The story behind the photo: goodbye at Leeds Station

Saying goodbye at Leeds train station by Stuart Glossop

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In the first half of 2010, we ran a photo competition, asking travellers to submit their travel shots and help create a virtual photo mosaic of the world. We received over 130,000 amazing images and had to whittle entries down to finalists and a winner – no easy feat! We interviewed some of our finalists to get the story behind the image – like this one taken by Stuart Glossop.

Set the scene for us. Where and when was your image taken?

The picture was taken at Leeds Bus Station where I was waiting as it were to start my particular journey. I wish I could remember where I was going but I can't really as I only came across the picture a couple of weeks later when I looked through the files.

How did you arrive at that place/moment?

I'm interested in street photography so I am always on the look out for interesting images. I saw the couple from the entrance of the bus station whilst having a cigarette and eventually they kissed. I took just one shot and as I say almost forgot about it until I was going through some old files: I printed it in colour to start with but that seemed to lose a bit of the romance so I converted it to black and white.

Was it a lucky shot, or did you organise to capture it?

I guess you could say it was a lucky shot but as I take some sort of street shot every day I would argue that it was a case of being ready to shoot the disorganised and therefore maybe not as lucky as you would probably think.

I stuck it on the wall of my flat and people started noticing it and telling me what a good shot it was. However, they always asked me one question and that was if it had been set up. It's not as I've tried taking pictures in bus and train stations but I tend to get the security surrounding me and telling me 'It's illegal to take pictures here!'

What does the relationship between travel and photography mean to you?

In essence travel photography is in my opinion about capturing the moment that will bring forward a memory. I believe the moving image excludes the time to think of the memory. It should evoke a feeling and raise questions of a particular place and time. Hopefully the photograph makes the viewer ask whether he is leaving on journey? Is she travelling? Is this the final leg of the journey? Of course only the subjects in the picture can answer the questions.

Where can we find you on the web if we’d like to see more of your photos or read more about your travels?

More of my photography can be found in two places: http://twitpic.com/photos/StuartofLeeds - where I post a picture every morning and http://stuartsphotographyleedsuk.blogspot.com/