Cardiff Street Photography samples and introduction by Mark Hawkins of Composed Images.

Street Photography



Cardiff street photography is an endless source of inspiration. The ebb and flow of people and seasons, buildings rising up and getting knocked down, architectural icons, differences between certain areas: all of it fascinates.

Cardiff has been home for most of my adult life. Ours is a modern capital bursting with unique charm: the electric city centre buzz of a big Six Nations match day, St David’s Day parades, graduation ceremonies, concerts, culture and entertainment found in Cardiff Bay at the Millennium Centre. A UK nightlife hotspot, it’s an obvious destination city for parties of excitable stags and hens.

Our city’s streets are a public stage for activism, protests and celebration. Whether it’s an emotive vote like the EU Referendum or a general election, a high profile royal visit, football fan-fests or glorious sporting homecomings, there are usually street subjects inviting attention and documentary.


 In September 2018 my book of Cardiff street photography, Canton & Pontcanna, was published by The History Press – more about that here. A few pieces of work have hung out in a coffee shop or two across Cardiff, I have been commissioned to produce street photography in Cardiff and Swansea, and remain open to commissions.

Across the blog pages of this website you can find street photography from other cities including London, Oxford, Gloucester, Rome, Barcelona and Chicago.

Street photography is a hard-to-explain compulsion that goes beyond money. Like the subject itself, my interest in it ebbs and flows. Streets and cities are forever changing, always transient, and I go through phases with it.

Naturally there are long periods when I feel less of a street photographer and it drops off my radar. But a new idea, lens or piece of equipment, even a striking new building might suddenly reignite my interest. Or I might see a frame from nowhere and feel a spark has returned.

Get in touch to discuss any street photography ideas or commissions. Call 07949023795 or email

Cardiff, Wales, UK. March 1st 2019. 'St David' leads the St David's Day Parade towards Cardiff city centre.