Yippee, I’m Photographer of the Year 2009 Runner Up

Yippee, I’m Photographer of the Year 2009 Runner Up

On July 21st, 2009, posted in: My Photography by

I was very honoured to qualify as a Runner Up for the 2009 Photographer of the Year competition, run by Practical Photography Magazine / sponsored by Jessops. Practical Photography is the UK’s longest running photography magazine, and they received tens of thousands of entries, so to make it as a runner-up is really rewarding, even though I didn’t win all the fantastic kit and prize money that the winner received.

My (almost) winning photo above is a shot I took late one night at the Shunt Vaults, which used to be one of London’s best kept secrets: an underground lair filled with art, music, dance and performance, tucked away beneath London Bridge station. Entry is through a secret doorway from within the station, giving the place an air of mystery from the outset. The folks who operate the Shunt performance group were lucky enough to turn the place into an amazing bar/art space, but sadly, the council decided to repurpose the space, so it’s now in the process of being converted into yet another bland shopping area full of chain stores. It’s really sad to see the place go, so I spent a few weekends there photographing everything I could.

I took this photo on a long exposure as someone walked past one of the arches under the railway bridge. I think it really captures the dark mystery of the space.

View the full-size image in my Arts & Events portfolio

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