Bakery, Kashan, Iran
Fujifilm X-T3, Fujinon XF8-16mm f2.8 R LM WR @ 8mm, f6.4 @ 1/80 second, ISO 3200
There's a part of me that is really enjoying isolation. It's not that I'm anti-social or I'm getting tired of travelling, far from it. Rather, it's just so nice to sit down and work on photos that have escaped my attention.
A couple of weeks ago, a friend sent me her photo book of Iran - and I seem to remember it was only volume one of three that are planned. As I flipped through the pages and relived the photo tour through her wonderful photographs, there was a pang of jealousy - not because she had photos I didn't (and she did!), but because she'd made the time to edit the shoot.
My problem is that a week later, I received another photo book from another friend who had travelled to the USA with me earlier this year, and I had the same feelings. Some of us are lucky enough to travel to some pretty amazing places, it's almost a crime not to do something with the images, more than just a few blog posts or an Instagram feed.
On the plus side, I have designed a photo book on Antarctica and three on Bhutan while stuck on the ship a couple of months ago, so I will get there - if I have the time! I wonder if some readers are feeling the same?
On the ground, the people of Iran are incredibly friendly. We walked into this bakery with big smiles and our cameras - and were received with equally large smiles and a couple of loaves - or sheets - of wonderfully hot and tasty bread. I think if you're interested in street photography that regional towns rather than large cities provide more accessible opportunities. The locals have a slower pace of life and seem more responsive to an inquisitive photographer.
There were a couple of fluorescent lights above playing havoc with the colour balance, but by tweaking the colour temperature here and there, I'm actually quite pleased with the play of colour across the scene. Thank heavens I lead the photo tour to Iran with Nuran Zorlu - if I'd been with David Oliver, he'd be telling me to switch it to B&W!