Category: Photography

Join us for #LPInstawalk – 29th March 2014 – Lonely Planet blog

Join us for #LPInstawalk – 29th March 2014 – Lonely Planet blog.

#LPInstawalk

To celebrate the launch of our new Pocket London guide, we’re offering 15 lucky Instagrammers the chance to join Lonely Planet experts Sally Schafer (@rightsideofcity) and James Smart (@smartbadger) and prominent urban instagrammer @mrwhisper on a bespoke walking tour in London on Saturday 29th March. We’ll give you all our insider tips on where to go in the capital, and some top tips for Instagramming your travels.

Who is Mr Whisper?

Bal Bhatla, better known as @mrwhisper, is a mobile street photographer and has built a reputation by capturing candid photographs of people travelling around London. For the last 6 years, he’s been exploring the possibilities of mobile photography. But it wasn’t until he got his first iPhone in late 2010 that he started to take it seriously. That’s when he joined Instagram – and he hasn’t looked back since. He is considered one of the “top 13 Instagrams to follow if you’re missing London” by Buzzfeed and his images have been shown in various exhibitions around the world and featured in newspapers, magazines and blogs.


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Image by @theophilousus

Sally Schafer is a travel writer who has called London home for the last 20 years.She has written about and photographed this lovely city for numerous publications. Check out her latest article on craft beer in London.

Sally Schafer

Never miss a moment.

“NEVER MISS A MOMENT” … Big thanks to the clever people over at @nomadgoods for sending me this #Chargekey. Basically it replaces your traditional iPhone cable, to ensure you can always charge/transfer on the go! 👌✨ (Gold bling not included😉, also available for android) #nomadgoods#welcometothefuture#sponsored

Interview with Frame Again | FRAME OF MIND  

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Frame Again is a startup Instagram framing website based in Islington.

Looking forward to getting my frame from them. Photos to follow.

FRAME OF MIND

For our second interview, this week we’re chatting to @mrwhisper​. He’s gathered an Instagram following of around 36,000 people since joining three years ago when he was recommended it by his girlfriend. He describes himself as ‘addicted’ to it these days, but this usage has paid off in the striking images he takes.  Intensely urban, his photos reflect all sides of London, from Georgian porticoes to street art and his continual fascination with the London Underground picks out the interesting and beautiful in the seemingly mundane.

What or who is your inspiration?

My inspiration can come from everywhere but mainly it’s from London itself. It’s an incredible city with so much to offer visually, from the people to the buildings and not forgetting my favourite place, the iconic underground.

Why do you like Instagram, what does it offer?

Instagram is my social network of choice. It has an amazing community; it’s overflowing with great talent and inspiration. The feedback I’ve received over the years inspires me to keep shooting. And more recently I’ve have attended a few instameets, which has added a whole new dimension to my Instagram world, not to mention all the new friends I have made.

My images have sat on other photo sharing networks with little or no response. This is the magic Instagram has to offer above and beyond other apps in the same genre. It was also the first network I discovered that seem to embrace mobile photography, the fact that you could only upload and share through the app itself, was a huge attraction to me. I felt like there was finally a natural home for mobile photography.

You often take pictures of the underground – what intrigues you about it?

My collection of underground candid shots came about by chance. My boring daily commute proved to be my only opportunity when I’d be able to shoot.

However, I’d see such interesting people everyday, it proved to make an interesting subject and gallery. And quickly made my mundane commute into an exciting daily shoot.

Being a champion for mobile photography the tube is a great way to expose the differences between big camera and mobile photography. Some of my underground candid shots would be impossible with a D/SLR. Simply because people would see you coming, and the moment would be lost.

What’s the favourite image you’ve taken?

That’s a very tough question for me and I don’t think I have an ultimate favourite. Although street life in London is my consistent theme, my focus changes daily to keep my gallery fresh and my photography skills well balanced.

My favourite image of 2014 is one of my current project of making London Street portraits, both candid and in this case directed. I really like how this one (first image, above) turned out. It’s simple but with so much going on at the same time. The tones & textures of the background along with my girlfriend’s coat work in harmony. Her body language and expression are just right with the umbrella popped inside out which is balanced out with her bag on her other arm. I’ve began to create a series of these which you can see here #nostoppinthepoppins on Instagram. It’s homage to the one and only Mary Poppins.

Which other Instagrammers do you like?

Another next to impossible question to answer, and definitely too many to mention, but these instagramers consistently float my boat and are all worth a visit:

@mustafaseven, @jasonmpeterson, @tonydetroit, @takinyerphoto, @monaris_, @Rich__, @jesmondo

via Frame Again | FRAME OF MIND   For our second interview, this….

Adventures of a Serial Trespasser – In Focus – The Atlantic

Adventures of a Serial Trespasser – In Focus – The Atlantic.

Empty cars inside the Aldwych disused Tube Station, Piccadilly Line, London, UK. (© Bradley Garrett)

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Battersea Power Station, South London, UK. “We’ve basically treated Battersea Power Station as our nocturnal playground for five years. It’s the largest brick building in Europe and contains derelict control rooms where power for the city was once regulated. Being inside there alone is an incredible feeling.” (© Bradley Garrett)

10 London Instagramers To Follow | Londonist

So proud to be featured amongst this London top 10 list!  😉

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While there are lots of Instagramers who capture the city at its beautiful best, Bal makes it to this list for his elegant use of light and his candid shots of people on the tube.

via 10 London Instagramers To Follow | Londonist.