Street photography in Hull
Europe’s 2017 Capital of Culture, Hull, is probably not famous for its street photography – or its street photographers – but it’s a location you should consider. I spent a sunny Friday there and, although I found the streets to be quiet, the city clearly had potential.
This was my first visit to Hull and I was pleasantly surprised. It’s an ‘honest’ city, at ease with itself and comfortable in its own skin. The people are relaxed, warm and friendly and seem quite comfortable with people around them taking pictures (they’re probably getting used to it, with such an influx of tourists due to the Capital of Culture initiative). There are plenty of good places to eat and drink (some terrific pubs) and enough museums and galleries to quench your thirst for culture.
The old town would be my first destination for street photography. There’s a network of old cobbled streets with some lovely classical architecture which is bathed in streaks of sunlight at various points during the day. The dual carriageway dissects the old town, so do make sure your cross it and spend some time in the southerly part, near the river, where you’ll find the regenerated Fruit Market and some interesting modern architecture around the aquarium.
Bordering the old town to the east is the River Hull and the Boardwalk; late in the afternoon you should find long shadows and some good opportunities for contre-jour shooting.
To the west of the old town is the more modern retail quarter which is pretty much the same as any other retail quarter. The urban landscape is quite spacious so perhaps it offers better opportunities and many other cities. But shooting strangers walking around the shops has never really appealed to me.
So, do give Hull a try. If you fancy doing a workshop there, my next street photography workshop in Hull is on Saturday 21st October and you can book a place here (there are six places in total with two available at the time of writing).