By day, Heather Cole is a recruiter for the construction industry (she helped find contractors for The Shard and The Walkie Talkie, yo). By night, she heads out to photograph those very same buildings. She says: ‘My real passion is to shoot long exposure cityscapes at sunset or the blue hour and London is full of amazing material for that.’
We asked her to give us a tour of London via her @Geminatrix Instagram account.
Out of all your pictures of London, which is your favourite?
‘My favourite picture is an old one. Taken on a hazy afternoon, looking north across to the City of London. The light that day was incredible and this shot captures the old and new architecture so well and has a quality almost like a Turner painting. Conditions like that are what photography is all about.’
What’s your favourite landmark to snap?
‘What can beat Tower Bridge? It’s a photographer’s dream to shoot and I have taken many, many different shots of it from all sides and all angles. No two shots will be the same.’
What’s your go-to filter?
‘I do most of my photography with a DSLR and use Lightroom to edit. Once uploaded I use Instagram’s own editing tools to increase sharpness and shadows. I keep it pretty simple and don’t do any layering or blending of shots.’
Is there a photo you’ve taken that’s been unexpectedly brilliant?
‘This shot was taken at 6am as the sun had just risen over an empty More London. It’s rare to find this area empty which is why I was shooting it so early. A photographer friend said to me last year “it’s all about the light, Heather” and I would agree – this shot would be nothing special without that amazing light.’
Where’s the best view in London?
‘My favourite view is the view from The Shard. You can’t beat looking east across Tower Bridge as the river snakes round to Canary Wharf. I have yet to go up to the Sky Garden at The Walkie Talkie so will have to wait and see if my opinion changes once I have been.’