Behind the lens
The photographer: 'I grew up in Kingston before moving here after university. I tend to take my camera with me whenever I’m going somewhere that has potential for interesting shots and rarely plan a photo walk. After 29 years around the city I’m still finding new places and discovering new history all the time. I love learning, improving and trying new photography techniques.'
The setup: 'I use a Canon 7D with 15-85mm and 50mm lenses. I love the high frame-rate of the 7D, which means I never miss any action but I would love a full frame camera too for the wider field of view. I use Lightroom for post-processing and really appreciate the way it streamlines the workflow.'
The work: 'I experiment with all kinds of techniques from macro to composite panoramas, action, long exposure, low light with and without flash and on all subject types from landscapes to portraits and abstract.
'Since I really started to get into photography – about six or seven years ago – I’ve looked at everything differently. I try my best to shoot and process my photographs in a way that's sympathetic with the mood of my surroundings. I like my photos to be photos, not digital art.'
Like these photos? You can follow Oliver on Flickr and buy his snaps as prints here.
Blackout II was peddling vintage threads long before it became fashionable. For some 30 years, the Covent Garden store has specialised in antique apparel (largely dresses from the ’20s and ’30s) as well as more wearable men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from the ’40s through to the ’80s. The duplex store is heaving with stock, and you’ll need a great deal of rummager’s enthusiasm to prise through the stuffed rails, but incredibly knowledgeable staff, together with signs on rails indicating era, make the shopping experience a smidge easier. An ideal place to go if you’re after a specific item from a specific decade. As featured in the 100 best shops in London
Venue says: “Affordable, high-end vintage fashion.”