Portraits: Lee for We Are Cardiff


I love shooting portraits, in fact if I had to pick one genre to only shoot from now on, it’d (probably) be that. There’s only one downside – finding willing victims volunteeers. That’s why it’s really a privilege and a lot of fun to be involved with the wonderful We Are Cardiff project, which brings together the stories of the people who live in the city.

For this latest set of shots I photographed Lee, who wanted to be pictured on the beautiful balcony inside the Castle Arcade, It’s a gorgeous place to hang out, and like me, Lee said he often finds himself just people-watching the passers-by below. Next time you’re around the area, be sure to check it out.

While we were taking these photos, one of the security guards working at the Castle Arcade stopped us to ask what we were doing. In the end I  had to repeatedly assure him that this wasn’t for anything commercial before he, reluctantly, let us carry on. Now, I really do understand that the arcades are private property, so ostensibly, they can make their own rules, but what I don’t understand is why.

Repeatedly, we hear about how the arcades are struggling against the behemoths of St David’s and Queen’s Street. Yet, they’re not treated by its owners (or maybe it’s just the guards) as something unique, something for tourists, something worth visiting because of what it looks like, not just what it contains within it. While it’s true that not everyone who visits the place to look at the stunning architecture will buy something, you have to assume that at least some of them will. So, being suspicious of anyone taking photos seems more than a little shortsighted.

Oh well, just my opinion of course, feel free to share your own. In the meantime, enjoy the photos, as always, any comments, viewpoints, opinions and more are always welcome. Oh and don’t forget to check out Lee’s story on the We Are Cardiff website.

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One comment

  • These are really lovely portrait shots! I particularly like the last set in which he is standing behind the railing and looking towards the camera. I also like how his figure is in contrast to all the vertical and horizontal lines.

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