Many times it’s hard for us to just press the stop button and live in the now and experience what we have just in front and around us. Usually we are very good at ignoring the everyday details around us, like the color of the pavement, the smell from the coffee shop on the corner of the street or the smile on the face of the stranger passing us by. Community member Andy (akirbs) teaches us how important it is to look up - especially in a city. You will find so many beautiful details you never thought you’d ever see. So look up!

Why by mrkirby

Tell us a bit about yourself, how do you describe your photography style?

I’m a graphic designer living in London and like most people in my industry photography forms a large part of my creative side. I’m not sure I have a style as such. I photograph all sorts of things which makes my profile look a little unfocused. That being said I do love architectural shots, especially looking up with a wide angle.

A Frame by mrkirby

In one sentence what has photography done for you in your life?

Photography has given me a lot of help scratching that ever-present creative itch outside of the office.

A point well made by mrkirby

When did you start taking photos and what inspired you to get started?

I started taking photos with my parents Canon T70 (which I still have) back in late 80’s, but became heavily involved through my university years. To be honest I have no idea what got me started other than the act of taking and processing photos really appealed to me. Whilst I love digital processing I still miss film and that feeling of anticipation as the darkroom reveals yet another out of focus, missed opportunity.

Walking the line by mrkirby

What has been your favourite shoot and why?

I’m not sure I could honestly say I undertake ‘shoots’ as I have a camera on me all the time and shoot as and when. However I did take a friends wedding photos which was something I promised myself I’d never do. However it went really well and being out of my comfort zone and challenging myself to see if I could successfully capture a wedding was incredibly nerve wracking but rewarding.

Underneath by mrkirby

Do you remember a difficult photo shoot session? 

That has got to be the wedding I just mentioned. It was difficult because I’d never taken wedding photos before and the responsibility of capturing a wedding seemed far to great for an amateur to undertake. I was very lucky with amazing weather and a very photogenic bride, groom and venue, which really saved my bacon!

Don't look down. by mrkirby

What do you carry in your camera bag?

My bag contains Sony A77II, 10-24mm, 70-200mm. FujiFilm X-T10, 18-55mm, 35mm and of course an iPhone.

Slinky by mrkirby

Do you have a favourite location and time of the day to shoot?

Favourite location would have to be London, being so busy with work it’s pretty much my only location. However it does give me the chance to get some interesting shots on the London Underground very early in the morning.

Wine & Waiting by mrkirby

Can you share three tips with your fellow photographers?

1. Be confident. Don’t be shy just get out and take photos (hide behind the viewfinder).
2. Follow other photographer's work for inspiration. I like to see what other photographers are doing in the same location as they always see photo opportunities I’d never have seen.
3. Look up. You’ll be surprised what is above your head, especially in a city.

Baker Street by mrkirby

Please share one of your favourite photos with us with a short tutorial: 

I took this photo on Baker Street underground station during one morning at 8 am. I used my Sony A77II, Tamron 17-55mm and the natural station lightning. This location is very popular with photographers and I wanted to see if I could do it justice so I went there that morning to shoot. For post-processing I did the usual bit of tinkering in camera raw to bring out the highlights and deepen the shadows to increase the drama.

The Skygarden by mrkirby

Please share some thoughts on your ViewBug experience as a photographer!

Great to see what other photographers are up to and the odd ‘like’ is always good for my fragile ego.

For more great photos taken by Andy visit his profile.