I am a 32-year-old photographer from a small village in South Wales, U.K. I have a huge passion for photography and a desire to see the world and experience new cultures – documenting them along the way.
I worked in London as Head of Photography at a big commercial studio for over six years. Working with a great team of people in the studio environment, with exposure to the best equipment every day, helped me develop my knowledge of lighting and I gained a huge amount of experience in photographic production.
For the past ten months I have been traveling Asia and New Zealand, exploring as much as possible. My approach to travel photography is quite laid back and opportunistic. I don’t like setup imagery, making the scene over perfect. I enjoy simply reacting to what’s in front of me and putting myself in a position where I feel a good image can be captured. A lot of the time I find that leaving my comfort zone leads to something memorable. High risk – high reward. The people I’ve met along the way have been amazing, even the not so nice ones. It all helps make the story and shape how I approach my next project.
What do you love about photography?
I love that I am able to capture a moment in time. I’m able to meet people and discover new places and create these stills which contain a story in themselves.
I find it a self-challenging profession – you get out what you put in. I’ve been to some amazing places because of it and have met a lot of great people.
My dream shoot?
To be sent somewhere remote to document a tribe for a few months. Or something with a bit more danger.
Time with Camera?
In early 2004 I dabbled with my father’s Pentax and it went from there. I jumped on the digital bandwagon and got stuck in.
People, everyone’s got a story to tell. The unpredictability and interest makes for a great subject.
Favourite Piece of Kit?
Canon 35mm f1.4 L Series lens. It’s great for street photography and gets you up close and personal for portraits. Being a prime It forces you to move and get the composition you really want, rather than just zooming in and making do with where you are. Crisp images and creamy bokeh – what more do you need?
What is the first thing you notice about people?
Eyes and body language. Or sometimes a great moustache.
Mountain cabin or beach house?
It would probably be the beach house. Fishing and relaxing – perfect.
Last book you read?
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
If I could travel in time?
I’d probably go forwards, just to see how we’re getting on
What is the furthest you’ve been from home?
Bluff on the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. Next stop south is Antarctica.
If you were a crayon, which colour would you be?
RED. For Wales 😉
Top of your bucket list?
After spending two months zipping around India, I would say Northern India and Nepal. Closely followed by South America.
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Weekday Activity: travel / lifestyle / commercial Photographer.
Website: Ceri Davies Photographer
Location: London, UK.
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