The past 12 months have been a fantastic journey. Along the way I have had the privilege of meeting many talented mobile photographers and have been inspired by so many more.
As we approach the festive season I thought it would be interesting to invite 24 mobile photographers who have inspired and supported me in one way or another and ask them to offer an insight into their photography, to reflect on their year gone by or plans for the coming year ahead.
Each day until Christmas Eve we will be featuring one photographer in a sort of online advent calendar so to speak.
Today’s featured photographer is Rob Pearson-Wright. Rob is a London mobile photographer who was featured earlier this year on Mobiography. His style of photography captures candid shots of lone characters on the streets of London, many of them captured in black and white, with textures and blur effects to highlight the subject in question.
The Photo I Am Most Proud of is…
Going through my Flickr feed to find the picture that I am most proud of this year was quite hard. There were images that were well received, showcased on sites such as mobiography.net and even some that were exhibited in bricks and mortar galleries. There were also ones to which I probably had a deeper emotional attachment. However, I kept coming back to one image that stood out amongst all the others. It wasn’t one that was cleverly composed or one that used light creatively. Nor was it one that was heavily edited or processed. Its simplicity is what drew me back again and again.
I had been at an iPhoneography meetup in London organised by Vivi (Veevs) Hanson, at the end of August, with many other creative and lovely iPhoneographers. The group had split up with the intention of shooting some pictures around Central London and the river Thames, before meeting up in Trafalgar Square. I chose to wander around the South Bank area, knowing there would be plenty of people there and lots of interesting events going on. It only helped that it was a gorgeous, warm and sunny day. After about half an hour of snapping away I came across a stall selling hats with edible features. Think edible plants, vegetables, cupcake bushes etc. Next to the stall was a bench with the two ladies from my picture sitting on it. I smiled at them, took a couple of candid shots before saying ‘hello’ and asking them if I could take their photo. This photo was taken between the smile and the hello. The ladies were very approachable and friendly but I only stayed for about two minutes before saying ‘thanks’ and ‘goodbye’.
When I got home and reviewed the pictures from the day, this shot was definitely one of the standouts but I couldn’t really put my finger on why. However, with hindsight I can now hazard a guess. Simplicity. It is the only image that needed no editing or processing, apart from adjusting the white balance to match how my eyes saw the colours that day. I tried editing the image but nothing worked in my mind. Not even converting it into black and white like most of my street photography. It remains an anomaly in my Flickr feed and stands out to me like a sore thumb. I am proud that it is 99% the same as the image taken with the native camera app on my (now retired) iPhone 4. I love the quirky slice of London life captured that day, the expressions on the ladies’ faces and the connection made between us from a simple smile. I love the fact that it reminds me of a really enjoyable day in my hometown, of meeting new people and making new friends and taking pictures. I am proud that I have an image that can take me back to that day in an instant. Sometimes the simplest things are the best.