Taufiq Es-haq is a HR Business Partner with a passion for cityscape photography. Living in Ascot, he commutes into London to take bold and abstract photographs of the city’s architecture.
We asked him to give us a tour of London via his Instagram account @snurkle.
Out of all your pictures of London, which is your favourite?
‘If I had to choose a picture that always grabs my attention – it would have to be the photograph of the reflection of St Paul’s Cathedral in the Thames. I have to admit, I love this photo – the Thames was unusually still, which created a near-perfect mirror image of the buildings on its banks.’
What’s your favourite landmark to snap?
‘I don’t have a particular favourite landmark as such, but I do find that I’m often drawn back to the iconic buildings located in and around More London. I personally love it there as the buzz and vibe of the people and buildings create a magical atmosphere. The architecture found in More London, in my humble opinion, is world class!’
What’s your go-to filter?
‘It’s not often that I use filters but when I do, my go-to filter is actually Instagram’s very own ‘Ludwig’ filter which was only recently introduced in an update. It always seems to enhance your image without overpowering or detracting from your subject matter.’
Is there a photo you’ve taken that’s been unexpectedly brilliant?
‘When I had an opportunity to photograph the London Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park, I jumped at the chance. My intention was to take as many shots of the building as I could and then select the best images from that pool. Unfortunately, the weather conspired against me and I only managed to get three shots before I had to stop due to heavy rain. I headed home feeling disappointed with myself. It was only when I got home and saw just how beautiful and simple the architecture was that I realised I didn’t need a zillion shots.’
Where’s the best view in London?
‘The beauty of London is that, no matter where you are, you are not too far from a great view – all you have to do is look! I personally like nothing better than to be standing at the base of a building looking directly up.’