The photographer: 'I’m originally from New Zealand and have been living in London for the last 14 years. I work as a senior artworker at a brand marketing company. My interest in photography started two years ago when I decided to stop drinking. I set myself a challenge of taking one photo a day to give me something to focus on and help stay sober. I soon re-discovered London and started exploring parts of it I had never seen or been to before, taking photos as I went along. I’m totally self-taught, having learnt everything through trial and error.'
The setup: 'I started out with an Olympus PEN PL-1 to teach myself the basics of shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Last November I got my first proper DSLR: a Nikon D7000 and have recently bought a Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100, which is small enough to carry everywhere. I shoot everything in RAW and use Photoshop CC for editing.'
The work: 'I also set myself different challenges to do. In the past they've included shooting all the remaining abandoned tube stations, walking and cycling sections of the Thames path (so far covering Molesey all the way to the Thames Barrier) and visiting every station on the Underground. Since September last year I’ve been working my way around the London Outer Orbital Path from Erith to Harold Wood and aside from getting some of my favourite shots, I’ve also discovered some amazing parts of London I never knew existed.'
Love these photos? Find more from Mike on his Flickr.