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Happy New Year

 

Happy New Year, and welcome to the first blog of 2016.

With the turn of the New Year, today I would like to reflect on the previous twelve months, and share a few photos I captured from the last two weeks.

So now we are in 2016, and my photography journey has progressed to a new level in such a short space of time. 2015 started with me making trips into London, capturing urban landscape shots, of landmark buildings such as Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, and St. Paul's Cathedral.

Over the next few months I also shot macro, abstract, and landscape photography. But it was in August when my photography passion was ignited. After receiving the news that one of my St. Paul's shots was to be featured in the Olympus digital magazine, I came across street photography in that same edition. Of course I was aware of past great photographers and photographs, but this was when I saw street Photography as an art form, a challenge, and a separate genre. I started searching for all the links I could find and came across Nicholas Goodden's streetphotographylondon.co.uk (a street photographer in London and an Olympus Ambassador, a perfect place to start!) From "Nico's" site I was able to see other top street photographers work, including people that have become great inspirations to my work, and friends; Marius Vieth, Thomas Leuthard, Gagan Sadana, Walter Rothwell, Alan Schaller, and Iwona Pinkowicz. From there I decided to open a Twitter account and follow all of the above-mentioned photographers and more. One tweet from Nico then got me onto another positive path. He was selling his Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera. So I contacted him to buy it. I then met him along with Alan, Gagan, and Walter, and Justin Cliffe, at a presentation they were giving.

I was now going out with my new camera, specifically to capture street shots. After a few months of practicing, attending a couple of workshops and being inspired by other photographers, I had received some good feedback regarding my images. I then felt I had built up a portfolio to warrant a new website, for people to see my work and contact details.

On December 4th, I announced on Twitter that my website was now live. The very next day I received an email from an art magazine based in Los Angeles, requesting an interview, which will be published very soon.

Two weeks later, I was contacted by Gagan Sadana of StreetPhotographyinternational.com and SPi collective, with regards to contributing to their website. Of course I was over the moon with the news and more than happy to do so. A few days later I was then contacted by one of my biggest inspirations Marius Vieth, notifying me he would like to feature one of my shots in his fine art photography magazine, Neoprime. This for me was just amazing, and really was the cherry on top of a fantastic year.

2015 was rounded off superbly by meeting up with two great photographers, whose paths have been equally exciting this year; Iwona Pinkowicz and Benjamin Nwaneampeh. Iwona has been featured on websites The Phoblographer, La Noir, interviewed for Street Photography London, and soon to be a guest on Valerie Jardin's podcast. Benjamin has also been interviewed on Street Photography London, is a member of the x100c Collective, and most recently took over The PrintSpace Instagram account. We plan to have regular meet ups throughout the year, which I will look forward to very much. Their great photos and latest news are available to view at iwonapinkowicz.com and benjamin.nwaneampeh.com respectively.

So that was 2015, in which I met and spoke to some great photographers, learned new skills, had some fantastic moments, and enjoyed it immensely. I have set myself some goals for 2016, which has started very well already, but I will share this news in the near future.

It would be great to hear what your goals for your photography are this year. You can do this by commenting below.


Lastly, here are a few shots captured from the last two weeks.

Let's Do This - Taken at Southbank Skatepark, London

Let's Do This - Taken at Southbank Skatepark, London

My Face Lights Up When I See You - Taken at Tate Modern, London

My Face Lights Up When I See You - Taken at Tate Modern, London

Fire & Ice - Taken at Tate Modern, London

Fire & Ice - Taken at Tate Modern, London

Mode Ten Art - Taken at Tate Modern, London

Mode Ten Art - Taken at Tate Modern, London

Thank you for reading; I wish you a good weekend, and happy snapping.

Craig