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Featured #5: Simon King

Today in Featured: Simon King. He’s been featured on the Leica Blog and was recently interviewed by Creative Londoners. Enjoy!

1) Can you tell a bit about your background (as a photographer)?

‘I started photography in University – rather, I started taking pictures in University, as part of projects and to document my life there. It was a while after that that I began to “practice photography” and still some time after that until I was comfortable working professionally. My photographs of my friends represent some great memories, and if it weren’t for those I likely wouldn’t feel comfortable photographing people at all, as an introvert, and would have ended up shooting landscapes, or perhaps not at all. From here I started in fashion and from there found clients ranging from corporate, to journalistic, to food, to cosplayers.’

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2) How did you get into the Leica system?

‘I decided on the Leica M system after reading a lot about the history and significance of the rangefinder, and the friendly, approachable retro styling of the cameras themselves. After trying one out in a shop and deciding that it was not for me I returned to using my Sony RX1R for around three more months until I went back, tried it out again, and bought it, a 35mm Summicron, and a 50mm Collapsible.’

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3) Which camera and lenses do you have? 

‘Since then I have chopped and changed lenses, camera bodies, and shooting styles until settling on what I am currently very comfortable with – which is day-to-day the M240 usually with Zeiss C Sonnar 50mm f/1.5, Zeiss 21mm 2.8, or Leica 90mm APO. I also have some vintage Russian rangefinder lenses which I use on my film CL, and the Noctilux which used to be my primary lens, and which I look forward to returning to in the winter. Joeri has asked me for a list of cameras I worked my way through before settling on my current setup, and I am happy to oblige as far as my memory will allow:

Sony Nex-7, Sony RX1R, Fujifilm X100t, Fujifilm X-Pro 1, Pentax K3ii, Olympus OMD EM5ii, Olympus EM1, Sony A7, Sony RX100iv, Canon EOS M, Leica M8, Leica M9-P, Sony A7Rii.’

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4) What kind of pictures do you take and why?

‘Although I photograph a lot of things for a lot of clients my personal work will always be street and documentary – with the occasional emphasis on personal documentary. I enjoy finding light first and waiting for people to enter a scene, or looking for things that are out of the ordinary or which catch my eye. I have so many images that I would never show anyone for their photographic poorness, but which for me represent something that interested me at the time.’

‘You can follow my work on Instagram (www.instagram.com/simonking_v), which I try and keep as up to date as possible. I also link through to my website in my bio. Recently I started keeping a blog of my thoughts and day to day work, which you can read at streetdances.wordpress.com.’

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