London Street Performers – Twin Features for Buzzfeed UK
Following on from my homelessness feature, I pitched and was commissioned to write two features on London Street Performers for Buzzfeed UK:
For the first feature we used photos of the performers holding up whiteboards, along with embedded audio quotes and text; for the second – which focussed more on the performers’ backgrounds and how they made a living – we dropped the whiteboards and used more images of them performing.
Matt and I gathered the material we needed over two days; we started at Southbank Centre on a Saturday, then finished at Covent Garden the following weekend. We recorded short interviews with everyone we spoke to (interviewing a man dressed as a cat in front of a gaggle of confused children has definitely been one of my more surreal journalism experiences), and Matt took photos.
Between them, the two posts clocked up around 125,000 hits. The first post had a healthy traffic boost after American musician and performance artist Amanda Palmer shared the post on her Facebook page and wrote about it on her blog.