Downtown Bristol, Rhode Island Street Photography: Documenting the end of 2020 with a 50mm lens.

Having used a 35 mm lens for the majority of my photography, having documented this small town that is Bristol, RI with an ultra wide lens for story telling experimentation, and having still the fifty- nifty go-to staple lens by my side, it would be a shame not to share the images taken with this lens which has produced some of my favourite photos.

First off,

Happy New Years everyone!

To start off 2021 I thought it’d be a good idea to address everyone who follows my blog and latest posts.

Thank you so, so much.

This year I’m continuing to publish more photography related content as well as longer form writing posts where I can explore in detail my work flow, the creative process, and overall philosophy.

To get a better idea I would love for you guys to let me know what type of content you’d be interested in seeing whether that’d be more documentary image sharing or explanatory- type posts. Your input helps me get a better idea of how I can tailor this website for you guys who support and uplift my work.

Again, thank you.


The 50mm f 1.8 is probably one of the best lenses you can get at a relatively low price. This lens was my first purchase after I decided I wanted something with higher quality than the kit lens. I’ve had this thing for like 4 years and even though it’s not in the best condition, it still takes sharp, crisp images.

It’s widely said that the 50mm is the closest focal length to what you see with your own eyes, so that’s something to consider if you’re going for a certain look with your photography. For me, I love it because the images retain a sort of intimacy with your subject that the 35mm and wider lenses don’t quite capture.

I hope you enjoy looking through these images enough to consider buying yourself a 50mm. It’ll be worth the investment.


Photos taken: December 26, 2020

Location: Downtown Bristol, Rhode Island

Gear: Canon 6D w/ 50mm f1.8


Changing Perspectives

Using the 50mm in recplacement of my usual 35mm actually helped me see this town differently. I don’t know how many times I’ve walked around downtown Bristol (Rhode Island) taking pictures, but with a different focal length I’m able to see the same place with a new perspective which keeps me greatful and creative.

What’s your preference, B&W or color?

let me know in the comments.

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Franklin St

Golden Hour

I looked to my right after taking this picture to see a few walkerbys with their eyebrows arched at what I was doing. I have to admit that it must look strange from an outside perspective to see me do what I do. I would’ve explained to them, had I the chance, that the iceicles melting from the powerline were symbolic to me and that my job as a photographer is to find meaning in the mundane scenes of life.

Stone Chapel
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church


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Like all of you, I spent both the winter season and spring cooped up at home social distancing, self-quarantining and losing partial sanity.

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