The Friday Photos: Crossing The Road

TimW
By TimW Last edited 77 months ago
The Friday Photos: Crossing The Road
There's a beautiful soft light in this road-crossing image, by a_thousand_leaves
There's a beautiful soft light in this road-crossing image, by a_thousand_leaves
Outside St Paul's, by Luke O'Regan
Outside St Paul's, by Luke O'Regan
Waiting for the bus to pass, by Tom Spender
Waiting for the bus to pass, by Tom Spender
This looks like a Buckingham Palace special, by SabineThoele
This looks like a Buckingham Palace special, by SabineThoele
Military men on the move, by Stuart-Lee
Military men on the move, by Stuart-Lee
Which famous artistic duo are sauntering underneath this brolly?, br_VIE
Which famous artistic duo are sauntering underneath this brolly?, br_VIE
Striding out across Oxford Circus, by Pierre Mallien
Striding out across Oxford Circus, by Pierre Mallien
Unhappy road crossing, by tubb
Unhappy road crossing, by tubb
from the new series "kings land" 
a study of the kingsland road from shoreditch to stamford hill
© chris dorley-brown
Heading for a collision, by chrisdb1

Why did the did the street photographer cross the road? Answer: to take pictures of other people doing the same thing.

Both mundane and potentially dangerous, the act of crossing the road in a busy city offers untold opportunities for street photographers. The visual effect of people looking in the same direction makes for quirky images.

More importantly, people negotiating busy highways, whether on their own or as part of a crowd, are concentrating on getting to the other side in one piece. With their attention engaged elsewhere, street photographers can capture the faces and body language of people blissfully unaware of the camera's gaze.

This selection shows London road crossing in all its glory, from the tourist dash to the grumpy squeeze to the almost serene.

With thanks as ever to our Flickr pool contributors: SabineThoele, a-thousand_leaves, Luke O'Regan, Pierre Mallien, Tom Spender, br_VIE, tubb, Stuart Lee and chrisdb1.

Last Updated 02 March 2012