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Airbnb Trips Workshop - Day 3 Shoreditch, London
30th November 2016
Day 3 of 3 Airbnb street photography workshops. Street portrait in shadows & light.


© Linda Wisdom 2016

Shoreditch, London

For more info on my 3-day London workshops, please visit my official Airbnb trips page: http://bit.ly/2ge87ak
Airbnb Trips Workshop - Day 2 Soho, London
29th November 2016
Day 2 of 3 Airbnb street photography workshops. Black Friday sales day.


© Linda Wisdom 2016

Soho, London

For more info on my 3-day London workshops, please visit my official Airbnb trips page: http://bit.ly/2ge87ak
Airbnb Trips Workshop - Day 1 Portobello Road
28th November 2016
Day 1 of 3 Airbnb street photography workshops. We got lucky with some afternoon sun and light play shots.


© Linda Wisdom 2016


Taken in Portobello Road Market - Notting Hill, London

For more info on my 3 day London workshops, please visit my official Airbnb trips page: http://bit.ly/2ge87ak
Blackout in London's Soho on Black Friday
26th November 2016
Blackout in London's Soho on Black Friday


© Linda Wisdom

Piccadilly Circus advertising boards lights out during power cut tonight! Other affected areas included Soho, Chinatown, & most of West End London.
I am an official AirBnB Trip Host - London street photography
21st November 2016
I am pleased to announce that I am now an official AirBnB Trip Experience Host! :-) This basically means I get to do what I already love to do - street photography! I have already started hosting these workshop experiences around my favourite locations of London for guests and they have gone very well!



With my AirBnB photography experience entitled 'Always Look Twice' you’ll explore some of the the best spots in London for street photography and urban landscapes. I'll show you how to get the best out of your camera, boost your confidence photographing strangers, help you improve your compositions and guide you to seek out creative images!

AirBnB asked me back in August to be one of the pioneer city hosts for their new feature called 'Experiences' which went live last Thursday after a keynote by the CEO from L.A.


Taken on a recent workshop experience in Notting Hill © Fenglin Liao

If you are interested in booking my London 3 day trip experience, you can do so via my AirBnB page. All available dates are listed December 2016 through to April 2017.

You can check it AirBnB's exciting new experience and places feature here or download & access it via the AirBnB app.
Seen on Portobello Road - Let sleeping dogs lay
16th November 2016
Seen in Portobello Road / Notting Hill, London
Seen near Brick Lane, London - cheeky street cat
14th November 2016

Brick Lane, London
Seen at Columbia Road Flower Market, London
13th November 2016


Today marks the end of another successfully completed 3-day street photography workshop, with a small group of international travellers into London. We had a fun last day roaming around Brick Lane, Shoreditch and finally ending in the busy Columbia Road Flower Market where this photo was taken.

I will blog post a few more pics taken during the workshop in the coming days!
1-2-1 Street Photography Tuition review
07th November 2016

© Sam Rodgers


I had a fun full-day workshop teaching a lovely chap called Sam on the weekend. Sam got in touch recently, interested in getting some tuition to help him with his street photography. His main goal was to build his confidence in getting closer to people and develop his composition. I was more than happy to oblige.

We started the day at The Photographers Gallery cafe for a more in-depth pre-walk chat on Sam's goals, some theory and techniques to help him master his fear of shooting strangers at close range. We then set out on a photo walk around the streets of central London, guiding him along the way.

It was a very productive day, especially seeing Sam's confidence increase in leaps & bounds. To watch him get closer and closer to his subjects, without fear or hesitation through the advice and techniques I taught him was very rewarding indeed! Read Sam's review below...

Linda is a great teacher, an inspiring photographer and great fun to spend time wandering London with. I was lucky enough to have a full day’s tuition with her. She was brilliant at listening to the areas that I find difficult and structured her tuition and the day to overcoming these. My main issue was a fear of being seen, and specifically of getting close to / in front of subjects as I photographed them. She shared some really useful strategies to overcome these, and was great at giving me the support I needed to implement them on the street. I finished the day feeling that I had grown as a photographer, feeling more confident and spotting opportunities for photos that would previously have passed me by.

Check out Sam's Flickr page for more of his great street photography.


© Sam Rodgers
Street Photography Workshop Student Review
05th November 2016

© Mark Olsen 2016

Recent workshop review from a student who visited from the States...

