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Christmas tree shop windows

I am often inspired by the words of the photographer Jeff Jacobson who said …” I never start off with an idea in mind, I start taking pictures and the pictures tell me what it is…. When I’m in it, especially towards the beginning I never spend a hell of a lot of time trying to analyse it because it kills it for me”.

So it was that this project took shape, a chance wander around town one evening, a few shots of trees reflected in windows… inside / outside… outside / inside and from here everywhere one looked was a possible shot.

I am intrigued by the idea of seeing more than one image in a. single shot, by that I mean the idea that something is going on other than just in front of the camera... in the reflections in this case with glimpses of town, people, signs, lights etc.

Gilles Peress's work Telex Iran: In the Name of Revolution, documents life under the Iranian regime during the late 1970s.

In these pictures I see so much, a tiny detail in the corner or a face passing by in the foreground seems to create layers of life going on all around.

Rather than concentrating on the "event" in front of the camera we are drawn all over the images adn find detail and interest everywhere.


Gloucestershire, UK.


Stephen Shepherd