Looking at his blunt and expressive portraits, you wouldn’t think of Charlie Kwai
as shy, but that’s how he describes himself in his pre street photography life, when landscapes where all he could think about. The shift happened less than two years ago with the purchase of a digital camera, the perfect instrument to explore his natural interest in people and an excellent excuse to start a conversation with them. His signature candid-camera style images, products of his long wandering walks around London or of the international trips he embarks on as one-third of photographic group Tripod City
, capture the awkward moments that punctuate our daily lives, bringing to our attention details that usually escape our less-acute eyes.