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The Fuzz

By TomG
Earlier this year the British Peoples Party held a demo against music of black origin being sold at HMV in Leeds.

12 members of the BPP turned up... and approx 500 Leeds folk in a counter protest.

Tags: Photo journalism Police General Leeds Protest Portraits and people Fascists Bpp

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9 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2008 11:11PM
its a great shot, but i think i may have preferred just mono, the colour poppin thing dosnt add anything for me, its a well caught moments though

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Jestertheclown Plus
9 7.6k 252 England
27 Dec 2008 11:29PM
Please see my mod.
TomG Plus
10 3 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2008 11:36PM
Cheers for the comments folks.

The reason for the mono was due to the sun shining direct down the alley and throwing the colours out from light to shade. I didn't have the time to get the right settings!

I cropped each cop as a different layer and then played about with turning them on and off in different the end I couldn't decide :o)

TomG Plus
10 3 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2008 11:47PM
And i really like the phrase "..cropped each cop..."

croberts Plus
13 2.2k 8 Ireland
28 Dec 2008 12:22AM
its an unusual scene, but needs to say more than it does. its just a picture of some police..

Id have loved to have seen some of the tension, and perhaps had HMV more prominent in the shot.

maybe even dropping to a low angle, and getting in closer, would have given the police a more dominating and impressive appearance.

you maybe have those shots? but the edit is a much of the shoot as the pics themselves. if you have to choose just one shot to tell the story.......
TomG Plus
10 3 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2008 12:52AM
croberts: Agree with what your saying. When I first arrived I managed to get through the police line by looking purposeful and waving my camera. I got close to the protesters but there was one cop going round checking photographers for press ID..... Hence i got panicky and started firing of shots willy-nilly before being thrown out, the result being lots of crappy blurred images of what could have been great..

Live an learn eh?

skye1 Plus
10 29 4 Wales
28 Dec 2008 8:13AM
Nice shot I like this, I like the selective colour myself on the police as to me upon arriving on that scene a person would be instantly drawn to the police presence which I feel the image has captured, would have been great if it had more foreground in front of them maybe some of the street leading into them for more impact - but given your circumstances at the time you just take what you can - still a nice shot capturing the day nicely - can also see what Croberts says being lower would have a really strong impact but can see you wasn't able to do that with them hunting for ID etc

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