An amateur photographer is having his work viewed by millions of jetsetters after he pounded the streets of European capitals with camera in hand.
Chris Porsz, who writes the ‘Paramedic Paparazzo’ column in the Peterborough Telegraph, has 59 of his photos from across the continent on display at London Luton Airport which had 10.5 million passengers last year.
Chris (62) was one of several photographers contacted in the spring of last year about taking street photographs which would be put on display across the airport as it set about brightening up the departures and arrivals walkways.
Excited by the project, the East of England Ambulance Service paramedic quickly packed his bags and embarked on a series of two-three day trips to cities such as Barcelona, Rome, Berlin, Vienna, Warsaw, Prague, London and Edinburgh where planes from London Luton fly to.
The trips involved leaving behind wife Lesley for 12 hour days walking through the streets with camera at the ready as he sought to capture the hidden side of the many famous cities.
Chris, of Grimshaw Road, Dogsthorpe, said: “This all came out of the blue and I was shocked but pleasantly surprised.
“I was trying to capture iconic images but in a different way. I looked for people who stood out from the crowd, iconic landmarks, street performers, railway stations.
“It was dawn till dusk but it kept me fit.
“It’s unpredictable. You just see what’s around the next corner. That’s what I love about street photography.”
Yet despite taking in many different European sites, it was closer to home that Chris captured his favourite image, a London Underground worker at Oxford Circus with a red mohican.
Other personal favourites included a collage of dogs from the cities Chris visited.
The photos went on display at London Luton in March and will stay there for five years.
Chris added: “There has been a fantastic response from passengers and airport staff. It’s very satisfying to see the photos and I’ve had people take selfies by them.”
To see more of Chris’ photos, visit www.chrisporsz.com.