Photographer Takes Impressive Street Portraits in his Lunch Break

While many simply eat out or gorge on take-outs during lunch breaks, a photographer based in Oxford, England typically spends this time off to take portraits out in the streets.

“Quite a lot of my photos get taken between the hours of 1 and 2 in the afternoon on weekdays. That’s right. My lunch hour. A time of day when I can actually make use of my camera, a time of day which occurs every day with seldom a fail,” photographer David Stumpp says about his ongoing photo essay aptly called Lunchtime Portraits, which he started in 2010.

Not sure about everyone else, but this idea totally makes sense to me. We devote much of our time, thoughts, and energy at work, and lunch breaks are often the only time left for us to do anything we want (I’m sure I’m not the only person who has felt drained to do anything else after work). Also, knowing that a lot of people step out of the office for lunch, it’s actually a perfect time for David to prowl the streets of Oxford, England, where he is currently based, in search of interesting people to photograph with film cameras.

He expounds on this on his website:

“There are so many faces and personalities out at midday in a town like Oxford; an ever-rotating scene of groups and individuals, some passing through on holiday, others coming through on steady performance tours, students, a scattered few locals (not surprisingly working their day-jobs), and everyone with their own reason to be out between my morning and my evening shifts. How perfect for me. I’d almost believe that I’d engineered the day job only to provide myself with that nearly 1-hour, daily photographic window.”

Take a look at the The Lunchtime Portraits so far on his Flickr, and as he notes, make sure to click through each photo to find out the story behind each portrait!

written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-05-06 in #lifestyle #street-portraits #streets #street-photography #analogue-lifestyle #lunchtime-portraits #oxford #david-stumpp #portraits #photo-essay

More Interesting Articles

  • Scott Brasher Chases Fashion in the Streets of New York with the Petzval Lens

    written by antoniocastello on 2015-03-09 in #people #lomoamigos
    Scott Brasher Chases Fashion in the Streets of New York with the Petzval Lens

    Scott Brasher is a fashion street photographer based in New York City. His work has been featured on many media outlets while working with brands like Cover Girl, MTV, Reebok, and Target, among many others. But before this, Scott started shooting in the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, capturing its daily urban fashion. Last month, he took the Petzval Lens to the streets of New York to photograph scenes at the famous New York Fashion Week.

  • Pieces of Berlin Make Their Way to NYC

    written by efrost on 2014-09-29 in #people #events
    Pieces of Berlin Make Their Way to NYC

    Photographer Florian Reischauer is no stranger to the Lomography community. In 2013, our LomoAmigo took a Lubitel 166+ out for a spin and told us about his famous blog, "Pieces of Berlin". A few years earlier, he took time to take part in the 5 Questions on Analogue Photographyseries. Now, we’re here to give you the latest scoop on Florian Reischauer and his next appearance in NYC to present his new book which was based off of his blog, "Pieces of Berlin 2009-2013".

  • Petzval LomoAmigo: Jörgen Axelvall

    written by ciscoswank on 2015-02-13 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo: Jörgen Axelvall

    Jörgen Axelvall is Swedish photographer based in Tokyo. His work with the Lomo'Instant last year made a lasting impression, and he's back with several stunning images, this time taken with the new Petzval Lens.

    1
  • Shop News

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • December 24th Advent Offer: Shop Today & Save 10%! (Online Code: LASTCHANCE10)

    written by jacobs on 2014-12-24 in #news
    December 24th Advent Offer: Shop Today & Save 10%! (Online Code: LASTCHANCE10)

    Today is our last Advent deal of the day! We know you're probably busy making preparations and eating pie, so why not take a break and treat yourself to something nice? Our last awesome deal is 10% off your order in the Online Shop or your nearest Gallery so hurry on over before the deal ends!

  • Lorenzo Antico's 'Final Shot' Presents Last Shots From 33 Films

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-05-12 in #world #lifestyle #videos
    Lorenzo Antico's 'Final Shot' Presents Last Shots From 33 Films

    A movie's parting shot is a crucial element in the sense that it could either make or break the lasting impression that it would have on its audience. It could either wrap things up quite nicely and leave viewers satisfied, or it could do otherwise. For many, it's often the first thing that comes to mind long after the final credits have rolled out.

