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Soho Street Photography - We Shoot People Meetup
11th November 2015

I arranged another Soho street photography session with We Shoot People Meetup members on Wednesday. For those who attend, unfamiliar with the concept of going out after dark to shoot street, I see the slight apprehension in their eyes when I explain what my night photo walks are about.

They have grasped day time shooting and their camera settings, but get them to see the world with low light and push their cameras to the max, work with just the natural lighting around (no flashes, no tripods), just a prime lens and you have a new way of thinking. Not only have you got to find interesting subjects or content, but you also have to be alert about the best way to capture your composition in terms of avoiding it being too dark, too blown out, too blurred because you have not had to push your camera that far before. I find it sharpens your photography skills, focuses your eyes and keeps you on your toes.
My Photography & Camera Technology | Light
10th November 2015
Throughout my whole life I have had an interest in photography. I am the youngest and only girl in my family (I have three older brothers!); my youngest of my elder brothers teases me that there are no baby photos of him, yet tons of baby photos of me! I guess my parents decided that they wanted to document their one and only girl in photography. My dad owned a Polaroid Instant camera and my mum a Kodak film camera. I remember being taught how to load film and take photos from an early age.

I remember holiday snap shots and trips to the Margate and other seaside days out and excitedly handing over the roll of film to the pharmacy and the anticipation of getting the photos back a few days later.

As I got older I still enjoyed photography and started using those disposable film cameras or borrowing a compact digital camera to use, but it was just something I did on special occasions like birthdays, holidays, a music concert, etc. During this time my passion was music and I had various jobs and projects that meant I didn’t realise my passion for photography until summer 2009.

A friend of mine, Andreas Wheeler was already a photographer and I expressed an interest in learning to master the basics of a DSLR camera, from having used those small cameras for snapshot photos on automatic settings. Andreas loaned me a spare Sigma SD14 and a couple lenses and we would meet on weekends and go for photo walks around London as he taught me about shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc. I remember the Sigma being big, heavy and clunky, but the quality of images was decent. I remember walking for hours and hours, taking photos of everything that caught my eye on our walks. I guess at that stage of learning, I had no real idea what direction my photography would take. I was so hooked on taking photos that I was going out with the camera 3-4 times a week! Any opportunity I could get after work mid week and on weekends.

After about 3 months with the sigma, going out day and night, taking photos of anything and everything, architecture, scenery, objects, experimenting with slow shutter speed shots and different styles of photography. Looking back I can see my images definitely started to clearly focus more and more on people. I was already a ‘people watcher’ but the camera probably magnified this! Candid portraits and moments that I thought captured something interesting. Of course at the time of taking photos of random strangers in the street, I had not even heard of the term ‘street photography’. It was only after posting one particular photo on Flickr, that someone commented that the image reminded him of Henri Cartier-Bresson, and at the time I was thinking ‘who?’! So Googled the name, saw the photos Cartier-Bresson took and it was like I had just uncovered a gold mine of eye candy!! I think that was the day everything changed and I knew this was the genre I wanted to get into and learn more about.

Fast-forward about 6 months, I had since mastered my basic camera settings and had discovered street photography. The Sigma had done its job initially, but I guess I had outgrown it. For my street photography walks now, I knew I wanted a camera much smaller, lighter and faster to capture moments quicker and more discreetly, so I got myself a Canon Powershot G11, which at the time was great and helped me get many shots I am proud off.

About a year later, I decided that I needed something a bit more powerful and with better megapixels and opted for a Canon 60D DSLR with an EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens and a 50mm prime lens. Whilst it was a more modern DSLR than the Sigma and the image quality was great, it had its little flaws like being slow to auto focus in low light and a few other little niggles that didn’t make it the most enjoyable camera for street photography.

Around this time, I also just started to experiment with my new iPhone and liked the fact it was a lot more portable and I felt a lot more invisible to get even closer to my subjects. I knew that smaller bodied cameras that had the power and the qualities of that of a DSLR and lenses and was the way forward.

By around 2011, the ‘mirror-less’ camera new technology was available. I thought to myself I don’t want to have to keep changing cameras too frequently, so I made a list of all the features I wanted my next camera to have and from experience the flaws I wanted to avoid before I decided on my next camera purchase. At the time, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 ticked all the boxes and was like a godsend to me especially with 20mm, 25mm & 45mm Olympus M.Zuiko prime lenses that I have for it. So much so I still use it for most of my street photography, but also for any commissioned work or projects.

