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.
My real name is Yusuf Ozkizil, although I do find it rather amusing that I've managed to pick a username that gets as many mispronunciations and misspellings as my real name. If not more. I live and work in Tooting, South London. Famous for it's curry houses, lido, no book shops, and also being a sound effect. When I'm not wandering around with my camera, I administer one of the courses at a local medical school.
I pretty much got into photography when I visited family in Turkey, about 18 months ago. Not so much out of it being a family tradition to photograph lost shoes, or billboards leaning over people, but because I can't speak much Turkish. Taking photos kept me occupied during those long periods where my Dad would get drawn into conversation, and stopped translating. When I came back, the habit of walking around with my camera stuck and I've been taking photos on a regular basis every since.
I use a Ricoh GX100, a compact camera, which I bought a few months ago, to replace my temperamental Sony P100. The vast majority of my pictures were taken with this, but for the last year of its life I had to continually remove the battery to blow on contacts, or give the camera a good smack like an old TV in the hope of it working. I suppose the experience added to the drama of taking a photo, although it was starting to get ridiculous when the camera had the final say in whether it would turn on or not.
My Flickr page started life as a stream of random party pictures, for friends to access easily, and now a couple of years later it's a load of random pictures taken on the Tube. I like that about Flickr, how the longer you're on there, the more you have to look back on. A bit like a photo diary I suppose. It's also given me an opportunity to meet some cool new people, and photographers that seem to have a better idea of what they're doing!
Chutney Bannister's got an exhibition coming up at the unique Flaxon Ptooch, 237 Kentish Town Road from 28 February. Combine a visit with a haircut and everyone wins. Check out his Flickrstream and website, leave comments and let us know who you'd like to see featured here next.
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