Mister GC is Grant Cochrane and is a Germany based Street Photographer whom I have followed since seeing a shot of his on Flickr about 6 months ago. The funny thing is it wasn’t a Street Shot but the first shot featured here. There’s a good banter between us, and we both accept critique from each other. Grant uses different post processing to me, but like all of us that is constantly changing as we try new things.
All the photos in this post were taken by Grant and are copyrighted to him. © Grant Cochrane
This was the first shot I saw of Grant’s work. I think it may be the first non Street shot on this blog. Bright and cheerful isn’t it. If I remember correctly, it was in a group I posted a shot to on Flickr and I just happened on it. I had to have a closer look as it was brilliant, and I had never seen the little men shots before. It is a joy to look at. Coming up with an idea like this of what to do, and then the work that must go in to getting it right. I appreciate that sort of preparation, and I think you’ll agree the result is fantastic. I still show this shot to people as I think it is so good.
We see these mirror shots, especially car mirror shots every day. Some people think they are clever by doing it then realise they have been done so much. What I like about this shot is that Grant has caught the guy so candidly, that he probably hasn’t realised that he has been shot, and is just wondering what is that idiot doing in that car.
The idea behind this is simple, get a shot of the phone screen before the shot is taken. That is the idea. The practice side of it is the hard bit. Just getting an angle so that you can see the screen properly is usually hard, then getting the screen spot on in focus, whilst blurring everything else is excellent. It makes the screen look like when you get it new and there is no power but a stick on photo to make it look good.
This shot is fantasic. Just click on it to make it larger then look at it for at least a minute. See how many people are in the scene, with the shops around, then look up to the open structure. The architecture is magnificent. Then pull your eyes back and look at the whole scene. Excellent!
Judging by the date of this shot and where it is in Grant’s Photostream on Flickr, I would think this was taken before he pluged into Street with both feet, before the bug bit him. This was the stirrings of what could be. A capture of the old lady, part way up a hill, probably the same hill she has climbed so easily for thousands and thousands of times over the years, but now in the Autumn of her years it is becoming more and more harder. She may soon be at a point in her life when she can no longer climb the hill she used to run and skip up with ease when she was young. That is the story that is coming over to me when I look at it. When a shot can make you sit and think a story like that it certainly works. I love it!
I know that Grant went out in the evening to get some good Street shots. However, there was nobody about everywhere was deserted, but he did manage to get this little shot. I would be very happy to go out and just come back with this one shot. I love the straightness and symmetry of the railway lines, the paving, and the lamposts. Add to that the lights with the little flares, except the front light with the bright flare that draws you into the image. Brilliant.
This shot to me is just fun. I look at it and wonder is the guy on the right just taking the mick of the guy on the left who is in front of him. Don’t ask me why, whether it is just the way he is holding the bike, I just find it funny.
Grant could have entitled this one “The Mobile Asterisk”. The timing is perfect. If she was anywhere else she would just have been partly covering the phrase. Where she is, is spot on. Go on look at it and don’t laugh! That is what you call Excellent Timing.
I posted a comment on Grant’s Photostream that I thought this self portrait was the best I had seen in a long time. That was many months ago, and I still feel the same. We get so used to people taking a shot of themselves in the mirror, with the camera half covering their face. Or straight on, with either that smile or the facial expression that says “When’s the timer going to set off the shutter.” So this thoughtful pose if you would like to call it, even though it looks a lot more natural would be an excellent stand alone shot of a subject, but being a self portrait is superb.
I love the sweep of the girls hair showing the speed. The shot also gives me a view of the town. It could be taken in a lot of towns in the UK. So much going on with the people walking about, the bike leaning against the post, and the man with his dog. A real moment in time frozen, which is what most of us are after.
I think on Flickr, quite often, there are so many shots for people to see that they don’t spend enough time looking. I know that I am guilty of this at times. Grant’s type of shots need looking at a little longer. I haven’t put these shots in any order, but I think you can see from my descriptions of each, how much I enjoy them. Keep them coming my friend.
Thank you Grant for allowing me to use your photos on the Blog.