In 2013 I decided to go even smaller and acquired a Sony RX100 as a back up camera, which fits into the palm of my hand and easily slips into my pocket when I want to go for a wander with something lighter and even more portable.

Of course new technology is constantly evolving, and as you grow as a photographer, you will want to continually upgrade to newer cameras and features that meet your needs and demands. Whether in speed, ease of use, image quality and/or portability. The most recent new technology I’ve read about is the LIGHT L16, a NEW CAMERA TECHNOLOGY that integrates 16 lenses onto one slim, streamlined camera body that boasts DSLR quality. Imagine having a camera body, 3 fast prime lenses fit right into your pocket. With up to 52 megapixel resolution, this camera is going to be a game changer.

Brick Lane Meetup - London Street Photography
25th October 2015
Brick Lane is always a popular East London destination with the We Shoot People Meetup Group. We were back this Sunday for another street photography walk and met some interesting people along the way.

I find when I'm in this part of town hosting an event, that street portraits are the most popular style of street photography that students concentrate on. On a Sunday, I'm sure people get dressed up especially just to be seen. I think subjects who frequent this area, know by now that street photographers hang out in Brick Lane and so you can usually get any shots you want without any hassle, especially if you are new to street photography and want to build your confidence in taking photos of strangers in public.

The Street Photographer Notebook
23rd October 2015
I am featured in the latest issue 10 of The Street Photographer Notebook.

"The Street Photographer Notebook is the magazine for street photographers around the world. If you love street photography, you will love the magazine for street photographers created by street photographers. The magazine features the best and stunning contemporary street photographs from some of the finest names in street photography. As well as inspirational content every issue provides opportunities for street photographers around the world to have their work published and to benefit of international visibility and the attention of some worldwide famous brands of photography. The Street Photographer Notebook is already an inspiring reading for street photography lovers and enthusiasts."

I had a flick through the online copy sent to me and have to say, that I'm quite impressed with the quality of street photography images featured in this issue. Its quite a hefty publication to with 81 pages. Priced at 5 euros it's well worth it.

You may order this issue 10 and any of the previous 9 issues on the website of Alex Coghe, the publisher of this eBook (magazine) Click here.
Soho Street Photography - (Rain or Shine)
21st October 2015
With our Great British unpredictable weather, any day is a new fresh canvas on which to paint with light, especially when pre-organising a street photography photo walk in London!

© Linda Wisdom (Prints available for purchase here)

I guess that's just part of fun of street photography - every moment, every second things are changing and moving, along with this you will compete with the lighting conditions, weather conditions which can and will change as you proceed. It is up to you to stay focused and grab these moments. The challenge is to make a image that gives the viewer something special to look at, knowing you nailed that shot the best you could.

© Linda Wisdom

Another Wednesday, another fun evening out with members of my Meetup group 'We Shoot People'. This time I took them to the heart of London, Soho. The title of this event was aptly called 'Soho Street Safari - Rain or Shine' (mainly just to cover all bases!), we got relatively lucky (depending on how you view rain and photography)... it HAD been raining all that day and had stopped by the time we started the walk, so the streets were still wet and glistening and with the neon and bright lights of Soho, made for some potential, great opportunities to get creative.

© Linda Wisdom

I always try and give new group members some creative ideas and inspiration as night photography is particularly challenging for beginners. I was chasing light as is my usual task... and Soho did not disappoint. I am sure I am not the only person who gets excited over puddles?! but this one was perfect! It was making some beautiful reflections of the Miss Saigon musical sign shining down from the theatre,and as soon as I showed everyone this puddle and what they could do with it composition wise, I could see their eyes light up.

After spending quite some time in this street, (I had to literally drag some of the members away from this puddle!). We ventured on exploring and capturing more moments and sights of Soho, before ending the evening walk in a cosy little pub for a social drink. By the sound of things, everyone had a fun night! :-)

It was good to try the "street at night" and I did enjoy the evening. Great to meet you all and thanks for the company! David McK

Had a great time, and it was a pleasure to meet you all... Ilyas A

© Linda Wisdom
Mayfair Light Chasing - London Street Photography
14th October 2015
For the past few weeks, I have been organising a mid-week, after work photo walk with my Meetup group We Shoot People. Yesterday I took group members to Mayfair, central London to explore night street shooting. As you know if you follow my stuff, I am a 'light chaser' and so nighttime street photography is fun but challenging and I love to utilise the given light available to make creative street images. This style usually works best when the image is processed in black and white to give a noir feeling to a shot.

