A very inspiring photographer from London, meet Linda Wisdom who started doing street photography few years ago. Having deeply inspired from some of the master photographers, especially Henri-Cartier Bresson, Linda continues to surprise us all with her developed and unique vision for street photography. Take a look for yourself.
Can you please introduce yourself?
Hello, My name is Linda Wisdom, I am a self-taught street photographer, photography tutor & social media marketer from London, UK. I have been shooting street for over 5 years now.
How did this love for street photography happen?
By accident or design depending on how you look at it. A photographer friend loaned me a DSLR about 6 years ago to learn camera basics on. About 2 months into my photography beginnings, I noticed all my subject matter mostly included people and portraits. The challenge of going for a photo walk and finding new and interesting characters to shoot became a bit of a buzz. At the time, I did not even know there was the term ‘street photography’ until I posted one of my shots on Flickr and someone commented that it reminded them of a Henri Cartier-Bresson. So naturally I Googled that name and well, that was it, I was blown away by all the amazing photography I was discovering and my passion began!
What is that you always look onto shoot?
I love images that convey a clear message, have impact, or create an emotional reaction or story, so I try and incorporate some or all of these elements into my own images.
When do you think a picture needs to be in B/W?
When full colour takes away from the element(s) you want the viewer to focus on. If your image has more visual impact in B/W then convert it.
Which photographers inspire you?
These change depending on my mood or style I’m into at the time, but I switch between; Saul Leiter, Charles Harbutt, Fan Ho, Ernst Haas, Bert Hardy, Daido Moriyama, Josef Koudelka, Leon Levinstein, Roswell Angier to name but a few.
What are some of your favorite books on Street photography?
Too many to mention! I have at least one from most of the photographers I have mentioned that I reference to, when I want to feel inspired.
Your favorite photography quote?
“To take photographs means to recognize – simultaneously and within a fraction of a second – both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one’s head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis.”
I keep it simple and what currently works for me – which is my Panasonic Lumix DMC G3. Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm & 45mm primes, and a 14-42mm zoom. I also have a Sony RX100. Most of all the shots you see in my portfolio were taken on the Panasonic.
Life, people, friends, family, travel, music, art, film & photography. Not necessarily in that order!
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