Linda was a wonderful guide and a great teacher; she was very receptive to what I wanted to get out of the course and tailored the material to accommodate. She's got a wealth of knowledge to tap in to; tips from how to use your camera, how to spot interesting scenes before they're taking place, to dealing with ways of capturing intimate moments without being invasive. The trip description was very accurate; Linda will show you around some cute neighbourhoods in London and ask you to take pictures along the way. Linda knows her stuff! I come from a photography background and still came away with a number of great pointers. She's also very personable, easy to talk to, and clearly has a passion for street photography.
Mark From Indianapolis, IN · October 2016

1-2-1 & Group Street Photography Workshops in London
  • Do you want to conquer your fear of shooting strangers in public?
  • Do you want to up your composition game to the next level?
  • Do you want to develop your skills of observation and learn the art of story telling through photos?

    I can customise a beginner or intermediate workshop just for you and help you get the street photography shots you aspire to!

    Get in touch to book a date!
Seen in Leicester Square - Street Photography Workshop
04th November 2016


Seen in Leicester Square, London during a street photography workshop.
London Photo Tours - Street Photography
01st November 2016


Was super excited to host a 4-hour London photo tour with a visitor from Ohio, USA called Abe recently. As a Londoner myself, I admit I do sometimes take this great city for granted, as probably a lot of us do with our busy lives and all. During a hectic, working week, where you just want to get from A to B in the fastest time possible, its all to easy to forget we live in one of the greatest cities in the world!

As a London street photographer and workshop tutor and photo tour host to visitors into London, I not only get to pursue my passion (including a free cardio workout!), I get to explore all my favourite London locations, and also some areas in London I would perhaps not think about visiting. That is until I start mapping out personalised routes for my photo tours and workshop guests. In doing so, I occasionally discover a cool new place I have never been before or find a new perspective on an old haunt , which re-ignites my love for photographing London life.




My American guest Abe was great to hang out with. He was just getting into his new found passion for street photography, and wanted someone like myself to give him not only a tour of London and its famous locations, but also offer him some of my street photography tips along the way.

I had put together a rough plan of where we would go, based on what Abe was interested in checking out, but we decided it was way cooler to go with the flow and venture a bit off the scheduled route. We ended up hanging out in the newly renovated Kings Cross open spaces around the train station like Granary Square, Regents Canal, Pancras Square. After that we hoped on the tube to central London and explored Soho, Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, then walked down to Westminster to check out locations around Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye & finally Southbank where we ended the tour 4 hours later.



Before we started the photo tour, Abe was kind enough to give me little inside tour of the beautiful interior design of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, where he is staying with his wife. At the end of the photo tour, Abe invited me to join them both for a drink & food back at this architecturally stunning hotel which was really nice and a weight off our feet! Thank you for the positive review and for returning the hospitality!
Happy Halloween 2016 - Seen in Soho, London
31st October 2016


Happy Halloween Day 2016 - Seen in Soho, London.
Portobello Road, Notting Hill selfie
17th October 2016

A West London selfie taken during a photo walk through Portobello Road, Notting Hill Gate, London.
Filming in London for new project coming soon
12th October 2016


A looong but fun day filming around Portobello Road, Notting Hill, Soho, Chinatown and Shoreditch, London for a new photography project coming soon! :-)
Inside peek at Amateur Photographer magazine feature
06th October 2016


So, I managed to get my hands on a hard copy of Amateur Photographer magazine and I'm very pleased with what they did with the layout of my double-page feature in this special street photography edition! If you're a beginner or seasoned street tog, and looking for some creative inspiration and pro tips this is the issue to get!

Amateur Photographer is also available to purchase in digital and print versions via their website.
Day 3 of 3 street photography workshops - Shoreditch, London
01st October 2016
Day 3 of 3 street photography workshops - Shoreditch, London

Day 2 of 3 street photography workshops - Soho, London
30th September 2016
Day 2 of 3 street photography workshops - Soho, London

Day 1 of 3 street photography workshops - Notting Hill Gate, London
29th September 2016
Day 1 of 3 street photography workshops - Notting Hill Gate, London

Amateur Photographer magazine street photography feature
27th September 2016
I'm very pleased to announce that I have a two-page spread inside the latest special Street Photography edition of Amateur Photographer magazine. I offer some top tips for achieving great candid shots and street portraits, along with selection of some of my favourite taken images. Out now to download as a digital version or as a printed magazine!

