Exhibitor Insights – Thomas Burroughs

 

Tell us about you and your photography.

I have been an amateur photographer for around 12 years and have always been fascinated by urban environments. Since coming out of the lockdowns from the pandemic, I have become more focused on street photography, which led me to join the Urban Photographers Club. As part of my journey, I have experimented with different styles of street photography, originally looking for subjects framed by contrasted light or geometrical elements to create a somewhat graphical representation of isolation in the city. More recently I have been experimenting with flash as part of an ongoing project to capture the presence of music in the street. I am an avid record collector and DJ, so I wanted to look at ways I could bring my passions of music and photography together. I use off camera flash and slower shutter speeds to capture the movement and dynamism of people lost in music of the street.

What did you get out of exhibiting last year?

LPS 2023 was my first real experience of exhibiting my photography, bringing excitement and nerves in equal measure! However, the overall process of developing my ideas for a project, and then holding myself to account to go and shoot, really channelled my energy to work towards a tangible end product. The downside to digital photography is that we don’t spend enough time printing our images, so seeing my photography on the wall at the LPS was a really fulfilling experience. It was great to have the opportunity to share my work, albeit slightly nerve-racking at first. The whole experience pushed me out of my comfort zone and I feel like I have grown as a photographer as a result.

What are you looking forward to this year?

One thing that struck me last year was the quality and diversity of the work from the photographers that took part in the London Photo Show, so I am looking forward to more of the same this year. The private viewing was a really fun evening with the opportunity to meet other photographers and talk about their work and stories.

What’s the best thing about exhibiting at the London Photo Show?

As an amateur photographer, exhibiting your work is something many of us don’t get a chance to experience. The London Photo Show is an amazing platform to do so, and I met so may other other creative photographers as part of the exhibition.The Bargehouse is an incredible venue , with the warehouse feel and exposed brickwork providing a dramatic backdrop to the photography on display.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about exhibiting?<

The London Photo Show is a supportive, inclusive and welcoming exhibition. If you have aspirations to exhibit your work then this is a great event and platform to do so. Be prepared to put in the work and make use of all the resources that the LPS has on offer to help you as you work towards the exhibition. I have learnt so much from the experience which is why I am excited to take part again this year.

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