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BeDoubleYou’s View of the Street


I recently had the great fortune to meet the award winning “emerging talent” in street photography, +Sarah Choi It was a real eye opener, a pleasure to work with Sarah, but ever since then I’ve started noticing and expanding my view of the genre. So who has caught my eye?

+Jianwei Yang has an amazing attention to detail in shadows, geometry, line and can tell a story with the simplest of images.

+Swee Oh
initially caught my eye with some of her black and white architectural work, and blew me away with some of her blue series.

took me with her work on the streets of Berlin, with shadow featuring highly.

+Valerie JardinThe master at work? Valerie is soon running some workshops jointly with Marie in London. These would be a great attend for those serious about street.

+Chaz Wright The photography of Chaz Wright is quirky, but I do like his work on the streets of Japan in black and white. When you look at some of his photos you think, ‘What’s the story here?’ and then his “title” grabs you and pulls you into the photo.

+Ina GatIna Gat is an amateur photographer from Berlin who not unlike many others has a day job. Fabulously dark and powerful images a lot of black and white, and great use of light and shadow on the street.

+Dako H.Dako H is a street photographer from Seoul. Captures almost exclusively in b&w, with some colour shots now and then. Wonderfully minimalistic in approach and a fantastic eye for geometry and shadow as a background to the human element on the street.

+Bernd SchaefersI have long been a fan of Bernd with his distinctive black and white studies of his Travels from Germany to Hong Kong. They really capture the mood. What is it with the IT industry? Are we all destined to become closet street photographers? Certainly not the first I have found sharing the same industry as me. (Not saying I am anywhere near the same league – nor even trying to be!)

+Hiroyuki OguraTotally Tokyo! Fascinating B&W insight into life on the streets of Japan. I really can’t explain why. They’re not just dark, they’re perfectly black. The shots could also be ANY city, but they’re definitely and could only be Japan. The shots simply show the human element in the urban street environment.

+Thomas LeuthardI have admired Thomas’ work for some time. He’s going to be teaching at the Out of Chicago gig in June 2015 with sessions like the “10 commandments of Street Photography”. Shame they’re pretty much sold out already!

Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty more out there. Street Photography is big, with many more contemporaries out there to go watch how they do it. In my list so far there are rising stars, emerging talents, and established greatness. I’ve enjoyed my introduction to Street Photography and will continue to watch the genre with interest on G+, Instagram, Flickr and elsewhere on the web, and I’m sure I will continue to be influenced in my own works by some of these great artists. Well done to all for making my list. If, you’re reading this and you’re not on my list and want to be… drop me a line! I’ll be updating it from time to time.

Photography on this post by BeDoubleYou. All links open in a new browser window and direct you to a relevant place to view each artists work, for example on Google Plus.


Perfect Planning Prevents Poor Performance

Absolutely delighted with what’s just landed on my coffee table! If you’d like to get ahead of the new year, then you too can grab a copy of one of these 134 page Year Planners from BeDoubleYou. Printed and bound in full colour with 16 travel photography images by BeDoubleYou, the planner is a week to a page diary / planner. For more details, see my bookstore on Blurb:

New Year coming?

Believe it or not, it’ll soon be time to get that New Year Planner. What will you go for? Why not try one of these?


To help you plan your next trip, or just to coordinate the family activities, this 134 page Planner is available in softback or hardback versions. Illustrated throughout with photography by BeDoubleYou (Brian Waters). January 2015 start, week to a page with photographs at each month start.

Standard Hardcover, Dust Jacket books come with durable library binding and 8pt. black linen covers made of a hard-wearing cotton blend coated with water-based acrylic for extra resiliency. These books include laminated 4-color dust jackets with front and back flaps and printing on the spine.

Beautifully produced by Blurb and available for sale on their site, this year planner is also available in glossy softcover version.

Why not head over to my FaceBook Page to see what else is going on. There’s a photo contest, and lots of photos.


p.s I am always open to feedback so please leave me a comment, or head over to my FB page and join in the convo over there. One thing I would really like to discuss is my next book project. What sort of book would you like to see? I have a wide variety of photographs that may go into a book, but I can’t quite decide. Help me out?

BeDoubleYou PicsViewr


Now you can view my Flickr photos as a pile of interactive polaroids, thanks to PicsViewr. Click through to view.

Birthday Boy


OK, so I turned fifty at the weekend, and I got an iPad, and it has opened me up to new styles and treatments in my photography. I am growing rather fond of two new apps: Camera+ and Snapseed. Either on their own or working together, you can create some amazing instant effects. Here’s one I took of the Oracle Centre, Reading. What do you think?

I rarely do portraits…

I rarely do portraits...

….but these portraits were done at night while walking with family and friends along Weston Super Mere waterfront. I wanted to achieve a decent portrait but capture the sparkly lights in the background in ‘bokeh’. The first two or three attempts came out too overexposed on the face because of the direct flash (hotshoe mounted Speedlite 430EX) You can see the rest of the shots on the BeDoubleYou Facebook page:

A captive audience


While everyone would be down the front taking close up photos of the man talking, and probably getting in the way of the folks watching the “Town Hall” – and yes I did some of that too – I was also up on the first floor overlooking the Restaurant where the town hall was being held, getting that extra special different shot of the occasion. Here CEO Mike Gregoire of CA Technologies talks to staff in Ditton Park on his first visit to the office in March 2013.

BeDoubleYou Photography – The logo

BeDoubleYou Photography - The logo

BeDoubleYou Photography brand is slowly taking shape thanks to the new logo design by ‘Logo by Brook’ who offers a fantastic logo design service worldwide, based out of Australia. You should check out what ‘Logo by Brook’ has to offer on the Facebook page:

BeDoubleYou Photography

BeDoubleYou Photography

BeDoubleYou Photography brand is slowly taking shape thanks to the new logo design by ‘Logo by Brook’ who offers a fantastic logo design service worldwide, based out of Australia. You should check out what ‘Logo by Brook’ has to offer on the Facebook page:

Painterly Eilean Donan


Here’s another look at Eilean Donan castle in Scotland’s North West, from a different angle this time. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 500D and having done some post production on it I have achieved rather a painterly feel to it. What do you think? You can see more of my photos on Ipernity at:

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