w images work best. MM 🍀

    September 30, 2013
    • You’re welcome MM, I agree, I think they work best as well.

      September 30, 2013
  7. Thanks for the introduction, I really like his street portraits. I admire his ability to approach people.

    September 30, 2013
    • I really admire that too, it is quite a hard thing to do.

      September 30, 2013
  8. Yes, thanks for sharing! Interesting reading and great photography!

    September 30, 2013
    • No problem at all, great to hear you liked it.

      September 30, 2013
  9. Love his work! Oh, how I wish I had the courage to ask a complete stranger if I could take his picture. It’s a struggle for me just to ask family and friends! Great post, Leanne.

    September 30, 2013
    • It can be a very confronting thing to do, even harder asking a complete stranger. I think it is fantastic how Richard does it.

      September 30, 2013
  10. Wonderful. I admire anyone who can make street photography work :)

    September 30, 2013
  11. Very interesting and inspiring post. Thanks for posting ;-)
    All the best,
    Hanna

    September 30, 2013
    • Richard is such a great person and photographer, so it was inevitable that I would show his work, and I am so glad that you have enjoyed it. :)

      October 1, 2013
  12. Super Feature! Thanks for sharing.

    September 30, 2013
    • No thanks required, just happy that you liked it.

      October 1, 2013
  13. Oh wow, those pictures are fabulous. I’m heading over to the blog now ;)

    September 30, 2013
    • That is fantastic, there is so much more fantastic work over there. :)

      October 1, 2013
  14. Thanks for linking to this blog! I love it. I admire great street photographers.

    October 1, 2013
    • You’re welcome, street photography is such an unusual thing for me, I love looking at it, but could never do it.

      October 1, 2013
  15. Thank you so much for this, Leanne – a real ego boost! Love the way you presented the work as well. Thanks!

    October 1, 2013
    • You don’t need to thank me for this Richard, it really was a pleasure, I enjoy doing them and it is great that you aren’t disappointed with what I have done, so thank you for letting me feature your work.

      October 1, 2013
  16. Great introduction, Leanne, interesting photo’s , I agree. Thank you for sharing!
    groetjes, Francina

    October 1, 2013
    • You’re welcome Francina, they are interesting, he does some wonderful work.

      October 1, 2013
  17. It’s funny how I find a new blog I like and then… I find out half of my favourite bloggers is also following it:)

    October 1, 2013
    • I know what you mean, then I feel like I am behind everyone else. It is great to hear you like Richard’s blog, and if half your blogging friends are already there, what a great recommendation.

      October 1, 2013
  18. Always nice to come across a street photog. I’ve seen Zack Arias in action on the street and it is so natural for him to go up to people and ask to take their photo. Not that I am a pro or anything, but the best advice I can give to people, is to use a small frame camera (like an X camera from Fuji) and not hide your face behind a big DSLR. Even I find it a bit intimidating when I have a DSLR pointed my way. Anyhow, thanks for sharing.

    October 1, 2013
    • That is some great advice for people who want to do it, thank you for that. I could never go up to people and ask them, I don’t like having my photo taken, so I understand people not wanting it. I do admire those that can though.

      October 1, 2013
  19. discovered richards blog on the internet one day, followed it, admired it and commented… we met irl in may this year in london. had the honour of my portrait taken by him.
    he surely is a true artist!

    October 1, 2013
    • What a great story, I have never met Richard, but I hope to one day. You are very lucky Olive. Thanks for sharing your story.

      October 1, 2013
  20. love Richard’s work! A fabulous intro!

    October 1, 2013
  21. Are people in London tolerant and kind? If I tried to go around town, snapping pictures, at some point, someone would grab my Nikon and fling it to the ground and trample it and tell me to mind my own business. And then I would cry.

    October 1, 2013
    • I don’t know, you would have to ask Richard, though I know he asks lots of people, and not everyone says yes. I think the difference is whether or not you just do it, or ask to do it. I stay away from it and try to get no one in my images.

      October 1, 2013
  22. I really enjoyed your article about Richard. Black and white photo’s speak for themselves, they have a uniqueness that even color does not compare with. Richard certainly is gifted in this area and has a charisma that appeals to people that allow him to take photo’s of them. His photo’s have creativity that is really appealing. Thank you for sharing.

    October 1, 2013
    • I am sure Richard will love this, you have said some fantastic things.

      October 1, 2013
  23. I never used to photograph people at all but have been relatively pleased with my few recent attempts – still not brave enough to ask though!

    October 2, 2013
    • I know exactly what you mean, I could never go up to a complete stranger and ask them. He does a great job, but I think I will leave the street photography to him.

      October 2, 2013
  24. Great post :) RG’s blog is one of my favourites :) My favourites of his images are where he combines different repeated elements, reflections, shadows.

    October 2, 2013
    • I love those images too, they are so good, so abstract. :)

      October 2, 2013
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    Reblogged this on bharathkbhat06.

    October 2, 2013
  26. Another introduction to a great blog. Love his street photography, especially black and white. Thank you for introducing him.

    October 4, 2013
    • You are very welcome, his work is so different to what I have shown before, so it was good to his blog, and the response has been outstanding.

      October 4, 2013
  27. Great idea to put Richard in the spotlight! He and his work deserve it!

    October 9, 2013
    • He and his work certainly deserve it, and I always knew it was just a matter of time before I would do his work and blog. Glad you liked it.

      October 9, 2013
      • I ‘discovered’ his blog about a year ago even before the portraits. I enjoy his courage and bravery and the way he develops now. Great to see!

        October 9, 2013
      • I have been following him for a long time, but I don’t know exactly how long, I envy his ability to approach people like that.

        October 9, 2013
      • well, sometimes I envy it lol.

        October 9, 2013
      • Yes, I know exactly what you mean. LOL

        October 9, 2013

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