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London on Instagram: @oliverzcohen

Posted at 10:00 am, September 24, 2014 in Photos of London

Welcome to our new ‘London on Instagram’ series! Over the coming weeks, we’re going to profile some of London’s best Insta-snappers and their incredible pictures.

Oliver Cohen’s lived in London for the past six years and works for a children’s charity. He started studying photography a year ago and loves shooting urban landscapes.

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He says: ‘I like the creative possibilities that long exposure and night photography allow, which carries through into many of my pictures.’

We asked him to give us a tour London via his Instagram pictures.

1. Out of all your pictures of London, which is your favourite?

‘It’s hard to choose a favourite, but I love this shot of Westminster Abbey reflected in a puddle. It’s a good reminder that sometimes the best view is not always the obvious one.’

2. What’s your favourite landmark to snap?

‘Although Tower Bridge has been photographed countless times by many people (myself included!), it doesn’t ever lose its appeal. I will often return to shoot it in different light, seasons and at night, using techniques like long exposure, for more creative possibilities. ‘

3. What’s your go-to filter? Do you use any additional apps?

‘I always try to get as much right in-camera as I can when I’m shooting, to keep any editing I need to do to a minimum. For IG, I do all my editing using iPhone apps, like Google’s Snapseed, which has some powerful tools. I’ve been really impressed with Instagram’s new in-app editing features, and am increasingly only using these. ‘

4. Is there a photo you’ve taken that’s been unexpectedly brilliant?

‘It’s always great when conditions like the weather, light and being in the right place at the right time combine to give you the perfect shooting conditions, and often the best, and sometimes unexpected results.’

5. Where’s the best view in London?

‘Some of the best views in London are from above, with Heron Tower and the Shard as two of my favourites – the views are spectacular! The vantage from the roof terrace at One New Change building, near St Paul’s Cathedral is also definitely worth a visit, and it’s free to go up! ‘

For more great Instagram snaps take a look at the weird tales and street photography on We never met.

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