© Linda Wisdom

It was fun showing the attendees my favourite locations and inspiring them to experiment and opening their eyes just a little. Many first time street photographers are more used to holiday 'snap shot' type images or understand street photography to mean just getting street portraits during day light hours. A few of the attendees expressed that they had never come out for a night street photography event, so I felt like I was really showing them a whole new world. Once I gave them a few pointers and helped them optimise their camera settings to accommodate the lower light, they were off shooting enthusiastically with their newfound creative way of looking at the world at night.

© Katherine

Many thanks for a pleasant evening. Thanks for your tips and showing us around some great night time shooting spots. Angelo Gifford

During the walk through some back streets, I stopped to take some photos of a smooth concrete wall that immediately caught my attention because of the moving car lights reflecting shadows and silhouettes of people walking past and some stationary bicycles. One of the attendees said that they would have walked right past and wouldn't have thought to take a photo. Another member expressed frustration in not seeing 'interesting' stuff, which is a common query that I get enquiries about very often.

There are many tips and tricks that I teach through my 1-2-1 street photography workshops, which can help you train your eyes to start to see more opportunities, add dynamic to your compositions, help you think creatively and make stronger photos. The most important part of that tuition, is going out with your camera as often as possible and practicing as much as you can what you have learnt. Over a matter of time, trials and errors you WILL start to see things around you in a whole new light.
Large canvas commission for this London image
09th October 2015
Great news! This London image of mine just got the go ahead to be made into a 52x100" canvas for a private art buyer. The Minnesota art consultancy firm who I've been in contact with said, "they want it to display in a corridor of an apartment building". How cool! :)

If you are interested in a fine art print or canvas of this image, it is available for purchase from my Etsy Shop

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Sold today on Etsy - London photography print
08th October 2015
Sold today on Etsy - London photography prints

A 12x16" London photography print on Fuji lustre professional paper.
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An original fine art photograph print taken from my first floor apartment in West London. A best seller print ideal for home decor or any wall space decor

DID YOU KNOW! This photo came first in a photography contest. Winning at the most recent British Life Photography Awards competition, in the Street Life category. It was exhibited at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London and is published & printed in the official British Life Photography Awards book volume one. Check out the BLPA Winner's Page

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Sold today on Etsy - Lisbon Photography Print
25th September 2015
Sold today on ‪#‎Etsy‬!

A 16x24" photography print to a buyer in Brooklyn NY, USA.

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Covent Garden - London photography
23rd September 2015
This Wednesday evening I took beginners from my We Shoot People photography Meetup group to Covent Garden . Lots of well lit areas around here so no real problems when the natural light starts to dip around 7pm. For some of the beginners it was their first time in a group shoot and weren't sure what they should be looking out for and were a little nervous about photographing strangers. After a little pep talk, come creative inspiration and a quick demonstration on how to get up close to subjects, off they went! I think they will be hooked on street photography from now on.

Really enjoyed the Meetup. Hope to make it for the 3rd October meeting. Jose Masana

Very friendly. Good fun Raymond

Covent Garden - London photography
Brick Lane / Shoreditch - London Street Photography
20th September 2015
Due to popular demand by group members, this Sunday afternoon I took the We Shoot People photography Meetup back over to Brick Lane / Shoreditch for a photography walk. The sun was out and it was another glorious day in East London.

Great bunch of friendly people, helpful too so it's no problems for novice's .. Will shoot with you guys again Raja Khan

Thats for a great day Linda and it wad great to meet everyone. Bairbre Kennedy

Keep walking until your camera batteries die! - London photography
19th September 2015
I woke up full of energy on Saturday morning and I decided was going to have one of those spontaneous photo walks where you just pack ALL your camera(s), zoom lenses, prime lens, tons of batteries and memory cards into your bag and just set off after breakfast. The sun was out, I had my headphones on, I was ready to go..

I hadn't been to Golborn Road/Portobello Road Market for ages, and being a local haunt, this is where my adventure began....after weaving up and down the many colourful side roads of Notting Hill Gate and exploring the market from head to toe, my work around here was done.

Next stop was unplanned... just got on at Notting Hill Gate tube and took the Central Line to Chancery Lane... wasn't really much going on here, so walked down to Holborn area and popped into the British Museum briefly as hadn't been in there for ages. Always love the light on a sunny day.

Took a shortcut over to Covent Garden. Mega busy as expected, I hadn't had time to see the new art 100,000 white balloons installation by French artist Charles Pétillon properly, so dropped by.

