From time to time we take a look at the people behind the pictures in the Londonist Flickrpool and ask them about their London and their photography. Today, extraordinary images of ordinary subjects from Gaz-zee-boh AKA Geoff Holland:
I started taking photos when I was about eleven. I was inspired by my mum who captured our life in the 50’s with the family box camera. I learnt to process black and white at school where I was a member of the camera club. At home I would load my films in the developing tank under the eiderdown. When I was fifteen, I had a summer job working as the ‘photographer’ at the Rockley Sands Caravan Camp in Dorset. However, after this early promising start my output for the next several decades, while diverse in character was mainly processed by chemists. I have shoe boxes full of prints and negatives.
The arrival of digital and my discovery of Flickr gave a new impetus to my interest. Being able to take a lot of photos, review them immediately and process and edit them on my computer was transformative. Flickr enabled me to share my favourite images with other photographers and to get them seen. I have chosen the twelve photos featured here to try and reflect some of my interests which include, people, politics, nature, architecture and art.
I aim to produce interesting images of often ordinary subjects with strong and well balanced colour. Several narratives have emerged in my Flickr stream. A good example is the changing face of Holloway – in the three short years I’ve been posting to Flickr many local landmarks have changed. The Old King’s Head became The Gaff music venue and recently a Costa Cafe. Blockbuster on Seven Sisters Rd has become Pound Shop. A filling station has become a block of flats and so on.
My camera is a Nikon D40. All my photos on Flickr are altered in some way. Most are cropped, colour and contrast are enhanced, nasty marks and unsightly items are removed and sometimes colour is changed to black and white. I use Microsoft Photo Editor and to a limited extent Paint Shop Pro.