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Londnr magazine Interview - Photographer in Residence
08th September 2017 - 0 comments


Check out an interview I did recently with Londnr Magazine, to coincide with my concurrent 3 month 'Photographer in Residence' feature on their Instagram & Facebook social media pages.
Photo City London, Street Photography Exhibition
03rd August 2017 - 0 comments

What a great space for an exhibition!



What an amazing day in Paternoster Square! We had a successful first ever Photo City London 2017 exhibition! A whooping 7,000 of you came along to this one day special photography event which was situated in the heart of St. Paul's, City of London!

Thanks to my good friend Matt Hart for inviting me to take part in such a special exhibition event in the first place. A big thank you also to Alan Raw, a brilliant curator who organised the show so professionally. And great work from fellow exhibitors: Christian Cross, Robert Bentley, Matt Hart & Paul Sanders.


(left) Matt Hart, Paul Sanders, Linda Wisdom, Christian Cross, Robert Bentley

Christian Cross, Linda Wisdom, Matt Hart

Also thank you to the Fujifilm UK team, the Paternoster Square team, CameraWorld, Genesis Imaging, Snapperstuff to name but a few. Thank you also to all my friends, Twitter & Instagram fam and the lovely people who took time out to pop down to meet & chat with us and check out the photography on display! Cheers for your kind comments, see you again soon!


© Snapperstuff

© Özlem Mehmet

© John Hughes

Incase you were unfortunate to miss it, you can see a sample of the London street photos that were on display from this Evening Standard article about the exhibition.



© Matt Hart

© Matt Hart

#photocityLondon
London Photoshoot with an Argentinian cyclist
08th June 2017 - 0 comments


Just finished a photoshoot around London with an Argentinian race cyclist. An interesting and very different shoot from my norm, but I was up for the challenge. That said, it was also a lot of fun to shoot.

In fact, we are doing a second shoot in the City of London over the weekend! For now, we ended today's shoot, here under Westminster Bridge, looking out to the Houses of Parliament, just as it started to rain!
British Photography Awards Panel Judge
10th April 2017 - 0 comments
I am very pleased to announce that I have been selected as a panel judge for the British Photography Awards.

Huffington Post - All Women Everywhere Portraits
01st March 2016 - 0 comments


Street Portraits from a photoshoot I did for a month long Huffington Post UK project called All Women Everywhere.

HuffPost UK will be providing a platform to reflect the diverse mix of female experience and voices in Britain today. Through features, video and blogs, we'll be exploring the issues facing women specific to their age, ethnicity, social status, sexuality and gender identity. Read the full article here.
Day In The Life Of... Peter Alberti
28th February 2016 - 0 comments
I just completed a photoshoot with London actor recently, with Peter Alberti, in a 'Day In The Life' themed shoot. All images were made in Central London. Here are some highlights from the shoot...





As a street photographer, I enjoy getting hired to do portrait photoshoots as I am usually giving full creative control on the making of the images. Its always fun to work with a model 'subject' and also have permission to put my personal 'street photography' stamp on the final results. No fancy gimmicks or kit lighting - just one camera, and two lenses (an Olympus prime 90mm & 50mm) and natural day light!



My Photography & Camera Technology | Light
10th November 2015 - 0 comments
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.





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.







Click here to see more images

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!
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.







Award.io - Light Chaser exhibition - Private View evening
09th April 2015 - 0 comments
After months of curation and deliberation the final 12 photos were chosen and picked to be part of Awardio.io, 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 award.io for putting the Private View evening together.

























Award.io Light Chaser Exhibition - The Greenwich Gallery
26th March 2015 - 0 comments
For the past 5 months I have curating the street photography entries submitted to Award.io 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!
Call For Entries - Street Photography - Light Chaser
19th October 2014 - 0 comments
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
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For full contest details & to submit your entry, please visit the official event page: http://www.award.io/streetphotography

Good luck!



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Paris Street Photography
14th September 2013 - 0 comments
Back from my week in Paris, which was a guest invitation trip to John Free's Paris Workshops. Fantastic city, great weather (apart from last day of rain!), though typically wonderful for street photography, I could get used to Parisian life... but home in London calls me for now!

Check out the Paris gallery for forthcoming images.

Au revoir!
award.i.o contest judge
12th August 2013 - 0 comments
Its an honour to have been asked to be a contest judge for award.io.

Currently judging photos from Greenwich+Docklands International Festival

John Free - London Street Photography Workshops (3 Days)
14th June 2013 - 0 comments
I am happy to announce that John Free will be coming to London, UK in August as part of his inspiring, international street photography workshops!

As well as gaining invaluable street shooting advice and knowledge, bonus perks include ONE years personal critiquing, a chance to get your best workshop photo showcased on his YouTube channel and a chance to win one of his very own signed prints!

All workshops include an introductory lecture as well as the opportunity to work one-on-one with John each day to develop an individual working technique tailored to fit each photographer’s unique personal vision. Each workshop is limited to no more than TEN students so that each will have maximum opportunity for individual coaching and feedback on his or her photographs.

You will learn to photograph people at close range without discomfort about invading their privacy. You will learn to find subjects in everyday situations and be able to work quickly and quietly without having to think about, or look at, your camera. Photographers of all skill levels are welcome.

For further details and to secure your place, please click on the Meetup event link. Limited 10 spots only!

http://www.meetup.com/We-Shoot-People-Street-Photography/events/124474892/