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I met Scarlet and her parents when I was doing the Pop Up Studio. I thought at the time that she might be good to photograph for my pink project. I photographed a lot of people over the 4 weeks of the pop up, but Scarlet was one of the faces that stuck in my mind. I phoned her parents last week and they were kind enough to let me visit them and take some photos in their house.

I shot 3 rolls of film and got several good shots. I like this one as she looks doll like on the floor. I also noticed her shoe collection. She is only nine months and has more shoes than I do.

Thanks to Michelle, Aaron and Scarlet.

My book project has been forcing me to try new approaches to making photographs. The book Generation Pink sets out to document the current prevalence and popularity of the colour pink, amongst all things produced and marketed towards young girls in the UK. To compliment the series of portraits I have done, I’ve been out on the street looking for further evidence of the ‘pink epidemic’. I am not a street photographer. I am used to having people’s permission and full attention when I photograph them. I am having to use different techniques and equipment to get the images I am after.

This also involves a lot of waiting… I have been setting up a shot, and then just waiting for the right element of pink to pass by. Sometimes this is successful, and I just have to be patient. But I am feeling the need to get closer to the action and get more involved in the crowd. For this I need to switch from my Mamiya 7 to the Fuji X100 as the Mamiya is just too tricky to focus on the go.

I found this video clip on In Public’s facebook page- ‘You know it when you see it’. It gives an insight into the process of street photographer Melanie Einzig’s tecnique. I think the trick is to just be bolder and get closer…