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 !

Why Street Photography ?

I've been passionate about photography for over 35 years and during that time I've progressed through a whole range of photographic genres. When I think back to my school photography classes I remember being very good at approaching complete strangers and asking if I could photograph them, something that my class mates were petrified to do. My first photographic prize was in 1982, the image was of a white bearded Lowestoft fisherman with a weather-beaten face. I remember being stunned by how much character a still photograph could capture, just 1/125th of a second managed to convey something of this man's spirit.

Something within our human consciousness enables us to empathise with a stranger, a scenario or an event, when confronted with a single image. This has fascinated me for decades. A photograph can be as descriptive, flavourful, audible almost ... it can trigger stored emotions in us.

Good Still photography is probably the purest form of communication and the funny thing is that it is so intuitive that hardly anyone asks how and why this is possible.

  • A street photograph showing a man sitting quietly on some city centre steps. His eyes are glazed and he seems to be staring through the camera completely.

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Street Photography Day in Norwich

Cailean Neal,

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.