Monday, 8 November 2010

Photographers Shoot Swap in London

Very rare is it that I get to meet a brand new group of incredibly unique individuals all at once. However, a couple of weeks ago, that is exactly what I did.

By my nature, I wouldn't say I'm overly spontaneous. It seems, though, that when it comes to photography I will, for example, drive all the way to London on a Sunday with less than a weeks notice to meet 11 complete strangers for lunch; all from a tip off via Twitter.

When I saw that someone had retweeted a Tweet from Alex Beadon asking if any photographers wanted to meet in London for lunch and go and take photos, I messaged her straight away to express my interest.

Less than a week later I found myself in Strada in Tower Bridge sat at a table with 11 complete strangers chatting about cameras, photography, computers, people, techniques, and all sorts of other engaging and delightful subjects. 

Everyone I met that day was absolutely fantastic, it's just a shame it couldn't have lasted longer. Firstly I'll introduce you to the awesome lady who organised the whole thing, Alex Beadon. Alex is a superbly creative portrait photographer doing some fantastic things. I love her style and attitude, just check out this look:

Something I found incredibly interesting about everyone I met was their life stories. They were all born and grew up somewhere different and so had a different story to tell and a different view on the world. 

Someone who stood out for me was Fanni Williams who was born in Hungary, grew up in New Zealand and has lived in the UK for a number of years now, she's a freelance graphic designer doing very well for herself and just starting to get into photography.

Take a gander at her blog, it's very good.

Here is the delightful Marie Man, she's a fashion and documentary photographer based out of Bristol doing some really cool things. Definitely worth a look, she has a wonderful style and a great personality to boot.

I also had the pleasure of meeting these lovely people, I just wish I had spent longer talking to each of them and really hope I'll get the opportunity to do so again soon. 

There was the enigmatic Juliet McKee of Sugar and Spice Photography

The gracious Dominique Bader

The delight that is Eddette Steynberg of Purple Apple Studios

The beautiful Anneli Marinovich

Here is very lovely Shirley Gilks working her stuff (on the left and then right)...

And finally the really cool Mark Osborne

So after a really very nice lunch at Strada, we all ventured out to shoot each other (in a non 'murderous' sort of way obviously). Here is what I saw.

Three of my favourites of Fanni…

Here is Marie and Mark doing their thing…

A couple more of Fanni…

There was a pretty cool fountain where we were on the South Bank which, with the light behind it, looked pretty awesome. A little bit like this actually…

Marie saw this very cool looking metal tube, which was some kind of oversized railing, so we both shot Fanni next to it. I really like these. I think the texture of the metal and simplicity of the colours looks really cool. 

Oh look, a tree!

Here is a delightful shot of Alex...

… and a couple of beautiful shots of  Juliet… 

Here are three of my absolute favourites of Anneli and Marie. I really like these…

 A final couple of Fanni…

 Juliet met a dog…

 and personally I think this photo is the dogs' bollocks…

Apparently this is the building where Boris Johnson works. I didn't see him though. I did see Shirley, Anneli, Fanni, Juliet and Lovis (Alex's non-photographer friend) though…

Finally we say goodbye and a massive thank you to Alex for organising the meet and getting such a fantastic bunch together, I really hope we can do it again sometime soon.

Take care everyone,

Will xx


  1. These are awesome, Will!! My favorites are the ones of Fanni by the metal tube - great composition and colours :) I'm so glad everyone had such a great time, we'll definitely have to organise one for some time soon!! Unfortunately I'm out of the country till Dec 16th :O, so I'll have to miss out on the next one if it's before then :(

  2. Hey there. Great pics Will and fab to meet ya (when are you moving here?) Didn't know I had my eyes closed for so much of the afternoon! :-D x