I guess since I got my first smartphone, which was many years ago.
When did you get into photography and why?
About five years ago I picked up a friend’s camera and just start playing about taking candid shots. I loved it and my friend kindly decided to let me borrow it for about two weeks. I started trying to replicate pictures I had seen on the internet.
What would you say your style is? Has it changed throughout the years and if so why?
When I started out in photography I didn't really know why I loved it. I took pictures of anything and everything. Then I slowly moved in to compositions of architecture, then it was architectural symmetry, then symmetry in general and spiral staircases. It got to a point where I felt that London didn’t really inspire me anymore. I felt like I had taken everything there is to be taken in London and just stopped taking pictures for a period, while trying to figure out what my next move would be. I then thought back to when I started. I was taking pictures of people right before I had even began photographing buildings and so I returned to portraits, the rest is history really.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run?
I never really used to plan any shoot, I just used to meet up with a model and whatever she would be wearing I would just go with the flow, but now I like to get more involved in terms of finding a suitable location, setting up with the model about what clothes to bring and go from there.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
When I think about this question hmm I’m not sure, I don't think I ever really have an end goal, I just want to create dope images with dope people.
Do you have any influences you can share?
Fashion in general, influences my photography and I guess you can see that in my images. In terms of other photographers, I pick little bits of each and every one and incorporate them into my style by putting my little twist on it.
What inspires you?
Great natural light and shadows get me excited to take pictures, in addition having beautiful people or beautiful locations that I see in daily life or on my travels. Great cinematography in movies and photography by others inspires me. Even looking back at my own work from time to time and previous accomplishments can be inspiring.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
I don't think there is such a thing as a bad photograph as photography is very subjective. What I may think is a bad photo, another person may see something completely different.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
When I started out in photography, it was just for a bit of fun. Then it quite quickly became a passion whereby all I really think about is photography now, obviously I would love to be in full time photography but this industry is far too competitive and is a struggle at the minute.
Which social media platforms do you use and why?
I only really use Instagram and Facebook occasionally. I use Instagram because I don't see any other platform as engaging as Instagram is. There are plenty of other photo sharing platforms out there but nothing out there beats Instagram.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media?
I mainly only follow photographers in the field that I am in so fashion/portrait photographers and only follow a handful of architectural photographers.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
If you had asked me this 3 years ago I would have said that you are very limited with mobile photography but now as technology has developed so much, what you can do on a mobile phone these days is mind blowing.
What are your main go to cameras, lenses and how did you make that choice?
Fujifilm X-T2 is my go to camera, this camera is a beast. I have absolutely fallen in love with the Fujifilm system. I used to own a Canon back in the day and found it to be quite heavy especially with all the lenses. When I sold that and was deciding on what camera I wanted next, I always knew it would be a mirrorless system but really didn't know which one to go for. I narrowed my choice between the Fujifilm X-Series & Sony Alphas. I would have had a A7 but I just couldn't justify the price of Sony's system and lenses. Fujifilm cameras and lenses are very reasonable and in my opinion, produce just as good images, if not better than Sony camera even without FF capabilities.
In terms of the lens, I use the 35mm f1.4 & 56mm f1.2 which are really the only lenses I need for the type of photography that I do.
What is your dream location to shoot at?
Dream locations to shoot would have to be New York and Hong Kong.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it?
My favourite picture thus far is yet to be taken, I have clicked thousands upon thousands of images in the years I have been doing photography and I really cannot pinpoint one image that's my favourite.
In three words how would you describe your photography?
Casual, calm & classic.
How would you describe the current scene in photography?
It seems the scene goes through waves, in a sense that portraits seem to be the 'in thing' right now, people who never shot portraiture are now starting to shoot portraits, I am guilty of this as when I started in photography I dabbled in most styles of photography but architecture was my main focus. I made the transition to portraiture about a year ago now and it just seems like everyone is capturing portraits. Prior to portraits it was architecture, spiral staircases and symmetry. The next wave is video and drone photography.
How do you feel about higher quality cameras being put into smart phones?
I'm not sure I have a strong enough opinion to care, as I don't really take pictures on my phone. I guess it's always good to have a higher quality camera in your pocket.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?
In theory, yes, as the more expensive cameras tend to have better sensors and when paired with a good quality glass well there you have the potential to produce a pixel perfect image. Having said that it's not always about the having the best kit to produce the best images. There are some talented photographers out the capturing images on iPhones believe it or not for example @habashi, @danrubin