Next stop... Westminster via a walk over to Trafalgar Square and down Whitehall. Enroute I visited Horse Guard Parade. I hadn't been there for years. Amusing seeing the number of tourists queuing up to take selfies with the on guard trooper, who then walks off when he is scheduled to do so. The batteries on my Sony RX100 ran out, so was time to switch to my Panasonic Lumix camera.

Got to Westminster and milled around a bit, then headed across the Westminster Bridge down to Southbank/Waterloo area and hung around until the light started to dip.

Got a few shots of the dusk skyline including Big Ben, the London Eye and the Wonderground and then I decided to call it a day and head home with a bag of dead batteries and a memory card or two full of images :)

Beginner photo walk 2 - London Street Photography
16th September 2015
Today was the 2nd of the set of four beginner London street photography walk events I announced on my We Shoot People Meetup group page.

The group now has over 2000 members. A small group of us met in Soho, London for my 'Street Safari 2'. Unfortunately for some (but not for me) it was p**ing down with rain all day and didn't stop. Those who know me know that I LOVE my rain and umbrella shots, so I waited in the assigned meeting point thinking that one no one would show up. Good on the guys who did, who saw the creative potential of rain to enhance their street photography images. Sticking to a route that included shelter points, and what looked like a river aka a giant puddle, we got the shots that we wanted and had a great evening shoot. No cameras were harmed in the making of this event.

The next mid week beginner photo walk event is next week. To RSVP, simply join group by clicking the link above and sign up to one of the forthcoming photo walk events.

There will also be some intermediate level street photography photo walks being announced too, including one that is already live and set for Sunday, 20th September in Brick Lane area.

For all enquiries including my 1-2-1 London street photography workshops, please get in touch via my contact page!

Seen in Westminster - London Street Photography - Refugees Welcome
13th September 2015
Seen in Westminster after the London protest march, rally on 12th September 12, 2015. A Refugees Welcome rally sign discarded in a red telephone box.

Giant Polar Bear in London - People vs Shell protest
11th September 2015
Doing my small bit for ‪‎Greenpeace‬.

There's a giant mechanical polar bear named Aurora, stationed outside the ‪#Shell‬ HQ building, London, protesting against Artic drilling.

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Beginner photo walks - London street photography
09th September 2015
Today was one of a set of four sets of beginner street photography walk events I have announced on my We Shoot People Meetup group page.

The group now has over 1950 members. A small group of us meet in Soho, London for 'Street Safari 1', this evening to shoot the Soho street life that is always great around the area.

The next 3 events will be based around Soho, Mayfair & Covent Garden, with future events in the City too.

To RSVP, simply join group by clicking the link above and sign up to one of the forthcoming photo walk events.

There will also be some intermediate level street photography photo walks being announced too, including one that is already live and set for Sunday, 20th September in Brick Lane area.

For all enquiries including 1-2-1 London street photography workshops, please get in touch via my contact page.

Photo-bombed in Shoreditch - London Street Photography
08th September 2015
A mischievous police officer decided to photobomb this street portrait photography shoot I did in Shoreditch, East London. The funny thing is I didn't notice until I loaded my camera memory card into my computer and viewed the image!

Seen in Shoreditch - London Street Photography
07th September 2015
Seen in Shoreditch - London Street Photography. East End Dog travelling in style, in his own 'pimp my ride' custom-made pram!

Seen in St. Paul's - London Street Photography
05th September 2015
Seen written on the window of a barbershop near St. Paul's in London.

Street Photography - Limited Edition prints
04th September 2015
So its coming up to my 6th year of what initially started as a hobby of street photography turning into a much bigger project, bigger than I expected, which has lead to some wonderful experiences and opportunities.
I thought I would commemorate my journey (so far) with some limited edition photography prints! I picked my favourite 20 images from my travels to London, Paris, Berlin & New York, each will have an edition of 50. I will hand sign, title & number each photo print on the mount and seal it in a protective cello bag as shown in my YouTube video below.

Each photo print is sized 9 x 6" on either matt or gloss Fuji archival professional photographic paper (which lasts a lifetime!), personally custom made by me with white, acid-free front mount & backboard. Complete item size is A4 (21.0 x 29.7cm, 8.27 x 11.69 inches)

These limited edition street photography prints are now available to order via my Etsy page. If you are interested in a purchase, please go direct to my Etsy shop page.

Check out my latest YouTube video to see what they finished item looks like.

Seen in Westbourne Grove - London Street Photography
04th September 2015
Go home signs, you're drunk.

Still some crap laying around in West London from the bank holiday weekend, Notting Hill Carnival.

