My Photographs – a new series.

I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on my photographs recently. While I wouldn’t want you to think I’m an egomaniac, this has admittedly felt great! I’ve been putting a lot of work into my picture taking, especially since the launch of Leighton Literature, which has made me more aware than ever of the importance of engaging images. Now, as I live and breathe the potential short stories of the future, I keep half an eye on what some people refer to as capturing the moment. 

A lack of quality photographs definitely hampered my progress in putting together my first three series, The Qatar Collection, The Slovak Files and Incidents In India. Firstly, I didn’t have a digital camera back then. Secondly, I barely gave the quality of my photos a moment’s thought. Looking back, oh how I wish I’d put a bit more effort into what I was doing and how I was doing it.

These days I find myself thinking about what I want to achieve and agonising over the right angle. There’s also a fair bit of waiting, for human traffic to clear or the light to changeI should follow this up by stating quite categorically that I am not, by any definition of the word, a photographer. Still very much a point and shoot kind of guy, I merely go with my instinct and wouldn’t have the first clue about lenses or tripods. In the same vein, I have never had a photography class and consistently neglect to take any notice of those tips articles that pop up around the web. I also have zero interest in adding effects or of trying to pass off my photos as art. Rather, I simply want to give people a feel of what I saw, as I saw it, to try and create a sense of atmosphere. 

At any rate the positive feedback got me thinking. As I continue to work on my next batch of short stories and my upcoming movie reviews, I’ve become inspired enough to create a new section of the site, My Photographs. An upcoming weekly series, each collection presents my favorite five shots from a wildcard location. With over fifteen years worth of pictures and countries to choose from, it’s been a fun and nostalgic process that provides further opportunities to share my experiences of life as an incurable globetrotter.

Leighton

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Freelance travel writer, voice over and English teacher from London. Former music and film journalist, interviewer of the stars. Passionate about travel, film, music, football, Indian food.

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