I knew that a West End full of Christmas shoppers on a very overcast and rainy day was going to be a challenge for street photography – not least because of the poor light and the crowds – but I hadn’t expected it to be so boring! No crazy shoppers battling each other for the last of whatever is the latest thing to have; no-one collapsing under the weight of their shopping; no pushing and shoving on the pavements: it was all very civilised. I suppose that’s what the age of online shopping has brought about. Most people seemed to be out for a bit of a Sunday mooch about the shops – even with the rain.
So I turned my camera on the interesting characters I spotted.