Photographer of the day is Eddie Ngugi a 26-year-old London based self-taught photographer. During the day he works as a freelance photojournalist, occasionally shooting protests and debates for regional magazines and newspaper companies and at night he gets out on the streets of London to shoot cityscapes with friends and Instagram enthusiasts.
He first started making pictures about 4 years ago when after he graduated and he wanted to pick up a new hobby. Ngugi started off shooting pretty much anything he found interesting and beautiful at the time in the streets of London. The idea was to learn to control his camera and understand composition.
After spending a lot of time learning the craft, reading online articles, attending open events and meeting other photographers, Eddie discovered that he actually enjoyed photojournalism. More than that he was drawn to photojournalism because it conveys real life issues, tragedies or celebrations, introducing you to the people affected, how you relate to their story and what happens after.
The thing with photojournalism is the images must be relevant to the event and society in order to be effective. The photos must be accurate, informative and able to convey what is happening during a particular moment in time. These images possess an objective quality. When taken correctly with relevant content, pictures are unbiased. Viewers are left to make their own decisions on what the truth is. Conversely, words can carry the tone of the person who wrote them.
As a self-taught photographer, Ngugi loves to experiment with different camera techniques. He became interested in Cityscape photography while shooting with a local group of photographers. With their help he learned a lot about night photography and shooting long exposures.
Ngugi has been practicing cityscape photography as a way to explore the city that he spent most of his life in. Shooting long exposures particularly, helps him practice composition the most. While he is taking pictures at night he feels that he’s learning more and more about London, just like a tourist seeing the city for the first time. “To be honest I don’t feel like I knew London until I became a photographer,” Eddie said.
Instagram is his most beloved medium, “It has become both a challenge and a great opportunity to study images and learn great techniques,” he said. He’s made a lot of friends through Instagram that he continues to shoot with today. People who challenge his creativity and inspire him to create at the same time.
To see more of Eddie’s work, visit his site.
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