A series celebrating the talent of our friends over in the Londonist Flickr pool. Here, they introduce themselves and share their favourite London shots.
London has always been one of my favourite photographic subjects. I was born in Wanstead, and have many childhood memories of visits to various museums, gardens and theatres either on school trips or with my parents. As a teenager whenever I had a few quid in my pocket I would be straight on the Central line headed for the record shops of Oxford Street or Camden Town. My working life began in St. Martin’s-le-Grand by St Paul's, but I soon realised that commuting wasn’t for me. This now gives me the benefit of only ever going into town for pleasure!
I always had cameras as a child, but once I began earning I bought my first SLR, a Canon A1. I taught myself how to do my own developing and printing in a spare room I converted to a dark room at my parent’s house, and started taking my photography a bit more seriously and doing a bit of travelling. Trips to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and California really inspired me and developed my interest in landscape and cityscape photography.
Once I left home the darkroom disappeared and my interest waned a bit over the years, it’s not really the same sending your rolls of film for someone else to develop and print when you are used to doing it yourself! However the advent of digital photography reignited my interest, and after playing around with a couple of compact point-and-shoot type cameras I invested in my first dSLR in May 2007. I am now using a Nikon D90 with a variety of lenses, my favourite one being the Nikkor 50mm 1.8. At this point I would like to mention the London Photographic Meetup group who have been instrumental in getting me out with the camera regularly and inspiring and challenging me to try new ideas. I have also met many lovely people and great photographers via the group. Highly recommended if you are into photography and looking to meet people to shoot with or expand your photographic horizons!