I have always been a very creative person, gaining satisfaction from all art media. However, it was when I invested some time in photography that I feel that I discovered something I both enjoyed but also was rewarding. I am naturally drawn to landscapes as I love being outdoors, but I also have a big love of architecture so have a tendency to jump between the two dependent on my mood.
The below image “Penarth” is a four minute exposure on a very dark and cold morning. Several ND filters were used and the longer exposure time has allowed a lot more colour into the frame.
What I have enjoyed the most is looking at things as a photographer. For example, whenever I see architecture, I am conceptually putting together compositions in my head, working out which would have the most impact. I look for elements which I can take advantage of compositionally and seek to challenge a building’s form optically using a fisheye or ultra wide lens. I also have a strong affiliation with curves, leading lines and sunbursts, which I think are quite commonplace in my work.
On a number of occasions I have included a human element within my work. This has proven quite popular and is something I am looking to pursue further. The below image “Battleship” was taken during Open House London 2012, an event where many of the doors of private buildings are open to the general public. Whilst visiting photographing the Art Deco staircase of the Battleship Building, I lucked out when these two chaps decided to navigate a rather large door frame round the curved staircase, it really added something fresh to the shot I had taken just a few moments before.
The last couple of years have been great for my photography. As well as having my work feature in a number of publications, I was also a finalist in several competitions and was credited with having the below image “Batman” included in Landscape Photographer of the Year 2011: the image was projected on the outside of London’s National Theatre. My most recent success was being interviewed for and featuring in the Ukraine edition of Photographer magazine.
I just love taking photos, and have done so for the past 6 years. My inspiration comes from the experience and the end product. I have developed a fantastic network of friends who share my love for photography, many of whom join me regularly on my adventures. I am out at least once a week with my camera, if I leave it any longer I feel frustrated and this shows in my work. I am my own biggest critic so am really good at pushing myself forward. That said, I have always shot for my own satisfaction and anything else is a happy surprise so my plan for the future is to just keep taking photos!
To see more of Martin’s photography, go and visit his flickr.