Matt Pike’s lived in London for eight years and works for the BBC. He describes his photography style as ‘eclectic’ and says you’ll normally finding him taking pictures around east London. He says: ‘There are great markets such as Columbia Road and Broadway, both ideal for street photography. Then there are fantastic parks and canals for when you need to escape the hustle and bustle.’
We asked Matt to give us a tour of London via his Instagram account.
Out of all your pictures of London, which is your favourite?
‘If I had to choose one photo it would have to be this one – it was one of those mornings when everything fell into place. Bright sunshine burning through the fog, a black cab, a red bus, then in walks Nicholas Lyndhurst from ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’.’
What’s your favourite landmark to snap?
‘Not so much a landmark – but I love shooting at the Olympic Park. The architecture’s amazing, the velodrome and pool have some fantastic textures, ideal for backgrounds and the landscaping and waterways are also very striking.’
What’s your go-to filter? Do you use any additional apps?
‘I mainly use the VSCOcam app, the filters are a little more delicate than Instagram’s built-in filters, and the fine tuning tools create a more subtle effect. Snapseed is also great for editing, especially the selective adjust tool. SKRWT is brilliant for straightening crooked lines and tightening up lens distortion – particularly useful for architectural shots.’
Is there a photo you’ve taken that’s been unexpectedly brilliant?
‘Not so much brilliant, but I was pretty happy with this shot of a cat and the cool cats of Broadway Market.’
Where’s the best view in London?
‘The views from Primrose Hill and Hampstead Heath are pretty special but the ultimate view has to be from the top of the Shard. Get up there for sunset if you want the best shot.’
See more London on Instagram here.