Paris street photography - Palais Royal
24th September 2016

Palais Royal, Paris

Out on a wet and windy evening in Paris with a couple other photographers, I embraced the rain! Paris is a very beautiful city to photograph, come rain or shine and discovering new locations, learning new historical info from my Parisian companions was actually was quite enjoyable... apart from my non water-proof sneakers which got soaked! After walking approx. 3.5km into the Paris night from Palais Royal and ending in Faubourg Saint Denis, a nice meal and a glass or two of vin blanc at a cool bistro was well and truly welcome!
Pigalle Paris - night photography
23rd September 2016

Pigalle, Paris
Raining in Paris - view from my window
22nd September 2016

Montmartre, Paris

When I checked the weather forecast for my stay in Paris last week, and just saw predicted cloud and rain, I was half feeling a bit 'meh' about it, especially knowing I was leaving behind 30C sunshine in London! At the same time I was also quite excited about photography potential of getting my rainy/umbrella shots, but it all worked out in the end.

I took this shot from my apartment window one rainy early morning after breakfast. The light was quite moody and liked the silhouetted pedestrians, holding umbrellas as they walked up this street.
Pigalle Paris street photography
20th September 2016

Pigalle, Paris | 2016

Paris’ Pigalle is an epicenter of debauchery with door to door sex shops, peep shows, strip clubs, cabarets, and many other, unpublishable X-rated adventures on the main boulevards. In terms of seediness, Pigalle might take the cake. Very touristy though because of Moulin Rouge windmill.

I scouted Pigalle during the day and then I went back there under the cover of darkess with my camera, as I saw some potential photo wise, esp. with all the neon signs & lights etc. There were many of these narrow, quiet, side passage hotels in the area just like this one I thought were cool to photograph. I was thinking I could never live in this area, never mind stay in a hotel here just for a few days.

As I was getting some shots, I heard the voices of some little kids talking behind me. The older sis said 'Excusez-moi' and I let them pass. I guessed they were brother and sister. As I took some shots, I wondered where they were going hand in hand, alone in this sleazy part of town, and why they kept looking back. But it wasn't me they were looking at....

A few seconds later, I heard another adult female voice 'Excusez-moi' it was their mother, carrying some heavy bags I let her pass by. I remember as she did, her starring at me for a few seconds. I couldn't tell if it was a look of despair, uneasiness and/or sadness but I realised as the kids walked into the hotel, that is where they all lived.
Back from my travels to Paris
19th September 2016


Well, I'm back from my short 4 day stay in paris today. Booo! But wow, what a trip it was. The last time I was over there was in 2013 when I was invited over to hang out with John Free's Paris street photography workshop group.

This time around, I went solo and had a schedule of places I wanted to check out, mostly off the beaten tourist path. It was September and extremely busy in parts, so even more challenging photo wise. I also met up with some Parisian friends and explored some very interesting Paris locations I had never been before. Paris has so many amazing spots for street and urban photography. I will need to return very soon!

I haven't had a real chance to go through my photos as yet, but I will start to upload some of my favourites from my trip over the coming few days! Stay tuned. Au revoir! 😀
Crack o' dawn over Maida Vale London
09th September 2016


Crack o' dawn view of Maida Vale, London from my window. I went back to bed afterwards as I can't remember why I was up so early!? :-)
J'aime Paris
07th September 2016


I am quite excited to be re-visiting Paris this month. Its hard not to love the city and get totally absorbed in the sights and sounds, culture, architecture and old tradition. I will hopefully be exploring some new areas and meeting some street photographer friends while I am there. I'll of course be taking my digital cameras with me just incase, though still deciding whether to take my haunted Minolta film camera or not!

Either way, I have been working far too hard and am need of a little mini break. Paris after all, is just a skip and a hop (well sorta) on the Eurostar train from London, so escaping to Europe is relatively easy!
Happy World Photography Day
19th August 2016
Happy World Photo Day! An international event held on August 19th that embraces a passion for photography and it's ability to inspire communities.


Southbank, London
Cornwall on film - black and white photography
14th August 2016


I found some old black & white film scans from a holiday to St. Ives, Cornwall 2012. Shot on, a Minolta camera I purchased off Ebay. The seller gave me a back story and said the camera was originally owned by a deceased Cuban lady. I've taken it on my travels around the world. It did play up a few times and ruined some rolls of film or gave me double exposures, etc. I always thought to myself, I bet that Cuban lady either doesn't want me to use it or she's playing pranks on me from beyond!! Perhaps not, just an old, well travelled film camera with its quirky flaws....!

