Street Photography London 2019 - Behind the Scenes with @eymensy
If you know anything about me, you know I deeply enjoy meeting fellow creators, and shooting photos together. I’m a big believer and supporter of collaborative learning, I’m lucky then that so far my experience with photography and photographers has been amazing. People are open to meeting up, sharing ideas, and working together on things. I love that. When you think about what it takes to become a regarded professional photographer today, it boggles the mind. But equally at the same time, it’s never been more accessible to you or I either.
So with the above in mind, today I want to introduce to you another content creator I really admire, someone who is also self taught and loves shooting moody street photography; Ayman who runs the Instagram @eymensy
If you’re familiar with these behind the scene’s posts you’ll know all too well I pick a random area of London to photograph, and then just head there and follow my feet. Getting lost and aimlessly wandering is the perfect way to truly experience a new side of London. It also always leads to the best photography too - try this technique next time for yourself if you are lacking inspirations.
Ayman also does the same when he goes out and takes photos. So we agreed upon Temple in central London, and we met there around sunset.
Camera’s primed, we headed first to Waterloo bridge, the site of this weeks courageous protest by the Extinction Rebellion. We must do more about Climate change. As you can see from the photos, the brave impassioned protestors had literally taken over the bridge and turned it into a peaceful protest. One thing that was truly amazing and almost poetically just, was in the heart of the city to not be surround by choatic traffic, instead to hear laughter and feel an era calm. It was amazing. The people there presented amazing opportunities for stunning photographs, its rare you can get super up close into someones face.
With so many people on Instagram today, and there being so many photographers out there, we’re so lucky to be able to find fellow creators who enjoy shooting similar types of photos. Working together in the above images, it was amazing to see how we each composed our shots, and the differences we both took to our work. We are both still learning and its these environments that really allow you to experiment and talk about what you think works/doesn’t work.
Next, as we headed into twilight, we walked to the Southbank and then meandered East back towards Blackfriars.
If you follow my Instagram, and or have delved deeply onto my blog, you wont have seen any night photography from me. That’s because I’ve never really done any. The why behind that really has to do with; it not working with the types of photos I enjoy posting, as well as the inherent complexities with shooting at night. What a crap couple of excuses huh. Ayman has taken some amazing night photos over the past 6 months, and he was the one that pushed me to explore some more and take some of these types of shots. I think overall they’ve come out well, but I had some clear learnings, next time must also take my tripod and go with the intent of shooting those types of shoots.
One thing I plan to do more of over the next 12 months is heading out with a pure focus, and only taking photos that match that. Such as night photography, moving object photography etc. Having taken this approach in the past, I know its super helpful at honing this skill, and I can really recommend it for anyone like me trying to learn photography. So for sure you can expect a dedicated night photography post in the months to come!
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