I was forced to cancel my photography workshops a week or so before the U.K. officially went into lockdown. There was no one on the streets to shoot. Then, I started seeing people shooting in Red Dead Redemption 2 and decided to give it a go.
I’m inspired by the work of Saul Leiter and Ernst Haas, who were both pioneers of colour street photography and often photographed New York during the 1950s and 60s. I think Red Dead Redemption 2 has created an atmosphere that is about as close as you can get in a video game to replicating those glory days of street photography. It features a lot of characters wearing hats as well as the same colours and lighting you find in early street photography.