I'll post a few more scans from my trip to Cornwall in another blog post.
Rubber ducky seen in the urban jungles of Westbourne Park
11th August 2016


Rubber ducky seen in the urban jungles of Westbourne Park, London
Seen in Lisbon - Travel Street Photography
09th August 2016


A bit of Tuesday street photo geometry for ya!
Taken in Lisbon, Portugal
Buy 1 Get 1 Free offer on wall art prints
04th August 2016


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Norwegian Air inflight magazine - British Photographers mention
01st August 2016
I got a mention in the August edition of N By Norwegian, the inflight magazine for Norwegian Air, who got in touch a few weeks ago to say I was recommended as one of the best leading British street photographers, by the featured Italian photographer Lorenzo Grifantini.😊 ✈️ 📷



With thanks to Lorenzo, who's wonderful Italian beach life series of photographs are featured in this issue along with interview with him. Check it out on pages 69-75.
An Ideal for Living: photography Exhibition at Beetles + Huxley gallery
30th July 2016
Check out the new An Ideal for Living exhibition at Huxley + Beetles gallery in Mayfair, London. The exhibition opened on 27 July and will continue to run until 17 September 2016. I'm planning to go see it over the weekend.

I created a We Shoot People Meetup event including a gallery visit plus a street photo walk around central London afterwards if you wish to join us.



"An Ideal for Living is an exhibition about how photographers have perceived class, culture and identity in modern Britain. Drawing on the work of 29 diverse photographers, it considers how photographing Britain has contributed to the creation of a collective national identity. The exhibition shows the variety and creativity with which photographers have sought to document what they consider to be a particularly British way of life from the 1920s to now.

The exhibition opens with photographs of British life in the interwar period. Photographs by Emil Otto Hoppé, Bill Brandt and Henri Cartier-Bresson show the early preoccupation with documenting the British class system. Brandt's landmark photobook, The English at Home (1936), cast a satirical look over social divides and notions of English propriety. The publication would go on to become a benchmark for photographers seeking to comment on the idiosyncrasies of the British class system as it has developed and subdivided through the course of the last century."


Beetles + Huxley is situated at 3-5 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DE (closest tube stations Piccadilly or Green park)
Seen in Shoreditch, London - street photography
28th July 2016


I was out today testing out a new selfie stick I had delivered this morning, (a long story, don't ask!). Anyway, as I was walking around the Shoreditch area looking for some cool locations, when I spotted this interesting window scene. I had my Panasonic and Sony cameras in my bag, but didn't want to miss the moment. So I unwittingly got away with taking the shot with my 'iPhone on a stick' without being noticed. I guess she just thought I was just another visitor to the area, taking selfies! :P Seen in Shoreditch, London - street photography
Seen on Whitby Street E1
25th July 2016


Seen on Whitby Street, London E1 during a Brick Lane / Shoreditch photo walk on Sunday.
Seen near Brick Lane, London
24th July 2016


Seen near Brick Lane, London today during a photo walk with my photography Meetup group We Shoot People. As you may already know I am a huge Prince fan. So walking down a random street and discovering a street art tribute piece dedicated to Prince was a stroke of fate :)
Full day street photography workshop
22nd July 2016


This week I had another 1-2-1 street photography workshop booked with a student who contacted me a couple months ago. Laudo advised that he was pretty open to learning new things, such as making better creative photos, improve his compositions and thus making stronger photos, but his main concern was that he was a bit scared about getting too close to subjects in order to get a good shot. The result is that he would end up just getting shots of back's of heads or just play things too safe which left him a bit frustrated with his images.



So we scheduled a full day workshop in central London. We met in the very cool chilled out space inside the Holborn hotel where he was staying and with my personalised notes & example images on my iPad took him through some basic theory on content, composition, some camera techniques and a bit about psychology (like body language), that may help him get closer and shoot with less fear. We then hit the streets to continue the workshop.

Laudo was using a Sony RX100 III, which is a very small, portable but high quality camera, and ideal for street photography. When I first meet with a student, I like to observe his or her initial way of shooting, style and technique as everyone has a different approach. I can then highlight anything I can see to help improve their success right. I could see that he was quite hesitant when he saw a street photo opportunity, so I encouraged him on many occasions to take the shot without thinking too long, and/or I would take the shot myself without issue, so he could change his negative fear to positive productivity. Also, when he was using his flip screen, he was using the widest default range so everything looked too far away, which would end up with him having to crop to enlarge the image later and possibly diminish the overall quality and the original frame.



As the workshop went on, and guiding him through some of the techniques I was teaching him, I would encourage him to get a bit closer and think about his compositions more, instead of the 'shoot n' run' technique he was using before which wasn't doing him any good.

