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Kamagate Soualuo

Photographer: Albrecht Fuchs

The portrait of Kamagate Soualua was taken in a small lane off Rye Lane in Peckham, London on December 14, 2010. Usually I do portraits of people by appointment, but here I was trying to find a subject on the street. This approach turned out to be quite complicated, because a lot of people had no interest in being photographed.

In the early afternoon I finally ended up wandering through Peckham's busy Rye Lane. I entered one of the many grocer's shops, where I met a young delivery van driver, taking a break from work. He was quite reserved, yet curious about what I was up to with my (relatively) big camera on top of a tripod (a Pentax 67). When I asked him, if he would like to be portrayed, he reluctantly agreed, but mentioned that he did not have much time.

We stepped outside the shop to do the portrait and entered the small lane leading to the backyards of some residential buildings next to it. I liked that place, because of its reduced colours. Its narrowness seemed the right setting for a portrait of this serious man, dressed completely in black on a grey winter day.

by Albrecht Fuchs, photographer - www.albrechtfuchs.de

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