In Conversation With Ben Moore

In Conversation With Ben Moore

The destination is London and architectural photography is the focus of our next feature. We recently caught up with Ben Moore, @bemorephotos in London to discuss his photography, where he gathers his inspiration and what it means to be a London photographer in the city for our Destinations series.Ā 

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From the beginning we go back with Ben, to when he first started out capturing his most notable London photography.

Can you introduce yourself?

My name is Ben Moore, I’m a freelance professional photographer going by the name of @bemorephotos. I’ve been doing photography for about 10 years on and off now, shooting architecture, cityscape and urban photography in London and all across the globe.

How did it all start?

I wanted to travel but I didn’t have the funds to do it, so me and my friend would travel places for one day. We would go to Barcelona for one day, first flight in the morning at 6am, land at 8am. We would shoot all through the whole day then fly out at 7am and get home at 9am. Be absolutely knackered, but then you put your memory card in the computer and you’re like look at all these photos I’ve got and they are international. Which means you can show you are an international photographer as well.

What were the first pieces you captured?

I got involved with a group of models, creatives and we all got together and created model photography, but I was still learning. I felt like I was getting more comfortable with my camera. I bought a wide angle lens and went out and started shooting wide angled photography: city scapes, urban. We would go out at night to try and shoot really cool photos, we used smoke grenades to make that cool photo. I kept shooting, shooting and shooting, because I was like this has got to work. This is my dream.

What was the first building/ architecture you captured?

My first building was the St.Pauls Cathedral, shooting from the Millennium Bridge. It’s like a classic shot. I remember taking this photo with a tripod and it was really dark, long exposure and it came out and I was really proud of it. That was that moment where I was like ‘this is what I want to do’. Any area which is a tunnel or has symmetry, I would be shooting urban photography, street style. Spiral staircases, all the sort of lines, the leading lines or anything that makes the eyes dance through the image, I went and shot.

What advice would you give to other photographers starting out?

You can do any type of photography with any lens, but it’s all about you and what style you want to create. How you want to get that message across. Don’t put yourself in a box, get the best lens and start with that and do what you want to do. If you want anything in this world, just work hard for it.

What is it about London that inspires and excites you with your work?

London is where I am from, London is home isn’t it. I always like coming back and finding new things with the city. New spots, or being the first to find that shot in London. London is base for me, we need to protect that base. You have Singapore photographers, Hong Kong photographers, but London needs to be represented. There is good photographers out here, we need to show them what we can do.

Discover the Destinations edit here and head to our YouTube channel to catch more conversations from the series.

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