  • Duffman and the Art of Shooting Perfect Petzval Portraits

    written by shhquiet on 2015-03-23 in #people #news
    Duffman and the Art of Shooting Perfect Petzval Portraits

    Say hello to Duffman, a 20-year-old photographer based in Frankfurt, Germany. He started taking film photos when he received a Diana F+ camera for his 16th birthday. Now he uses the Petzval Lens for capturing really impressive portraits. Get to know more about him after the jump!

    5
  • Shop News

    Fisheye One Pearl Blue

    Fisheye One Pearl Blue

    Snap dazzling 35mm fisheye shots at the push of a button with this shimmery blue lightweight beauty.

  • Trent Parke on the Beauty of Film Photography

    written by Kwyn Kenaz Aquino on 2015-04-04 in #world #lifestyle #videos
    Trent Parke on the Beauty of Film Photography

    How can so many good things be revealed in one interview? In this fifteen-minute video, Trent Parke gives his eloquent take on why film photography matters. His stories about drying films on clotheslines and "walking the streets everyday capturing light" also remind us that Film Photography Day is just eight days away!

  • A Salute to the Masters: Rugby (A Tribute to Robert Doisneau)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-06-06 in #world #lifestyle
    A Salute to the Masters: Rugby (A Tribute to Robert Doisneau)

    This is a tribute to one of the most famous French social and street photographers, Robert Doisneau. During his life he was able to capture many little moments of everyday Parisian life with humanity and grace. His photos, full of poetry and humor, tell the ordinary life in the suburbs of the big French capital, away from the richest central areas of the city. Read more after the jump!

    1
  • A Salute to the Masters: Buraco (A Tribute to Alfred Eisenstaedt)

    written by sirio174 on 2014-09-21 in #lifestyle
    A Salute to the Masters: Buraco (A Tribute to Alfred Eisenstaedt)

    Alfred Eisenstaedt was one of Life Magazine's greatest photographers, known for his ability to immortalize the storytelling moment of many public events in history. To write this tribute to him, I chose a subject that he photographed in different places and times: card players in public places. The photos in this article were taken at the Patronal Feast of my city Como, during a series of buraco's lessons held by a local card players club.

  • Shop News

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    Really want to bring your film photos to life? We’re now offering totally analogue fine art prints in a host of large sizes and formats! Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • First Impressions of the Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Lens by Fashion Photographer Issa Ng

    written by Jill Tan Radovan on 2015-06-10 in #people #lifestyle #reviews
    First Impressions of the Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Lens by Fashion Photographer Issa Ng

    Issa Ng is a Hong Kong-based fashion and commercial photographer. Leveraging on many years working as an art director and stylist for several international brands in the advertising industry, he was able to develop a strong sense of style and talent for conceptual execution, composition and intense imagery. He now specializes in portraits, and is continuously on the lookout for new and exciting projects. He talks about his experience shooting with the Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Control lens in this interview.

    4
  • Photographer Gilbert Blecken Captures Iconic Musicians on Film

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-03-02 in #people #lifestyle
    Photographer Gilbert Blecken Captures Iconic Musicians on Film

    Back in the 1990s, Gilbert Blecken was a big music fan and wrote for his own small music fanzine. He would interview bands in between sound checks and take photographs of them. He was never a professional photographer or worked for a company; he simply did it for his fanzine. Twenty years on, Gilbert’s photographs have matured into an amazing documentation of some of the biggest music icons of that era. We caught up with Gilbert to ask him about these photographs and the fascinating story behind them.

    10
  • 'Stilpirat' Steffen Böttcher Lures the Lomography Petzval Lens to France

    written by zonderbar on 2014-10-17 in #people #lomoamigos
    'Stilpirat' Steffen Böttcher Lures the Lomography Petzval Lens to France

    Steffen Böttcher's blog is already home to some very beautiful portraits taken with the New Petzval Lens. But the Petzval does so much more than just taking beautiful portraits; Böttcher recently took the lens with him on a mobile home adventure across the South of France. Find out more about the German photographer and his road trip in this exclusive interview.