I was born in Brighton and now live in west London. Observing people is what I enjoy doing; ordinary people going about their day-to-day business… on the street, in cafes, on public transport – and at the seaside. I rarely have any interaction with my subjects, preferring to seek out those unguarded moments as I feel the moment someone starts to pose the whole dynamic changes. Elderly people feature often in my images; I feel they’re under-represented in the media — the cult of youth is all-pervading but the population as a whole is ageing. See Chris’s website to view more work.


  1. Great pics.

    I remember when I was in photography school in Lancashire. I took pictures of people on the streets and at the seaside. I handed them in. My photography teacher laughed at me and told me I couldn’t possibly think that taking pictures of people in the street was art or imaginative. He refused to give me a mark and continued to ridicule me. He acted the same way when I showcased my photographs of people in Paris. A visiting teacher said the images reminded him of Robert Frank. My photography teacher gave me a very bad mark and continued to ridicule. Because of him, I lost all my confidence in photography. I wanted to be a photographer since I was 15. At photography school, my teacher just ridiculed me. I did not become a professional photographer even though I was educated in technique and history. Now I’m 40 years old. I lost my job last year and now I have returned to photography. I never want to have regrets over photography so now I’m doing it for real. Good luck to you.

    Best wishes,

    Ginger Liu

  2. Thanks so much for your comments, Ginger. It means a lot. I’m sorry to hear of your bad experience at photography school but glad to hear you’ve come back to it. I hope you enjoy making up for lost time!

    All the best


  3. Chris, a lovely set of photographs. I must explore your work further.

    Ginger, street photography and photographing strangers is photography in its purest form, as far as I’m concerned.

    It adds greatly to the visual historical record in a way that other forms of media simply cannot. It shows the era in which the photographer lived and preserves it for posterity.

    Your tutor was an idiot. Probably wasn’t a very good photographer either. Such bitterness. I’ve seen it before where photography tutors were jealous of their students talent.

    Tutors who are themselves, or have been, working pros are the best. Those that want to “give back”.

    Good hunting in your photography endeavours.
    Paul Treacy

  4. Hallo Paul and Homer

    Sorry, I only just saw your comments. They’re much appreciated. Thanks!


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