Interview: Steven Johnston Showing His Creativity in Street & Urbex Photography

I am Steven Johnston, a 32 year old professional dog walker from Cardiff and photography is a hobby I started less than a year ago.

I first fell in love with photography 10 years ago when I stumbled across #magnumphotos on Tumblr. I was hooked on the classic photography that has been inspiring people for generations, and I quickly discovered two of my favorite photographers.

Elliott Erwitt for his amazing take on dog photography and keen eye for the street and then Francesca Woodman for her creepy and creative style which is inspiring people in a lot of their urbex photography to this day.

Fast forward 7 years and I finally started taking photos as I had a phone and when I started my dog walking business I found myself seeing the beauty in nature and happily snapping tree silhouettes on those cold winter mornings. Also I had lots of willing subjects who were playing in the mud around me and that’s when I started taking photos on a daily basis.

It wasn’t until September 2018, just 8 months ago that I had even touched a DSLR camera. I didn’t even know how to use a camera, so I booked myself on a little photography course at the local art center, so I could understand the basics; aperture, ISO and shutter speed.

Well that was it…. I’d finally found my creative outlet and it was the best thing that has ever happened for me. I’ve met hundreds of new people, made lots of close new friends and walked through doors I would of never have walked through.

Let me show you a little bit of my work and the type of photography I do. I mostly use Instagram to display my work, so if you’d like to check my gallery you can find it here. or @shotbybov

Street Photography

My favorite genre because essentially the aim is to capture a fleeting moment, and when you get that capture it can be like no other, and almost impossible to recreate.

Light Painting

Probably the most artist style of photography. Who knew waving lights around in the middle of the night in an organised manner could be so much fun.

Portrait Photography

The art of capturing somebody’s personality in a photo, this can be very difficult, but when you have a willing model it can be achieved more easily. This can also be very creative as you can choose different locations and costumes depending on the subject.

Image Credit: @stephane_james

Image Credit: @stephane_james

Dog Photography

This can be testing at times but if you just find a quiet place to sit down somewhere and let them play around you, you will eventually capture some perfect moments.

Urbex Photography

Short for Urban Exploration, very exciting as it’s discovering a lost world left to rot. Not for the fate hearted as it can be scary, especially at night. But the results can be outstanding, especially having a model with you to show some beauty amongst the decay.

Follow me on Instagram @shotbybov

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