Canary Wharf / by Ryan Trower

I asked myself the other night, after a relatively dry spell with little to no inspiration:

Why do I do this? Why buildings?

Then, as if a proverbial boomerang had appeared out of nowhere, it hit me.

They don't answer back. They don't have time limits.

They're outside.


Inherently, I am an introvert. It's bad for a photographer to be like this, especially a photographer who is studying on a course where studio photography is quite prevalent. Working with people, especially having to photograph them, just doesn't sit right for me. I know it seems like I am shunning one of the biggest and most well paid parts of photography, and I will do it if I absolutely have to, but, I just don't enjoy it.

People tend to be, naturally, hard to work with. Not to say that structures aren't, but they provide different challenges. You can't manipulate the light to suit your subject; you get what you're given.

The best thing I find about photography is how it can lead you down so many different paths; to parts of places you know that you never knew existed. Shedding new light on the otherwise familiar. Personally I don't think you can possibly beat just leaving your house one day, camera in hand with a bit of cash, and just seeing where you end up. It doesn't make sense why you would want to spend time indoors shooting models when you have nearly eight billion people and over one hundred and fifty square miles of land to explore.

Why spend it indoors in a stuffy room with a bunch of hot lights?