Jon Nicholson

The Square Mile

‘As we head to Brexit I walked the streets of the Square Mile to observe how the people live and work within its boundary’ (Nicholson J, s.d.)

Coffee Shop, Leica M246
Fig. 2.

Rush hour, Leica M246
Fig. 3.

I was working in the City of London within the financial sector when it was announced that we were leaving the EU. After reviewing the photographic series by Jon Nicholson titled ‘The Square Mile’ for me Jon Nicholson not only captured how people live and work in the area, but he also managed to encapsulate the mood that was circulating in the City of London at the time.

I felt that the use of Black and White images together with the photo journalistic style helped to capture the mundane daily grind of working within the City of London, coupled with the concern people immediately felt upon the result of the Referendum. Being a large financial hub in Europe, people started to question what this meant for them and whether their jobs were safe.

I particularly like the photograph titled ‘Coffee Shop, Leica M246 ‘. The three subjects looking out onto the road with the reflection of people rushing by. To me the two people on the left seem to be in deep thought, whilst the other on his mobile leaves you wondering what the conversation was about.

The photograph titled ‘Rush hour, Leica M246’ communicates well how busy the City of London can be during rush hour. I like the way that Jon Nicholson has achieved this without overcrowding the photograph with people and creating confusion. He’s managed to achieve this through the angle the photograph was taken; below eye level looking up. The area I wish to photograph in my assignment has a large transport hub within it, which is always busy. The composition of this photograph has shown me that you do not need to capture a large crowd within the photograph to convey a busy intersection/time of day.

I noted upon reviewing Jon Nicholson’s work that he does not use the same orientation
or aspect ratio for all his images. However, through arranging the photographs vertically and keeping the same width for each photograph, this seems to avoid the eye from darting around allowing the viewer to take more time on each image.

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