Its not often we get a coronation in the UK, and naturally it was a great opportunity to go out and capture some iconic moments of the afternoon prior to the main event, as crowds of people were gathering around the Mall ahead of the procession which would bring the new King and Queen to their Coronation at Westminster Abbey and back to Buckingham Palace the next day.
What struck me the most that afternoon was the eclectic mix of people, shapes, colours, rain, sunshine, tourist, Londoners, Royal maniacs and doubters, protesters of all kinds, flaneurs, police, workmen, photographers, towncriers, flags, tents, TV crews, dogs, young and old; all embrassing the chaos that the impending coronation was creating on the Mall that day.
There was a real buzz around the place and a feeling that people wanted to be there and express themselves extravagantly, talk to people, be seen, and to put it simply: be British.
I will let my Photographs do the rest of the talking, but spending an afternoon capturing all these moments made me fall in love all over again with shooting street on a vintage Leica, in a way that I hadn’t for a while.
All photos where shot with my 1960 Leica M3, paired with a Carl Zeiss 50mm f/2 Planar, and 2 rolls of Kodak Portra… I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them, whilst hopefully giving Martin Parr and Anil Mistry a run for their money…
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