Neil Andrews only took up photography five years ago, when his partner bought him a camera. The vintage dealer describes his shooting style as ‘eclectic and evolving’ and says he’s out and about in London most weekends with other members of the Instagram community. We asked him to give us a tour of London via his Instagram account, @mumhad1ofthose.
Out of all your pictures of London, which is your favourite?
‘I love the Tulip Staircase in the Queen’s House in Greenwich. I like to try and put a twist on my shots and so I have started taking iconic London images featuring someone holding my Union Jack umbrella. I use the hashtag #manwiththeunionjackumbrella although it’s not always a man holding it!’
What’s your favourite landmark to snap?
‘My favourite London landmark to snap is St Paul’s Cathedral. It’s a constant in an ever-changing skyline – dignified, glorious, beautiful. I particularly like this classic view across the Millennium Bridge.’
What’s your go-to filter?
‘I use Photoshop Express on my iPhone. I love taking iPhone shots on the Underground. It has become a bit of an obsession and I enjoy trying different angles. I use Photoshop Express because there is so much that can be done in one simple-to-use app. I also use VSCO and SKRWT.’
Is there a photo you’ve taken that’s been unexpectedly brilliant?
‘I was out shooting with friends during Open House weekend and we got into a building near Liverpool Street. I took many shots that day and it wasn’t until a couple of months later that I noticed I had St Paul’s, The London Eye and Big Ben in one shot. I cropped a little and the result is what you see. I was truly astonished by the good response I received.’
Where’s the best view in London?
‘I am biased, but I think one of the best views of London is from our balcony in Surrey Docks. We are very fortunate to have great views over the city skyline which changes constantly due to the time of day, weather conditions and season.’