In focus Friday - March against Austerity

22 December 2017

SIG: Documentary

This week David Gleave talks us through this perfect moment which he submitted for October's round of the bi-monthly competition (link). 

Hi, David. Can you give us a little background about the shot?

This was a march against austerity in Manchester. It was mainly well behaved and in good spirit but I was drawn to a gang of "anarchists" who were intent on taunting the police. There was a lot of scuffling down a narrow entry. I got in amongst it and took a series of shots. I always love to fill the frame so I was literally shooting a foot or so from my subjects.

What was your plan for the day?

My plan was exactly what I did which was to walk about and take as many shots as I could and hopefully if it got a bit funky even better.

What’s your routine just before heading out with your camera?

Don't have one really. My go to camera for situations like this or for most of my shooting is a Ricoh GR so all I need is a few spare batteries and I'm off.

While you’re out what makes you press the shutter release?

It's hard to say cos i'm certainly an instinctive photographer and I seem to pull the trigger when my gut tells me. I just instinctively know what's right. Maybe that's because of the millions of images I have devoured that are now stored on the hard drive that is my brain.

Where can we find more of your work?

My website is and from there are links to Instagram (link), twitter (link), flickr (link) and facebook (link).

What’s the best (photography related) purchase you’ve made for less than £100?

Possibly my lowepro shoulder bag.

What do you think photographers don’t do but should?

Definitely fill the frame. I see so many shots where the subject is small in the frame. No good.

what essential piece of advice would give your noviceself?

Keep taking photos. Of anything. It will come.

Who inspires you? / Who do you try to emulate?

I have so many. Eugene Smith, Eggleston, Winnogrand, Mary Ellen Mark, David Bailey, Capa, William Klein, the fashion guy Max Vadukul (link) is my current favourite and he shoots fashion in a very sort of street style. I don't try consciously to emulate them but their images are stored in my mind for reference and when I see a scene I instinctively know if it's one of those...

Which camera has been your all time favourite and why?

Without doubt the Ricoh GR. It has made all my other cameras redundant. There are things it can't do of course but for 99% of what I do there is nothing better. I'm going to Sri Lanka on boxing day and that little camera and a few spare batteries is all I will need.

Thanks, David, safe journey and we'll look forward to seeing photos from your trip on-line.