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Londonist Behind The Lens: Homemade

By Lindsey Last edited 108 months ago
Londonist Behind The Lens: Homemade

A series celebrating the talent of our friends over in the Londonist Flickr pool who make our site look pretty with their fabulous photographs. Here, they introduce themselves and share their favourite London shots.

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East Croydon Station – I go to work early (I'm out of the house by 6am most days) but its not all bad as the early mornings offer some great photo opportunities - the lights and empty streets help. Even better is when you get a decent bit of fog, like in this picture, which can really helps create a more dramatic image. Combine the fog with a cinematic effect provided by the black borders in the image, a technique I first saw on Flickr by 'concretewindow' and knew that I had to copy, and you can make the most average place (East Croydon Station) look pretty cool. Thinking about images in this way can help you look at familiar surroundings in a different way.

I go by the name of Homemade on Flickr and have got into photography over the last four years. I live in Croydon and work in the City of London. The majority of my pictures are taken in these two places or of the places in between that make up my daily commute.

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Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great; Over the years I have taken pictures of most of the City of London churches. I'm also a regular user of autostitch a neat piece of free software that takes all the effort out of combining multiple images. This image combines both. The church is located by Smithfield Market and is a hidden gem. The day I took this picture they were setting up for a radio 3 performance so I had great classical music in the background whilst exploring the place. It was pretty special. If you're nearby I would highly recommend a visit.

One of the benefits of working in the city is having a photographer's playground on your doorstep. In addition to the great architecture, including the many City churches most of which are open (and free) to the public, I particularly enjoy exploring the narrow side streets and lanes that give the city its character. Another favourite is the Barbican; a concrete maze that just fascinates me. A number of my pictures have been used in official City of London and Barbican publications.

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Hannah; any visitor to my photostream will know that I have a little girl (number two is due any time) and since my family don't live locally I put plenty of pictures up of her so they can see her growing up. I've included this image because it was taken on one of the "capital ring" walks around London which I have found a great way of exploring a surprisingly green London. This image was taken in Wandsworth Cemetry which is part of the Streatham to Wimbledon section of the ring. If you want to get off the beaten path outside of central London, I would highly recommend these series of walks around the city.

I use a Nikon D50 for my photography which I carry with me pretty much everywhere – you never know when an opportunity is going to present itself. Photography makes me appreciate London, it has helped me take the time to really look at my surroundings and notice the details which are all too easy to miss when you get swept along with the hustle and bustle of the place.

Check out Homemade's Flickrstream and let us know who you'd like to see featured next by leaving a comment.

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Last Updated 05 April 2008