About Me - Simon Townsend Photography

' Hello & Welcome... '

I could ramble on here about what my pictures say both to me and about me, what inspires and motivates me etc, blah, blah, blaaa (Vlad just puts it so well) but I will refrain!

But the simple truth is … "I enjoy taking and making photographs"

Pictures that I hope others will find enjoyable too. 


' Still reading...? '  :)

OK, the longer version then... 

Why did I get into it? "It was my Grandad!"  He was a keen amateur and he shared his enthusiasm with me, and it just kind of stuck.

When I started taking pictures lets just say 'digital' was not a word associated with photography unless you happened to be taking pictures of a computer!

Celluloid film, paper (and smelly chemicals) were my memory cards, and the closest to having an 'instant picture' was using a polaroid back on my camera!

I studied photography at college and worked for a great photographer (Roger Payling) as a photographic assistant in the heart of London's West End and have very fond memories of that time in my working life.

In spite of some early photographic success (seeing my pictures in a national newsprint editorial for the first time was a complete rush for me) I took a a bit of a turn careerwise and moved into the world of IT and sadly for a while photography took more of a back seat. 

In time though the two would unite; rekindling my avidity for taking pictures.

As a medium, photography moved forward during this period of my life, just as computing and mobile devices did, and continue to do so.

This 'new' way of shooting led me 17 years or so ago to start dabbling with digital cameras and eventually 'Go 100% Digital'

Yes it's true… I came out of the darkroom! :)

' What do I like to shoot...? '

I enjoy shooting and viewing most subjects and styles, but I do get a buzz from Street & Event photography.

It's unscripted and relies solely on my ability to find a shot.

There is an assumption that street photography is a relatively new genre, but it's not by any means, in fact as soon as the limitations of early photography (long exposures, very still subjects etc.) were overcome 'street, urban, social documentary' has been practised by photographers the world over.

There are, of course, some earlier examples of this study but it was really about the early 1900's that it became more mainstream.

Ironically perhaps this makes it one of the oldest genres of photography, not an upstart! 

If you're interested about this particular evolution please  follow this link for a more detailed history timeline.

To sum up, as I fear I may now be rambling,  photography for me is all about

' Being able to capture a great moment... ' 

It's this that gives me the impetus, the desire to keep going. To get that next shot and another and another...

Getting 'it' imparts a great sense of personal accomplishment, satisfaction and happiness in me.

It did when I first started out and has never diminished! 

So if you see something in my galleries that you like…Great! (please feel free to comment, I would love to hear from you)

If you wish to contact or commission me or just want to say Hi,  please get in touch via the "contact me" form, selectable from the sites menu.

Thanks for stopping by...


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