Category Archives: Urban Photography

Colourful Doors of the Barber Shop

When you visit a town for the first time I always have a good look around to see what’s colourful in the scene.  Walking down a small side street I came across a set of colourful doors.  Doors are fantastic to photograph as the structure is made up of geometric form.  Geometric blocks are an element which adds structure to the composition.

Colourful doors

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Abstraction in the City

Abstract Photography

Reflections Create Abstract Forms

Today in the City of London it is a day within which it is easy to chase light.  Light flows freely along the streets and reflects off the sleek surfaces of modern buildings creating alleyways of illumination.

Photography is about light and our digital sensors love light if you handle it with sensitivity.  The light today gives an opportunity to create an abstract image using London architecture as a starting point.  Continue reading »

The Shard in Autumn

Autumn in the City

The Shard

The Shard in Autumn

The Shard looks great today, bathed in the fresh and airy light of Autumn. Cool, crisp colours are in the air!

Making my way to London to capture Autumn light in the City I find that I cannot resist yet another shot of the Shard. Continue reading »

Steet Photography during Chinese New Year

Street Photography during the Chinese New Year in London

Feeling the squeeze in a busy street scene during the Chinese New Year in London.  The Chinese New Year is a great event, attracting thousands of visitors and revellers to London’s Chinatown to celebrate the New Year.  Street photography is at its best during this festive event.  Feel the squeeze and really get into the scene. Continue reading »

Street Photography – What Makes a Photo Great

Street Photography – What Makes a Great Photo

Always on the lookout for a great street photography shot.  What makes a photo stand out from the rest?  In street photography this is about timing and framing.  You can be in the busiest location and suddenly you look and you see your subject.  They are there…not moving…just perfectly positioned for you to come in and get the shot.  This is all about anticipation and you are drawn towards the subject as you can already see the composition forming as Continue reading »

Street Photography Composition

Composition and the Urban Life

You see the shot, you fill the frame and then…..


Street Photography

Urban Photography by Lou Smith Fine Art Photographer

The location was packed, lots of people milling around – some talking, some eating taking time out from work.  In the midst of this there were 2 people, not connected, sitting separately from each other.  The crowds melt away and quietly there is an essence of isolation and foreboding in the scene. Continue reading »

Rain Photography in Urban London

Rain Photography in London

See a line of umbrellas when it rains in London

Head for the streets when it rains and see light bounce off the pavements creating illumination.  At any time of the year rain is always a welcome aspect for photographers as it helps us to capture very different types of shots.  Continue reading »

Street Photography, At The Heart of London’s Dynamic Diversity

 London Street Photography

Urban Photography

Street Photography in London. Pausing in Piccadilly.

Take a walk with your camera and discover street photography in London.  Street photography is at the heart of understanding the every day flow in a major capital like London.  Continue reading »

The Mystery of the Street Entertainer

Street Entertainers

The Mystery of the Street Entertainer from Lou Smith Fine Art Photography

London is full of Street Entertainers – all dressed up ready to entertain the London public as they walk by.  If you like an entertainer you can pay by throwing a coin into a hat or Continue reading »

Standing in the Shadows – Street Photography

Street Photography with Lou Smith Fine Art Photography

Dramatic Lighting Creates Intense Street Photography


This photograph combines elements of Creative Seeing in the composition – abstraction of forms, textures, exploring rich tonal contrasts and utilizing light and shade.  The waiting figure adds the Street photography element.  A sense of what is happening, what is going on, what is about to happen? is created.

The visibility of the figure emerges slowly from within the shadows which creates an evocative sense of mystery.  It’s not always necessary to see everything crisply in a photograph.  The angle of view, looking down adds another intense element to the photograph.  A moment later the man has gone and the scene has changed!  Street photography is fast and you have to be quick to capture the shot as the moment is elusive and ever-changing.

“There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”- Henri Cartier-Bresson


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Lou Smith is a Fine Art Photographer with over 25 years experience in the visual arts.

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