I was lucky enough to visit the Chinese capital of Beijing in 1998, and entered a fascinating and very friendly world. There was no problem at all photographing, in fact the people were very willing to participate. All my images were shot on a Leica M3 using Fuji film. I is certainly a city I would love to return to, but I think the chances are pretty remote now.
"Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." - Elliott Erwitt
I am a great admirer of what I term as traditional street photography, first practised by the great French icons such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Doisneau. This traveled across the Atlantic to be continued by Robert Frank, Elliott Erwitt etc.
The mission of the street photographer is to make others see what they would normally pass by not noticing: to open their eyes to the world around them. This is what I try to achieve (hopefully sometimes successfully) with my street images.
My hometown of Southampton is very multicultural with many ethnic groups, which is one of the reasons I like it so much. One of the biggest groups is the Sikh community from the Punjab area of India. Vaisakhi is a major festival in the calendar, and celebrates the birth of the founder of the Sikh religion. Photographing in the community I always feel very welcome.