In the member spotlight this month, I’m delighted to introduce you to Andrew Robertson, the photographer behind the fantastic ‘All of us are living in the gutter, but some of us belong there’ shot which won the “Everyday Life” Photo Contest!
Read on to find out how Andrew got into photography, what inspires him, where in the world he would most like to photograph and more!
Where are you from and how long have you been living in Oxford?
Hi! I’m Andrew, I’m British, originally from Norfolk but have lived on and off in Oxfordshire for 12 years. A couple of years back I lived in China for 3 years (我的中文不好!) and explored Asia.
What’s your story? How did you get into photography?
When I was younger I generally liked snapping away on travels but since I lost a compact camera back in the early 2000s I’ve never owned an actual camera. I got into taking iPhone snaps in China so my wife and I could record our travels and experiences and share them with family via Tumblr.
What is your favourite subject to photograph?
I never really go places to take photos, I go places to have new experiences and take a few snaps along the way. It’s always memories first, photos second. Then I like to show my photos online on Instagram or bore friends with them in the pub. A decent photo that never leaves your hard drive is a pointless waste of time.
What do you think is key to taking a good photo?
My top tip is to go to cool places and do interesting things. Point your phone at stuff and snap away.
For acceptable iphonography according to WelcometotheZhongguo;
Never use the flash
Never pinch zoom (crop later)
Always tap to focus (sort the exposure out after)
Try out new stuff that’s fun; like taking a pic through your sunnies or using the fact the lens is so close to the edge for a #puddlegram
Don’t filter, just sort out the contrast and brightness afterwards (I use the bog standard iPhone camera software)
Take a whole bunch of pics, sort them out in a cafe or pub, smash them on Instagram and see what happens
Tag and engage in #topphotobantz
Where do you find your photography inspiration? What motivates you?
Travel is inspirational. I love exploring new places in Oxford and I currently have a photo exhibition throughout May 2018 at Tap Social Movement called Behind Borders of my photos from North Korea, Burma & Chernobyl. You should visit and let me know what you reckon via Instagram.
Where in the world would you most like to photograph?
I’d most like to photograph Tehran in the 1970s.
What is your experience of Oxford Photo Walk?
Oxford Photo Walk is a great idea to get like minded people out and about to photograph different places with a fun theme. I like that the emphasis of ‘social’ on social media isn’t missed since we always end up in the pub where I can edit my snaps and drink a pint, or two.
I’d like to thank Andrew for sharing his story and a few of his favourite photographs with us.
Like what you see?
Then you can see more of Andrew’s work on his instagram.
If you have any questions or comments for Andrew, please feel free to leave a comment below, send us an email, ask him in person at the next photo walk or what about catching up with him at his Behind Borders photo exhibition at Tap Social (there you go, just one more plug)! 🙂
All the best,