I took him through many different styles of street from street portraits, decisive moments, to geometrical, light-play creative style shots so he had a variety of shots to take away with him and learn from. By the mid to end of the workshop, I was joking with him without him realising that he had gone from 'I'm afraid to get too close' to actually almost being in people's faces with his camera which he didn't even realise he was doing! He was so busy focusing on trying to perfect his photos in camera as I taught him, that I could see that he almost forgot to be afraid more times than not!

Baring in mind, it was the second hottest day of the year, we had lunch and about 5-6 rehydration breaks! Still we managed to wander around most of Holborn, Covent Garden, Soho, Chinatown, Leicester Square, Mayfair and finally Carnaby Street. Just as well both our camera batteries had drained and we were also physically exhausted from walking several miles all day in the hot London sun!

As we said our goodbyes, Laudo thanked me and said he was extremely happy with the many photographs he had taken, that he had learnt a lot from spending the day walking around with me and that he felt a lot more confident than he did before the workshop. An extremely fun and productive day overall!
Prints recently sold on Etsy...
18th July 2016
A few recently sold photography prints from my online Etsy shop.

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Raining Outside My Window Pt II
11th July 2016


Another shot taken from my apartment window on a rainy day in London.

I am a great admirer of past masters W. Eugene Smith and Saul Leiter who both inspired this series of photos about life outside my window.

Between 1957 and 1965 W. Eugene Smith made approximately 40,000 exposures both inside the loft building at 821 Sixth Avenue, of the nocturnal jazz scene, and of the street below as seen through his fourth-floor window. This classic body of work, is from a series entitled "As From My Window I Sometimes Glance".

Saul Leiter was a prolific painter and photographer from Pittsburgh USA. A true master and some consider a pioneer of film based colour photography in the 1940s and 1950's, and remains a true inspiration for me. I highly recommend a feature documentary about Saul, called "In No Great Hurry" if you have yet to watch it.

Available as a fine art print.
Raining Outside My Window Pt I
11th July 2016


Taken from my apartment window. When I don't fancy going out in the rain to get some street shots, having a room with a view definitely has its perks!

Available as a fine art print.
Seen in Westbourne Park, London
08th July 2016


I think the newspaper hat was for protection from the rain... and not bird poop.
Pride in London 2016 - Street Photography London
25th June 2016










Attended the Pride in London 2016 event this afternoon in central London with my We Shoot People photography Meetup. The sun was out and there was a massive turn out to celebrate diversity in London. The Pride Parade made its route from Oxford Street, down Regent Street, through Piccadilly and ended in Whitehall. Always a great event for photo opps.
Brick Lane street photography Walk - We Shoot People Group
19th June 2016






Just back from a great photo walk event around Brick Lane, with my street photography group We Shoot People. It was cool to see lots of new faces and of course the regulars who attended today. See some of their cool photos here. I noticed it was slightly quieter than usual for a Sunday, maybe because folks were out about celebrating Fathers Day. Made it a bit easier to get some clean compositional street shots! Here are a few pics I took earlier today.

Next event up is our Camden photo walk on 25th June 2016!
Street Photography Walks coming up - June 2016
12th June 2016


Having a crazy busy month already, but wanting to fit in some street photography walks for June with the Meetup group We Shoot People. Want to come along?

Upcoming weekend walks:
19th June - Brick Lane / Shoreditch
25th June - Pride In London/Parade

Will try and get 1 or 2 mid-week evening events too if I can squeeze them in!

If you are not already a member, its simple to sign up to the Meetup group. Once you are approved as a member, you may RSVP to reserve your spot on an event you wish to attend space permitting. Then get notified about future events via email as they get added if you wish.

The group is for beginner and intermediate street photographers alike. Meet fellow street shooters, swap tips & ideas, have fun, and have a social photo walk around town within a friendly group!
Seen in Leicester Square - London Street Photography
11th June 2016


Seen in Leicester Square - London Street Photography.
Donating photographs to animal care shelter
08th June 2016




Humane Society of Johnson County an animal care shelter in Indiana contacted me in regard to donating a pic for a fundraising event. Of course I said yes, and have donated these two pics; a signed 8x12" of the man & dog one taken in Portobello Road market, Notting Hill Gate, and a 8x8" square print of the cat in window one taken near Shoreditch. :-)

They are hosting a fundraising event in July and will offer these photos as part of their silent or live auction. The theme is Art Unleashed: Through Their Eyes and is being held at a local winery, Mallow Run Winery.

‪#‎animallivesmatter‬ ‪#‎animals‬ ‪#‎cats‬ ‪#‎dogs‬
Barbershop abstract - Soho, London
01st June 2016

Some late night, barbershop abstract action, taken in Soho, London.