In Focus Friday - Train Driver and Assistant

29 September 2017

SIG: Documentary

This week Documentary Group member Dawn Clifford talks us through capturing her entry for April's competition, her process and inspiration.

What equipment did you use to capture this shot?

I used my Sony DSC RX-100. It's a great camera for carrying around when I'm out all day and performs well in low light situations. It's not too intrusive when you're photographing people. For me the most important thing about equipment is that it's easy to use when I'm out and about.

What was your plan for the day?

This was taken on a family outing so I did not go out specifically to shoot images on this day. This is when I seem to take most of my images - I generally find that I have to grab shots whilst the family are looking at the sights, and always get left behind as everyone else has moved on!

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

The most important thing for me is that I have my camera with me - sounds obvious but there have been times when I've unexpectedly come across a great photo opportunity without a camera. A full battery and an empty memory card are essential too! I generally don't go out with any plan of what I might shoot - I'll just be surprised by what comes along.

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

Anything and everything! I'm generally looking for moments that sum up an event or occasion. This may occur in a single image or sometimes it may be portrayed in a set of images.

Where can we find more of your work?

I don't have a website or blog yet, but am working to build up a portfolio of images that I feel are worth sharing. I'm keen to print my images into photo books so they don't become lost in the future changing world of digital media.

And finally, who inspires you?

I'm inspired by those who can make me look twice at a photograph. I love the humour in Matt Stuart's street photography.

Thanks Dawn, we'll certainly look forward to seeing more of your work in the coming rounds of the competition.