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This week's focus: Josh Edgoose

1 year ago

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Josh Edgoose is a freelance photographer based in London. In his spare time, he goes for walks with his camera and takes a mixture of candid street photographs, landscapes and street portraits. He takes over the World Photography Organisation Instagram account for the next few days, sharing his ultra sharp shots of the world with an underlying uncanny quality. 

What is it about street photography that captures your imagination?

I like that you get out of it what you put in. The more time you spend walking with your camera, the more likely you are to get a picture you’re happy with. More than anything, it's great exercise and the best way to explore a city (IMO).

Who are your creative influences?

Cinematographers Paul Donachie and Todd Campbell. Photographers such as Niall McDiarmid, Sophie Green, Greg Miller, Bobby Beasley.

How did you go about developing your personal style of street photography?

That's very kind of you to say that I have a style…I’d say it took a lot of trial and error over several years, I try to take light-hearted photographs with a sense of humour, I think it's important not to take yourself too seriously and I hope that elements of my personality come through in my photographs.

When you go out shooting, what do you look out for? 

I like to look for vibrant colours, dramatic backdrops and areas with an exciting atmosphere. I often like to photograph dog shows and other events.

What style of street photography appeals to you the most?

I like a busy (but not too busy) frame that tells a story, maybe something unusual or eye-catching. It’s always fun to inject some humour too if possible…

What impact has posting your work on Instagram had on your photography career?

I wouldn’t have a career in photography if it wasn’t for Instagram! It’s been such an essential tool for connecting with people, sharing my own photography, and discovering other people's work.

You’re the co-creator of FRAMELINES, a YouTube channel and street & documentary photography magazine. Can you tell us more about how it came together? What influenced you to create your own magazine?

Shane Taylor and I met at an exhibition in 2019. We kept in touch, occasionally bumping into each other taking street photos on Oxford Circus and near Green Park. We noticed photography on YouTube was mainly film-based, so we wanted to try and fill a gap — not only looking at digital photography but street photography. We started FRAMELINES YouTube in early 2020 and launched FRAMELINES magazine just under 2 years later. The magazine is a street and documentary publication, it's a place for us to share our own personal projects as well as the work of photographers who we have long admired. Experiencing photography in print can’t be beaten and we now ship FRAMELINES magazine all over the world.

You have published multiple photo books - what advice would you give to photographers looking to do the same?
I think the most important thing is not to rush into anything and take as much advice from others as you can. Making one-off photo books for yourself is a great way to start.

What is next for your photographic practice?

I’d like to take more street portraits, I have been approaching strangers and asking them if I can take their portraits for three to four years now and it still seems like I am very new to the practice, and it's incredibly exciting. For me, the hard part is once someone has agreed, I still get very conscious that I am taking up someone’s time and I would like to get better and continue to build up a larger body of photographs.

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