Seen in Notting Hill Gate - London Street Photography
03rd September 2015
Seen in Notting Hill Gate, London.

Seen in Brick Lane - London Street Photography
01st September 2015
Seen in Brick Lane, London. An occupied Shoreditch hipster sitting at a window seat of a cafe, advertising for an experienced barista, c/o Michael Jackson and E.T photo may possibly receive a lot of applicants.

Cafe Art 2016 My London Calendar - Kickstarter
01st September 2015
Cafe Art connects those affected by homelessness with the community through art. I started volunteering for Cafe Art as a photographer towards mid 2014 and was overwhelmed by the passion from both the organisers and artists themselves. In July this year I was happy to get involved again from the beginning of their 2015 campaign and was one of the team leader volunteers who helped give out the 100 Fuji single-use cameras to the participants.

Some 80 cameras were returned and 2,500 images were developed. The selection was whittled down to 20 images by a selection panel including FujiFilm, Amateur Photographer magazine, The London Photo Festival, Christie’s and Homeless Link. These 20 images were displayed at Spitalfields Art Market in August for a week. The public were asked to vote for their top 3 photos for the Cafe Art 2016 My London Calendar. The public spoke and more than 2,400 votes were received. The final selection was made for the 12 official photos to be printed in the forthcoming Cafe Art 2016 calendar.

Through their Kickstarter campaign which launched on 20th August 2015. It costs £10,000 to print up the 5,000 calendars they need. I am so chuffed to see that the project has gone viral around the world that they have smashed their modest goal of £4,500 and have already reached over £10,527 as of 1st September, thanks to 551 backers, still with 18 days to go!

Want to help? Pre-order this high quality calendar through their Kickstarter website for the online backer price of £9.00 and help support the Cafe Art team and those affected by homelessness.

Great work Paul and Michael, congrats to all the photographers, the many other volunteers - all your hard work is paying off! See you guys again very soon!

Photo by ROL

Photo by Desmond

Photo by David Tovey

Photo by Ellen Rostant

Photo by XO

Photo by Ioanna Zakana

Photo by Goska Calik

Photo by Ellen Rostant

Photo by Goska Calik

Photo by Zilvinas Vaiteikunas

Photo by Maciek Walorsk

Photo by Ceci
Edge of Humanity Magazine - Essay feature
02nd August 2015
Check out my feature in Edge of Humanity magazine - B&W Street Photography Essay.

Edge of Humanity online magazine selected 10 of their favourite pics to share from my portfolio. Here are some of their picks....

Cafe Art 2016 - My London Calendar - Fuji camera hand out
03rd July 2015
I again volunteered my services with the fantastic homeless charity Cafe Art. This time I signed up as a team leader to help sign up and hand out 100 single-use Fuji disposable cameras to 100 participants affected by homelessness, and taking part in this years calendar photo contest. The theme 'My London' based around London urban/street photography.

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The morning event was held at The Crypt, St. Paul's Cathedral. Cafe Art are currently doing workshops with art groups run by homelessness sector charities and participants will come from all over London on the day. Participants have three days to take the photos before returning the camera to us to develop. Over the past two years we have raised more then £45,000 directly for the participants and art groups and to fund the framing of art by people affected by homelessness.

It is always a honour to help out and I look forward to seeing the photographic entries in a few weeks!
28th May 2015
The Interactive Design Institute asked me to participate in an article for their blog page. I was asked to submit a top tip on capturing the perfect street photography shot, to help up and coming street photographers.

Check out the article here:

“My top tip if you’re after the perfect street shot? A good basic formula to start is all about the three Cs: Content, Composition, Critical Timing! Not having all three will most likely make for a weaker shot. So, the challenge is to obtain all three in one image!

“When it comes to reviewing your images for upload, be quite picky in your critique. Answer these questions: is the content and subject interesting or strong enough to hold the viewer? Is the composition clean and free from any distracting clutter? Am I at the right angle or perspective? Did I press the shutter button at the perfect time to capture the decisive and/or poignant moment? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then you most likely have a cool street shot!”
London Photo Festival - May 2015
15th May 2015
The organisers of the London Photo Festival invited me to participate in this May's exhibition which launched with a private view on Wednesday, 13th May at The Crypt gallery, St George the Martyr Church) Borough High Street, SE1

Today I organised a We Shoot People Meetup Group Event social to coincide with their 'Click N' Clique' evening.

Last day to visit the exhibition is Saturday, 16th May. Pop by!

