James Farley - Photographer
JAMES Farley accidentally fell into photography two years ago and hasn’t looked back since.
And in that short space of time his hobby has taken him all over the country on the lookout for an opportunity to get “that shot”.
The 31-year-old from Saltney Ferry, said he always had an interest in seeing other people’s work but had “never really thought about it himself”.
“One day was having a quiet moment and decided I needed a hobby of some sort, spotted a cheap DSLR camera on the internet and bought it as an impulse buy,” said James, who works as a senior operations analyst at MBNA.
“Turns out it’s quite a bit more complicated than your standard point and shoot camera, so then I began reading all I could on the subject, and getting in touch with other photographers in the area and attending workshops to broaden my skills.
“I have now got to the point where I’m always on the lookout for an opportunity to get “the shot” when out and about and have visited places all over the UK taking pictures, particular favourites include street photography in London, and Cornwall for it stunning scenery, although I am very lucky living where I do as there is also no end of opportunities in the immediate area.
“I haven’t found a genre I favour as yet, people and architecture seem to form the bulk of my work however and I enjoy going out at night to capture images as I think buildings look far better during dusk and later even. I also enjoy the post processing work afterwards, turning a standard
photograph into something with a bit more of the ‘wow’ factor.”
There isn’t one particular individual who inspires James but he said: “Since digital cameras became the norm there are literally thousands of people that post images on sites such as Flickr every day that gives me ideas and inspiration for the next shot, there is no such thing as the perfect image so you can always improve.”
He added: “I’ve now got to the point where I think it’s starting to become a viable option to take this hobby up semi-professionally at the least, I have had a few jobs here and there, but now need to start building a name and reputation up and putting all my efforts into making it a success, not least because it can soon become a very expensive hobby! I’m hoping this gallery will go some way to putting my images in front of people, and at the very least inspire people to pick up a camera also.”