Paul Earl is an NHS Administrator who lives in the outskirts of London. Usually snapping the streets of Shoreditch, he describes himself as a versatile photographer who likes to capture the buzz of the city. He says: ‘If I had a style I would say street photography with an arty twist!’
We asked him to give us a tour of London via his Instagram account @spectrum12345.
Out of all your pictures of London, which is your favourite?
‘This photo sums up London in one shot. It’s an image of a world-famous icon and could easily have been taken 40, 50 or 60 years ago. For me, this is London.’
What’s your favourite landmark to snap?
‘The new Leadenhall Building. I was fortunate to have had the chance to go to the top during the recent Open House London Weekend. I am a huge lover of London’s architecture and ever-changing skyline with impressive buildings such as The Gherkin, The Shard and recently completed Walkie Talkie building giving the London skyline a unique identity. Many of my photos are “looking-up” shots of London architecture.’
What’s your go-to filter? Do you use any additional apps?
‘I am a great fan of Snapseed especially for architectural photos but also use Pixlr Express for softer street-scapes. I have also just started to use VSCO Cam as it has a great range of filters.’
Is there a photo you’ve taken that’s been unexpectedly brilliant?
‘I love this picture taken at the Breakin’ Convention Park Jam over the summer. I like capturing images of street art, street dance and street culture. My aim was to capture the graffiti workshop taking place when this little person stepped into the shot and made it even better!’
Where’s the best view in London?
‘It’s not a view as such but I love people-watching along the South Bank as it’s a hive of activity throughout the year. This shot was taken looking down from the Royal Festival Hall during the South Bank Centre’s Urban Weekend and captured a hands-in-the-air moment at their summer Block Party.’
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