Thanks to Lena for the photos!
BBC Radio 4 - Digital Human 'People Watching'
04th May 2015
I talk a little about street photography in this BBC 4 series 'Digital Human' 'Rear Window' about people watching whilst on a photo walk with the producers in Soho, London.

You can listen to the whole 30 min audio here:
Series 7, Episode 4 called 'Rear Window'

"Aleks Krotoski explores the basic human impulse of people watching. We are aware how we perform when we know we are being looked at online but hear little about those watching."
BBC Radio 4 street photography feature
21st April 2015
Just back from a photo-walk / Q&A audio interview thingie with BBC Radio 4 writers, for a feature they're doing on 'people watching in the digital age'.

After meeting at cafe, we made our way towards Soho Square. It was a sunny day and so the Square was heaving with locals on their lunch breaks as we strolled amongst them snapping photos.

I don't know how much content they will use, but it was a lot of fun (and a bit weird) being asked lots of interesting questions by someone, another holding a furry microphone in my face, whilst 'covertly' trying to get some candid street shots!!

Details of the BBC Radio 4 feature to follow in a few weeks.

London Photo Festival - Architecture / Street Photography exhbition
20th April 2015
I have submitted a last minute entry into this May's London Photo Festival. The theme if you don't know is 'Architecture'. However the LPF organisers have decided entries with a street photography architectural element are also welcome. So I rummaged through my portfolio to see if I had anything suitable and found this geometrical, architecture street image which they approved. So had it blown up to A2 (approx 70 x 50cm) on metallic print.

Got it back from the printers today and framed it up ready to go! If you want to get your hands on a print early, you can order one from my Etsy shop!

I'm looking forward to seeing all the architecture themed images at the exhibition at The Crypt gallery between 13th - 16th May 2015.

If you are part of my We Shoot People - street photography Meetup group, I have created a Meetup event if you fancy joining a few of us there. - Light Chaser exhibition - Private View evening
09th April 2015
After months of curation and deliberation the final 12 photos were chosen and picked to be part of, Light Chaser themed street photography exhibition at The Greenwich Gallery. Last night, Wednesday, 8th April was launch day, and kicked off with the Private View evening and a successful night it was!

There are 12 physical images on exhibit, beautifully framed on the gallery walls & 15 digital images displayed via a large monitor.

Congrats to: Vadims Timoskins, Jianhua Siew, Saul Perryman, Benjamin Nwaneampeh, Kant Rathod, Michael Fraser, Emilie Houwat, Georgie Pauwels,Ignasi Raventos, Sherion Mullings, Chris Potter & Svilen Nachev!

Many of the finalists themselves attended, (including digital finalist Nabil Tazi who came all the way from Stockholm!) plus a large turn out of guests to this rather charming gallery 5 mins walk from Greenwich station.

The Light Chaser exhibition itself is on until 22 April 2015. Check it out, well worth a visit if you are in the area:
Address: The Greenwich Gallery, Linear House, Peyton Place, London SE10 8RS. Admission is free.

Thanks to The Greenwich Gallery owner Tony Othen & Praveen of for putting the Private View evening together.

 Light Chaser Exhibition - The Greenwich Gallery
26th March 2015
For the past 5 months I have curating the street photography entries submitted to for the exhibition coming up on April 8th - 22nd at The Greenwich Gallery.

The street photography theme I chose was called Light Chaser and as the name implies, I was looking for photographers to submit street images that included a creative use of light.

We received 139 entries in total and standards were very high that instead of choosing the original 10 finalists, I had to extend this to 12 in the main wall exhibition! A further 14 will also get displayed as part of the digital exhibition.

A private view evening will take place on 8th April for photographers and guests to launch the exhibition. (Please note: Private View is by invite only)

Congratulations to all the Light Chaser photography finalists!
British Life Photography Awards - Private View Evening
03rd March 2015
Winners from the British Life Photography Awards were invited to a special Private View evening at the Mall Galleries in London.

It was great to meet and chat to some of the other winners and to see all the winning entries displayed in the exhibition.

We received a copy of the brilliant British Life Photography Awards Portfolio 1 book which all our photos are featured in.

British Life Photography Awards - Street Life winner
02nd March 2015
So, I was surfing about on the internet and stumbled across an online photography contest called the British Life Photography Awards. I had heard of them before, but had never entered before as I was either busy doing something else or I missed the entry deadline, etc.

Anyway, last year Spring/Summer I saw there was a street photography category and thought, I'll have a go and sign up, enter a few pics then thought nothing more of it. I actually forgot I had entered.

