Londonist Behind The Lens: Orhan*

Lindsey
By Lindsey Last edited 113 months ago
Londonist Behind The Lens: Orhan*

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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A sunset picture, over St Pauls', taken in May, last year, one of those very rare, but very beautiful sunsets we get

in London, that time of the year. This is a bit like a postcard, but I'd like to think there is an abstract quality to it.

I never thought photography would become my main hobby. Until about two and half years ego, I thought Henri Cartier-Bresson was a famous french film director, and had never heard of Robert Capa, Rene Burri, or any other photographer.

It all started in Autumn 2005, when for the first time ever I got hold of second hand, a little digital camera, of one and a half million pixels, and as I was trying it to make it work, I had that eureka moment, and photographed my backgarden! Since then there hasn't been a day passed, that I did not think of photography.

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Tower Bridge on a foggy night, or rather early hours of the morning. What I like most here, is that I took this with 1.5 million pixels little camera (worth probably only £10 now), and it took me quite a bit of an effort to get there, in a cold, and wet January early morning, last year. I'd like to think the middle part of the photo resembles a cinema screen.

It was that Autumn also when by chance I watched a documentary on BBC 2 about the lives and times of the great war photographer Robert Capa, which I found it immensely inspiring, and I gradually discovered all the great photographers of the past, and present, and instead starting my day in front of the computer with the BBC, I switched to Magnum Images, the great photographic cooperative.

In Autumn 2006 I eventually got a DSLR camera (10.2 millions pixels please), and few months ego a decent compact camera - thanks no thanks to credit card dept again - and they are the extension of my hands and eyes really, carrying at least one of them with me, wherever I go.

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one. And the whole tube, as soon they hear the name Boris, they all burst into a loud laughter, including the tourists, who even though they don't understand what we

crazy Londoners are talking about, they just can not believe how wrong they've been about us.

I was born in Greece, and I've been living in London since the mid-90's. I mostly take street photos, just wondering around with my camera, and trying to capture those places and moments that people would want to look, and be of interest in years to come. Street photography is what I do enjoy most. Whenever I do get the chance I do have a serious go at photojournalism too.

And that’s where I feel very much at home, and that's what I would like to do professionally, or at least as a freelance photographer in the near future. "

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Last Updated 19 April 2008