Stepping out to snap Leeds streets

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A street photographer has captured Leeds in his latest foray into the city.

Chris Porsz, who works as a paramedic, returned to West Yorkshire five years after he first took a striking collection of images (pictured in slideshow) in Leeds as part of a tour of British cities and European capitals.

Chris Porsz took this picture this year.

Chris Porsz took this picture this year.

His latest venture north from his Peterborough home netted this shot after he spent hours pounding the streets with his camera.

Chris, 63, said: “I can walk 10,11,12 hours and get an image that stands out. I am always looking out for something quirky, something surreal, something that stands out from the crowd and Leeds is a great place to do that.

There are some great characters there and the people are very friendly and very responsive.”

Kitted out in a “good pair of shoes” and armed with food, water and his trusty camera, Chris spent around 10 hours in the city, taking - and deleting - hundreds of photographs.

Chris Porsz pictures taken in Sheffield

Chris Porsz pictures taken in Sheffield

“It’s all about putting the miles in and serendipity,” he said. “It’s a bit like my job as a paramedic; you never know what’s around the next corner.”

Chris’s early work from the 1970s and 80s was captured in the book, New England, depicting the people and culture of Peterborough. The images are about to enjoy a resurgence as the culmination of seven years’ work comes to fruition. Despite taking no contact details for his subjects Chris has managed to find many of them and recreate the original images - even stumbling on some subjects through work call-outs. Reunions, due to be published in autumn, catalogues the re-shoots.

Visit www.chrisporsz.com for more information or to buy a copy of New England.

The YEP is inviting readers to send in your images of Leeds’s streets. Please email your photographs with your name and contact number to: yep.newsdesk@ypn.co.uk.

A stallholder on Kirkgate Market in 2011.

A stallholder on Kirkgate Market in 2011.

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