So, by the time I received a random phone call out of the blue one cold and dark November 2014 evening suggesting I had one in the Street Life category, I thought it maybe someone's prank until the lady from the BLPAwards at the other end officially described my photo and that she would contact me in writing to officially provide full details of the prize and awards evening next year.

To cut a long story short, I was on strict instruction not to announce my news until it was officially announced by the British Life Photography Awards, which was very difficult for me! But here we are, March 2nd 2015 and I have just seen a article in the Metro newspaper with my street photo included.

I will be going to the Private Evening tonight in fact to collect my prize and meet the other winners.

Check out the photo and the other British Life Photography Award winners on the official BLPA website

We Shoot People - Night photo walk #5 - Soho Pt2
03rd December 2014
Our most recent We Shoot People street photography walk was back in Soho last night. Seeing as it as so popular last event, I created a 2nd photo walk to Soho to give some other members a chance to attend. The event filled up almost immediately again!

The area is filled with street photography opportunities, the night challenge isn't as difficult there as there are plenty of nicely lit interesting shops, gallerias and back streets.

Some shots from that night...

1-2-1 London Street Photography Walk / Workshop
02nd December 2014
This evening I did a 1-2-1 street photography walk / workshop with an US visitor called Brian from Ohio, who had booked a session with me back in the Summer. Brian knew the styles he was looking to achieve and so it made my job easier teaching and taking him to the locations where I knew we could get some cool shots. I decided a night tour through the City of London areas, weaving the maze of back streets and the tube network would be our best bet and our 4-hour photo walk was very productive. We had great fun and it was a pleasure hanging out with you!

"I had a great time this evening! It was even better than I hoped. I felt comfortable with you right away - in addition to being a great photographer, you're very funny! Thanks for a memorable evening and the street photography tips!" Brian Miller

Reluctant to show off some of his own fine work, I thought I would do it on his behalf, because I think they're great! Here are some of his favourites....

We Shoot People - Night photo walk #4 - Covent Garden
26th November 2014
Another week, another We Shoot People Meetup event in London. This time we ventured to the area in and around Covent Garden, London. A great street photography night location just after rush hour which was major hectic at the time we met!

Great group of Meetup attendees and a fun shoot. It rained a bit, but just enough to get some creative shots.

The next Meetup event is in...... Soho, its a part 2 event as the first one was so popular I arranged another one!

Some pics from Covent Garden...

We Shoot People - Night photo walk #3 - City of London
12th November 2014
Week 3 of the series of night street photography walks with the Meetup group WE SHOOT PEOPLE !

This week the event took us to The City of London. Meeting at Bank station just outside The Royal Bank of England on a cold November evening. The City of London is a great location with a lot of historic architecture, light and side alleys that make for some very noir images. From there I took them to the infamous Leadenhall Market area, Lloyds building and than onto Liverpool Street to finish off the evening with a pub social. See some of the Meetup group's uploaded images from this walk.

Here's my favourite shot taken from the evening....

On the next walk #4 on 26th November 2014 I have arranged a night photo walk to Covent Garden, Seven dials & Leicester Square.
New Etsy prints shop now open
08th November 2014
Today I officially opened my new Etsy shop! where I will be selling my photography prints. Prints are custom made to order in the size and paper finish you wish, including Fuji Matt, Fuji Gloss, Kodak Metallic and more. Sizes range from 12 x 8" up to 30 x 20".

All prints professionally printed on high quality archive papers care of ThePrintSpace studios.

Photography images were taking in London, New York, Paris, Lisbon or Berlin. Prints are mostly black & white and includes a white border for easy mounting and framing.

UK & International shipping is available.

Test prints looking good!

Etsy Shop Front

We Shoot People - Night photo walk #2 - Southbank
05th November 2014
Week 2 of the series of night street photography walks with the Meetup group WE SHOOT PEOPLE !

This week the event took us to Southbank, London. Meeting at Waterloo station (under the clock!), we set off to Southbank to do some shooting. Very challenging lighting and cold made this a tough gig, but we battled on for the scheduled walk until we couldn't feel our fingers and ended up in the nearest cafe Nero for some hot chocs and our social. See some of the Meetup group's uploaded images here from this walk.

Next week, walk #3 takes us to the City! Should be a good one.

A few of my shots...

We Shoot People - Night photo walk #1 - Soho
29th October 2014
Back by popular demand!! I have started up the first in a series of once a week, night photo walks around London with my Street Photography group We SHOOT PEOPLE.

