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18 peachy photos of Londoners from Becky Frances

Street photographer Becky Frances has been living in London for the past five years – and capturing its citizens long before that. Below, she shares her work and some of her tips

By Guy Parsons
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Kids, 2016

‘For me, street photography is itIt's what I want to do. It's almost impossible to run out of subjects as something different happens on the same street every day. London is full of surprises.’

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Pug Life, 2016

‘I started off using a Canon 450D and a long lens (50-200mm).  It took me a while to build up enough confidence to ditch the lens and use a regular 18-55mm, getting closer to the people I wanted to photograph.’

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Sister Ray's, 2016

‘The Canon is a lovely camera but it’s bulky and people do see you coming when you’re using it, so a couple of years ago I switched to an Olympus EM5 which I absolutely love.

It’s smaller and easier to use and has a flip screen, so you can shoot from the hip and see what you're doing.’


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Pride, 2016

‘I’m fine with waiting for a person to notice me and photographing their reaction, but I'm not into the intrusive kind of street portraiture practiced by Bruce Gilden, which to me is all about sticking your camera right in someone's face – I wouldn't do that!’

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Metamorphosis, 2014

‘Two of my favourite street photographers are Martin Parr and Joel Meyerowitz.  I could see from their work that street photography is not just about photographing people walking down the street.’

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Dave's strut, 2016

‘It's about so much more – their surroundings, the light, the colour and humour in different situations.  I didn't set out to emulate them, but I did have an idea of what I should be looking for when I was out shooting.’

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Singing in Shoreditch, 2015

‘As a city, London is fairly friendly to photographers.  Most people I come across are very happy to have their photo taken – if they even see me doing it. 

I've had a couple of instances where people have been very angry. The first time it happened it really put me off going out shooting and it took a while to go out on my own again.’

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Red Stripe, 2016

‘I think maybe it helps that I’m female – I do know a few male photographers that have been in physical fights with people who didn't want their photo taken!’

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Distracted, 2015

‘If I were to give advice to aspiring street photographers, I would say practice, practice, practice.  Getting out as regularly as you can builds your confidence and sharpens your eye.’

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Skater Girl, Brick Lane, 2016

‘Photograph in a way you feel comfortable with at first then slowly push yourself out of your comfort zone - get closer to people, wait for eye contact, that kind of thing. Find your own style and don't let other people tell you what to do.’

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Shake a tail feather, 2016

‘And London is full of characters that are waiting to share their stories – and people who are less happy when you catch them doing something they shouldn't be! It's a fantastic city full of colour and diversity and I hope I'm shooting it for a long time yet.’

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Shadow dancers, 2014

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Chapel Hill Market, 2012

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Happy Shoppers, 2013

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Happy Coppers, 2014

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Thinking caps on, 2013

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It's lit, 2012

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City views blow away the blues, 2016

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