Trapped in the Grid 01

Lincoln, September 2016

Today I’d like to introduce a new street photography project: Trapped in the Grid.

I’ve been into street photography for a few years now. Fast-paced and instinctive, ruled by the gods of luck and chance, I find it compelling. It’s so unlike my mountain photography, yet I believe working at this rewarding hobby is improving my skills in the photographic part of my job too.

I find street photography hard, and I fail far more often than I succeed. But I’m getting braver. Earlier this year, I realised that my better compositions all adhered to the same loose visual theme: human beings enmeshed within complex geometric shapes or structures, often seemingly oblivious to their fantastical surroundings. The seed of a new project was sown.

Trapped in the Grid aims to present images showing members of our species interlocked within the vast system that both sustains and imprisons us.

Image 01 was taken in Lincoln, England, in September 2016. It’s a view into a small cafe on Steep Hill. The stacked layers caught my eye as I passed – and the way the main subject seems to be made of the same stuff as his surroundings.

I’ll be posting a new image from this series each month.