This weeks location was centred around Mayfair and Soho areas. Loads of back streets, lights, and with some rain some moody night shots were taken by the 10 group members who attended tonight.

Two of my favourites...

Next week's night walk will be in Southbank.
Call For Entries - Street Photography - Light Chaser
19th October 2014
Calling all street photographers!

I am pleased to announce that I am the curator of an exciting new street photography contest.

THE THEME: 'Light Chaser'

We are seeking eye-catching street photography images that includes the theme of light. Whether natural daylight, sunlight, or artificial light, we want to see your best original work!

THE PRIZE: 20 people will have a fantastic opportunity to physically exhibit and sell your photos at the prestigious Greenwich Gallery in London for a period of 2 weeks, between 8th - 22nd April 2015! The prize is valued at over £1000.

PLUS: In addition to the main prize, you will receive a full blog feature on Linda Wisdom Photography websites, Award.IO and across our social media networks on Twitter, Facebook & Google+.

We are now calling for international entries.
CONTEST DATES: 19 October 2014 - 13 March 2015
EXHIBITION DATES: 8th April - 22nd April 2015

For full contest details & to submit your entry, please visit the official event page:

Good luck!


-- Interview
16th October 2014
I participated in an interview with the guys from photography resource blog website this week. Check out it out here:

London Photo Festival - Private View
15th October 2014
I was invited to the launch night for London Photo Festival, at The Crypt Gallery, which sits in the heart of London Bridge. Organised by co-founders Emma Mapp & Kit Shah who put together these events twice yearly. This time around the exhibition theme is Landscape Photography, and of course this drew in a large crowd of guests for the Private View. If you are in town this week, put in and have a browse, its free entry for the public and all prints on display are on sale. The London Photo Festival runs until 18th October 2014.

1-2-1 Street Photography Workshop
05th October 2014
Street Photography workshop

I spent the afternoon with a new student teaching them some street photography. For my tuition workshops I prefer 1-2-1 photo walks as I can really personalise the workshop to their exact wants and needs in learning. Helen was a great student - asking lots of questions and getting stuck in. We covered many areas of learning from overcoming her fear of getting shouted at, getting people to identify with her photos, improving her compositions to the varying styles of street such as portraiture to more compositional shots and making stronger images overall.

Its always good to see a student improve within a workshop. Helen got closer to subjects with each image and her confidence grew as the workshop went on.

I spent the afternoon with the immensely talented, award winning street photographer Linda Wisdom. We talked about everything from overcoming your fear of being shouted at, to getting others to identify with your images, to geometry in your scene.

I've not taken much street photography in my time but it appeals to me, perhaps because as a psychology grad I've always been interested in human behaviour.

Today has reinvigorated me to pound the street's at lunchtime scanning the scene for potential street blips. Who know's, I might even be brave enough to get in close.

Thanks for a fabulous afternoon shooting street Linda. Lots of fun

Want to schedule a 1-2-1 Street photography workshop? You can book here. There is a 15% discount for first time students!
New YouTube Channel
24th September 2014
I decided to launch a YouTube channel to showcase my favourite and popular street photography and reportage images. I will add more over the next few weeks.

Let me know what you think. Subscribe to my new YouTube channel to get updates when new videos are posted.

When an artist paints one of your photographs
23rd September 2014
When an artist paints one of your photographs

I received an email from a Facebook friend Lucy who is an artist (painter) a while ago asking if she could paint one of my street photography images. Of course I said yes as I was really intrigued as to what their interpretation of one of my street photography images would look like in paint.

I sent them a jpeg of the photo they were interested in painting, went for lunch. By the time I had finished my lunch she had emailed to say the painting was done!!

Anyway, below is the painting impression of my image! We have since named the man in the picture 'Mr Pret' for obvious reasons!

Here is the original photo:

and the painting!
When Sociology Influences Street Photography
09th September 2014
I received this interesting email in my inbox the other day from Melanie, a lady who had visited my website and was interested in buying some prints of mine.

It was a unique email in that she is a professional sociologist who was curious about my images. I have copied her email and my response below…

“Linda, your pictures are simply wonderful, and I am definitely going to buy some prints. However, I was wondering about the background stories to the photographs, as I would love to know the context of your shoots. There are so many that I think are absolutely evocative about time, place and person – that sounds rather trite, but as a sociologist, I’m very interested in what caught your eye and why, even if you don’t personally know your subjects story – I understand that the picture denotes the story, just interested in whether there was any interaction?”

Read my reply on my official website