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Keep walking until your camera batteries die! - London photography
19th September 2015 - 0 comments
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 - 0 comments
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!

Giant Polar Bear in London - People vs Shell protest
11th September 2015 - 0 comments
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.

http://peoplevsshell.tumblr.com/



#‎articroar‬ ‪#‎stopdrilling‬ ‪#‎peoplevsshell‬
Beginner photo walks - London street photography
09th September 2015 - 0 comments
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 - 0 comments
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 - 0 comments
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 - 0 comments
Seen written on the window of a barbershop near St. Paul's in London.

Street Photography - Limited Edition prints
04th September 2015 - 0 comments
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 - 0 comments
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 - 0 comments
Seen in Notting Hill Gate, London.

Seen in Westminster - London Street Photography - Refugees Welcome
01st September 2015 - 0 comments
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.


Seen in Brick Lane - London Street Photography
01st September 2015 - 0 comments
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 - 1 comment
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 - 0 comments
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 - 0 comments
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!
TOP BRITISH STREET PHOTOGRAPHERS IN 2015
28th May 2015 - 0 comments
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 - 0 comments


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 - 0 comments
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 - 0 comments
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 - 0 comments
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.