One shot interview with Daniel Cook

July 13, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

One shot interview with Daniel cook

What made you push the shutter button to capture this image?


The contrast of the subject in a serene moment against the cityscape. A lone man reading a newspaper on a bench, under a tree, on a beautiful day, surrounded by high-rise buildings in, what should be, the busy streets of London. I call this image 'Le Monde' after the name of the newspaper he is reading.


Is this image part of a wider project,if so what is the project focus?


I have no projects and that does depress me a little, does that make my photography shallow? In general though, I like to create images that tell a story. Aesthetics are important to me, it would have to be something that I'd consider hanging on the wall.


Why is this image special to you?


I'm very self-conscious about taking photos in the street, most of my street photos are shot from the hip, this photo was not like that. I felt so strongly about wanting to photograph this scene that I forced myself to do so, even taking several images from a few angles, all while worrying what the subject would think if he noticed me.


I picked this image, not because it was my best or even favourite street image but because of the sense of achievement that came with the capture of it.


Is there any photography books that inspired you to capture this image?


I'm terrible for buying books that I never read, so I've learnt not to buy them. Perhaps I will gain some inspiration or at least motivation from watching these free documentaries on photography and photojournalism.


What camera are you currently using?


I took the featured image on the Leica Q2, the Q series has been a longtime favourite of mine for street photography. I sold the Leica Q2 recently with a plan to purchase the Leica M10 Monochrom and perhaps the 28mm 1.4 Summilux lens. Unfortunately, as a wedding and school event photographer, the pandemic has left me without income. I will need to wait until I can return to work before committing to the purchase. 


I use a pair of Sony A9 cameras for work and a Hasselblad X1D II for my personal work (that's dog photos and portraits currently)


Please us about yourself


Over the last few years, I have made a career change from web development to professional event photography. I photograph a lot of local live music and enjoy street photography.


Inspired by the likes of Annie Leibovitz, I'd like to develop my portraiture skills and perhaps create bodies of work that have depth and meaning.


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