Mayfair Portraits by Robert John Watson

Saturday 14 May 2022
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Somerset House
D25 - Robert John Watson
Mezzanine - Discovery Section (D)

‘Mayfair Portraits’ is an ongoing project. Shot purely for the love of photography, the want to document life and the stress involved in asking strangers if their picture can be taken. These photographs are executed predominantly in one particular street in London’s Mayfair where the architectural beauty and symmetry lends itself to street portraits. Once asked, and the person agrees to having their portrait taken, there is about 10 seconds to get them in the correct position and capture the image. If the process goes on for longer, their expression will start to show concern and their need to move on becomes apparent in their body language and face. This means that in most cases, there is only time to take one frame before the moment is over. ‘If the process of taking a photograph doesn’t scare me or excite me then it won’t be any good.’