Photographs by Cailean Neal, a Norwich street photographer

People in their Environments

My street photography is neither clean or particularly sharp, but I hope that it is sufficiently graphic to impart an essential humanity to anyone who happens upon them. I'm not trying to change the world, I'm just showing you my point of view of it. None of my pictures are perfect, they're just an impression of something very beautiful ... I hope !

Speed and Instinct ...

I photograph people, not streets. People are mobile, instinctive and emotional beings and I feel that it is my duty to capture that in my photographs. There are three methods that might allow me to capture the personalities of my subjects with my camera: 1) I could stand around on a street corner all day waiting for someone to break down in tears in front of my camera; 2) I could get lucky or; 3) I could develop a photographic technique that allows me to 'tune into' the street ahead and 'read' the futures of the people that I see in front of me ... it may sound daft, but I think I do the latter !

As I'm walking, I'm looking, but that's not all. I'm also reaching out emotionally, seeking the feeling that something is about to happen or that there is something beautiful waiting to be observed. I wouldn't call it spiritual (that only comes when you view the results), I would call in an instinctive connection to the people that I'm viewing and an inner appreciation of the scenes that they find themselves a part of. You can feel it in your head (for me, just above my right brow), a warm intensity that seems to blend your photographic skills with every other fibre in your body

... try photographing a subject without looking through your viewfinder and you'll see what I mean.

  • A street photograph showing a good-looking young man standing at the entrance to a shopping centre while listening to an iPod and smiling wonderfully.

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Street Photography Day in Norwich


Meeting at the Coach & Horses on Bethel St at 12 noon for a quick chat and then out to catch the lunchtime crowds.

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About US

My name is Cailean Neal, I am a 50 yr old street photographer with 35 yrs experience in carrying a camera. In my time I have explored many avenues of photography, including portraiture, landscape & abstract. I finally settled upon street photography because my eyes were failing and I wanted to develop a photographic technique that relied more upon instinct than age old photographic dogma.