Alex Hamdy

Tell us a little bit about yourself? Where’s home? What are your hobbies (apart from photography of course)?

I was raised in Zambia but born in Vienna to Egyptian and Austrian parents so I’m a bit of mixed bag. Home is currently London but Zambia will always hold a special place for me, especially having lived their for 20 years.  

When I’m not behind a lens I love to get out on my bike and just escape the city. And if it’s raining – you’ll find me knocking around a squash ball or making candles! I know, it sounds strange but it’s very satisfying process you can’t speed up.

How long have you been a photographer?

About 4 years now.

Your shots often involve waiting for the perfect moment, are there any times where you haven’t had the patience but wish you’d waited it out?
There are always times that you wish you’d got one more shot, didn’t see that wire in the way or waited that bit longer. I try not to regret what could have been but instead learn to recognise those mistakes so that in the future you’re more aware of what to look for and make the best use of the time you have available when out and about. Patience is everything.

Have you studied photography? Attended seminars or workshops?

I did a couple short courses at Central Saint Martins a couple years ago to enhance my photography, but I’m otherwise self taught.

What or who got you started in photography?

I bought my parents an entry level DSLR for Christmas a few years back. Needless to say it didn’t get much use! I then decided to reclaim it and started snapping away. Before I knew it, I was hooked. This, when coupled with my strong interest in art and design, led me to a new passion.

How would you describe your style?

Vibrant colours, abstract patterns and strong symmetrical lines on the go. But I do also explore other styles that cross into black and white.

 

What type of cameras do you use?

Canon 5D Mark III, and occasionally my iPhone makes an appearance.

What is your favourite photography accessory or tool, other than your camera?

I don’t like to carry very much with me but a compact tripod never goes amiss for those more sturdy shots.      

If you had to choose just one lens, which one and why?

The Canon 24-70mm L f2.8 due to it’s amazing quality and versatile range. It’s wide enough to get a full view but also allows you to get that bit closer for more abstract shots. Having recently acquired my first L prime lens, however, I’m beginning to think that might just be my favourite soon!  

What is your favourite computer accessory or software?

Adobe Lightroom all the way, and Snapseed if I’m on the go.

How important is photoshop in your work?

I started out using Photoshop when I first began post editing images but soon after discovered Lightroom. I’ve never looked back and find that it’s my go to companion for photography. Sadly Photoshop has taken a backseat.

Are you a Mac or PC man?

Mac – I’m trapped in the Apple web.

Is there any new gear that you have your eye on at the moment?

There’s always the next purchase looming in the back of my mind – I’m currently eyeing up a Canon L 16-35mm f2.8.

You have a very clear style, what is it that captures your attention, what do you find photograph worthy?

I’m drawn to seeking out and capturing unusual snippets of everyday life that often go by unnoticed. On closer inspection they make you look twice to figure out what it might be. Things like repetitive patterns, geometric lines and bold colours always catch my eye. There is something about the simplicity of this style that I find absolutely fascinating. It isn’t always easy to get right but at times it’s those intuitive first shots that often end up being the winners.

What’s your favourite image you’ve shot recently?

That’s a tough one as I’ve taken a fair few shots in past few weeks. Recently, I have fallen for Camden again having not been to the area for a number of years. I love that about London, you can always re-discover places years later and find a completely different perspective to the one you first saw.

Are there any particular photographers that inspire you?

I’m a big fan of Andreas Gursky, Nick Brandt, and Edward Burtynsky.

Are there website or blogs that you visit often for inspiration?

I tend to visit more design and art related blogs online, but when it comes to photography I find YouTube is great source for tutorials and picking up new skills/techniques.  

Finally, any words of advice for anyone wanting to get into photography?

In world of digital photography, take 100s of images, play with all the settings on your camera and never stop trying to seek out new angles. Learn to fail. And don’t forget to look up – you never know what surprises you might find.