Matt Scutt’s not your ordinary Instagrammer. The creative director takes shots of London’s landscape from helicopters and tops of buildings. He also met his fiancé on the site.
He says: ‘I’m not a fan of street or candid photography, so I tend to stick to landmarks or architecture – I really like the architecture in the City and Canary Wharf.’
We asked Matt to give us a tour of the city via his Instagram account @mattscutt.
1. Out of all your pictures of London, which is your favourite?
‘The shot from the roof of Tower Bridge over the walkways is my favourite. I was at a particularly stuffy corporate function in one of the bridge’s walkways and I escaped to the south tower where the catering staff were preparing canapés. I climbed the spiral staircase into the roof and shot for about 30 minutes from each of the windows capturing views that I had never seen before.’
2. What’s your favourite landmark to snap?
‘It’ll come as no surprise to my followers that it is Tower Bridge. As to why, I don’t know. Normally, I favour more modern architecture, like the Shard or 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin), but there’s always been something about Tower Bridge that I find magical.’
3. What’s your go-to filter? Do you use any additional apps?
‘Practically all my photographs are run through Photoshop to some extent. Early in my career I used to professionally retouch photos, so can’t imagine why anyone would think it’s superior to post unedited shots just so you can say “unedited” – I’ve seen some awful shots which could have been great had they have been edited. I’ve had to retouch some VERY famous photographers’ work in my time, so that’s not an accolade I’ve ever aspired to or agreed with.’
4. Is there a photo you’ve taken that’s been unexpectedly brilliant?
‘I was taking photos of gulls that were landing on the wall by the Thames opposite Big Ben and managed to capture so many in flight with various focal lengths. I uploaded one where the field was very short – crisp on the bird in flight, close to me, and everything else blurred into the distance.’
5. Where’s the best view in London?
‘Either in a helicopter or from the Shard. I love to alter the perspective on shots of landmarks you see every day. Hence so many of my photos are looking up, looking down, hanging off a bridge or from the middle of the river.’
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