In the series, ‘Lobster Photographers’ Stories’, we can get an insight into the lives of our different photographers from around the world.
This week we are sharing the story of lifestyle blogger Angela Bowron, from The Awkward Blog, and how photography has had an impact on her career.
My name is Angela and I write The Awkward Blog, a London based lifestyle blog. I grew up in the Far East and settled in London for uni in 2001- I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else! I was always trying to capture life through a lens since I was a teenager- mostly of sunsets. You can’t beat a South-East Asian sunset! Taking photos in London was just a natural progression from that.
My Dad is English and my Mum is Malaysian- I grew up mostly in Brunei, in Borneo, and for a while in Kuala Lumpur, as that was where my Dad was based for work. I loved living in Asia but when I turned 18, it was time for me to go to university. I chose a London based university, and have been here ever since.
Photography is part of my profession; blogging is very visual and having an amazing photo supporting your words can make all the difference. I love seeing how my photography has progressed since my first blog post! I would definitely not call myself a professional photographer however! My sister is, and her work is stunning. I definitely have so much more to learn.
I shoot lifestyle mainly; I just try to shoot what’s happening around me. When I snap away, I’m trying to capture the mood and setting without it feeling contrived. Lifestyle blogging can encompass so many things; fashion, food, landscapes…I’ve learnt that natural light is your best friend and the composition of a good food shot can really make all the difference!
Taking photos is something that has always been a part of my life. I think it was my Dad’s influence that got my sister and I interested in it. I have countless photos of sunsets and pets that I took growing up! I always had a camera with me as I got older, taking photos of my friends, and I remember how fun it was waiting for the pictures to get developed. I picked it up again when I got more serious about blogging and my sister continues to inspire me to take it further.
Taiping Bike hike:
I snapped this a few years ago, before I started blogging. My now husband and I were on holiday in Malaysia and stayed a few days in my Mum’s home town of Taiping. It’s a small town overlooked by green mountains and big banyan trees. We took some bikes out for a few hours one day and whilst we took a rest in the middle of nowhere, I snapped this of my husband. It’s still one of my favourite photos.
This was just an iPhone capture, but I adore it. I just loved the textures and colours of the wall and made my friend stand in front of it after dinner one evening, in Brixton market. I tend to have my phone on me more often than my camera, and I find that my favourite photos are usually ones I’ve taken on the go, by chance, just a brief moment in time.
In 5 years’ time, I will most probably still be in London, but hopefully with better camera taking skills! I hope that I will still be blogging and documenting my life through a lens of some sort.
“I’ve seen Instagram evolve from snapshots, into galleries.”
Thanks to social media, everything is in real time now. I can snap and upload a photo of a flower vase or my breakfast and it will be on my Instagram account in seconds- it’s driven our expectations up and I feel like we want everything now, now, now! I’ve seen Instagram evolve very quickly into a platform from snapshots of the ordinary into galleries for some accounts. I’ve recently fallen in love with an account called “Symmetry Breakfast” and it’s such a simple concept but it leaves you wanting more! If you have a niche, it can turn your hobby or skill into something you could potentially create a business from. I love it, it’s creative, crazy and cool!
I’ve had brands reach out to me about creating Instagrams with their products; it’s not something new, but I really do think it has a huge potential for the landscape of social media.