In Search of America

In Search of America - student project

I've been taking pics in the cities I've visited for a long time but never really thought about the story behind the subject matter. Never included people in the shots before (other than my family) as i tended usually to focus on the juxtoposition of the buildings and street signs etc. In this project I wanted to to try to explore the streets through the characters I came across. I didn't feel too brave starting out but was lucky to find myself hidden in the crowds at the Cold Water Classic Surf Comp in Santa Cruz. 

On the second week I headed into Downtown Santa Cruz.

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The dog just hung on patiently like a handbag.

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I enjoyed how the spectators used the railings as a prop. I found their  diverse characteristics yet similar poses interesting.

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I included this one as it is clearly a shot from behind and the faces are not part of the story. They are a tribe and collectively I felt the shot worthwhile.

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Small dogs. Thought the juxtaposition between the big guys' shoe and the miniature dog was interesting.

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This guy commanded an audience.Events over the previous afternoon had left him agitated and animated.

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I don't know why I took this but I enjoyed the way that the bikes were a part of the individuals' personality and journey.

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I loved the girls hair. It moved one way and she moved the other. She seemed to have a purpose whilst the crowd remained static and spectated.

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I didn't think this was such a good shot but I loved the contrast between the accessories on the girl and the landscape in front.

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This is perhaps one of my favourites as although the shot is candid, I feel like in some way the characters are still posing as they spectate.

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Corn dogs are an American thing - you don't hear of them in England. I liked the way they grouped around the sauce intently.

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Santa Cruz bike culture is completely inclusive. I love that.

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Another shot from behind. Couldnt help but notice the silhouette portrait .

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Sometimes I see animals are more expressive than people.