Londonist Behind The Lens: Dartar

By Lindsey Last edited 130 months ago
Londonist Behind The Lens: Dartar

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.

Full English Breakfast: "Bus photography from the 243" could be a genre of its own and gives you a privileged angle on the state of the nation.

I have been shooting film for a few years, mostly black and white, on a second hand Pentax reflex. As a long-standing anti-digital fanatic who firmly believed in the superiority of film and in the idea of "capturing light", "transforming energy" and all that nonsense, I thought I would never switch to digital. Another reason to shoot black & white was that I didn't need to bother with what may be the hardest element to fit in a picture, i.e. colour. When I started shooting digital, I was forced to learn "seeing in colour", and this remains the most difficult and exciting challenge ever since.

Marble Granite: When you start composing a picture just for the colours and a bloke suddenly decides to pass by training his biceps with a blue plastic bag, you feel blessed and grateful.

I am a geek with a camera. Waiting in the street for the good shot to come is like engaging in problem solving: when things work out as I like, this is probably because eye, hand muscles and the world out there just happen to work together nicely. In this sense, being so unpredictable, London is the ultimate destination for street photography, with the North-East as my favourite hunting ground.

Parsing: My tip for the ultimate Holy Saturday experience: Walthamstow High Street market is the place where everyday physics stops working.

I recently discovered a compulsive fascination for frontal compositions and serial shots, which may have started the day I spent several hours taking pictures of people on an escalator at Tate Modern.

Dario's photographs can be seen on his photo portfolio and Flickr stream. His Tate Blur series was recently featured by FILE Magazine and a series of pictures portraying Muslim women in London is due to appear in the next issue of Swindle Magazine

If you're a Flickrist don't forget to join our group and tag your quirky London photos "Londonist".

Last Updated 23 March 2008