One of my favourite features on City Mom was the Fabulous Female Friday series. I love to highlight the skills and talents of the people I respect most. The FFF feature limited me to focusing on only females.
Hence Fabulous Londoners was born. This feature allows me to include males and allows me to get back to my roots of promoting London and all it has to offer.
Today I’m featuring the talented David Redding.
You’ve likely noticed that City Mom has been revamped and that is in large part thanks to David. He’s the man behind the camera of the amazing photos I feature on City Mom and social media profile photos.
Please join me in getting to know David and his work.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Why is it that talking about yourself is always the hardest thing to do? I guess the two things that truly define who I am are my family and my photography, outside of that there really isn’t much to me.
What is The Real London Project?
The Real London is a personal portrait project I have started to help introduce Londoners to the local art community.
I was always under the impression that if you wanted to find great artists you had to look to Toronto or further. Boy was I wrong.
What motivated you to begin the project?
I would like to say that I had a grand design at the beginning of this project, but really it started over coffee with a friend.
I originally had the intention of The Real London being a street portrait project, but when I set out to find subjects I just didn’t feel “it”. Later on I got together with a friend and fellow photographer Echo Gardiner and it was she who first suggested that I focus on the artist community in London.
At first I was hesitant because like a lot of Londoners, I didn’t think there was an artist community in London. I knew of a few photographers, the London Art Museum and the Grand Theatre, but I was always under the impression that if you wanted to find great artists you had to look to Toronto or further. Boy was I wrong.
What do you hope to accomplish with The Real London project?
Like I was saying, I was under the impression that London was void of any real artistic talent. Just like the movie industry, there are a lot of Canadian actors but to find the well-known ones you have to head to Hollywood. After starting this project and meeting so many great creative’s, I wanted to help spread the word to the rest of the Londoners who are under the same impressions I was.
On every post on the project page I make sure to include links to all the artists websites or social media outlets. I want people to click away from my page and learn more about our community’s artists.
How do you select the artists that you feature?
Sometimes people will recommend an artist to me. Other times I’ll hear about a person through Twitter, Facebook or news channels. I’m generally always on the lookout for a new artist to feature.
When this project started I would feature anyone with an artistic talent. Now I’m trying to focus more on the professional creative or those that are trying to go full-time. I’m not trying to take anything away from those that do their art as a hobby, there are some amazing amateur photographers, painters, singers and so on, but there is just something about those that choose to make their whole life about their art. It takes love, commitment and a lot of hard work. I think that hard work deserves to be highlighted.
When did you begin working with cameras?
Roughly six or seven years ago; I bought my first camera a little after my oldest son was born, a little Canon point and shoot camera. It was basically a gateway drug into my number one obsession in life.
What other types of photography do you do?
I’m a wedding photographer. Not too long ago that carried a stigma of being the bottom of the barrel in the photography industry, but I wear the badge proudly.
Thanks to some amazing photographers like Jeff Ascough, Jose Villa, Ben Chrisman, Eric Clausen and many others, wedding photography is getting the respect of the industry. Really though, wedding photography suits me very well. I love shooting a lot of different things. Street photography, creative portraits, fashion, I shoot all of this on my off time personally for fun and wedding photography has aspects of all those styles wrapped into one emotionally charged day.
What advice would you give to those wanting to take up photography as a hobby or profession?
My advice would be to not ask me for advice (lol). However one of my favorite photographers is Chase Jarvis and he recently posted 10 Things Every Creative Person (That’s YOU) Must Learn. If you are an aspiring photographer I believe this is a MUST read.
What is the last song you listened to on your iPod?
Olive Hearts by Bowerbirds
What is the last book you read?
I can’t remember the last book that I finished, but I’m in the middle of Beyond
Exile: Day by Day Armageddon by J. L. Bourne…yes, I’m obsessed with zombies.
Thank you to David for the inspiration behind the new City Mom look and for the snapshot (no pun intended) into his life.
Find David at the following locations: