April 2021 - I heard that this photo of mine was announced as the winner of the Black & White category of Amateur Photographer magazine's 2021 photographer of the year competition. Sponsors of the competition are MPB.
The photo is available to buy as a limited edition print in the Manchester, England gallery: https://www.ianbramham.com/photo_14485528.html
This is what the competition judges said about the photo:
“This atmospheric image has been handled extremely well, particularly as it was shot in conditions that can be tricky. Despite its bright highlights and dark shadows, giving a very wide range for the camera’s sensor to record, Ian has managed to capture detail in every part of the image. The verticals have been kept vertical, which helps the viewer appreciate the scale of the architecture. The perspective and lead-in lines take you through the image, but everything is brought together by the figure walking through the scene on the right. Silhouetted agains the bright fog and carrying a bag, they make me start to ask questions. Where are they going? Where have they been? What is in their bag? Why are they the only person in the image and where is everyone else? This small but perfect detail completes the image. Creating a narrative that make your viewer stop and ask questions always makes a picture all the more compelling and effective.
Gavin Prest, Guest Judge, Amateur Photographer magazine's photographer of the year competition.
This is a wonderfully atmospheric image reminiscent of classic photography from Life magazine. It feels like it could be 1950s Chicago. The solitary pedestrian, perfectly positioned, adds a much needed focal point.
Nigel Atherton, Editor, Amateur Photographer magazine.