About Simon Hadleigh-Sparks
London based amateur drawing inspiration from the city. An eye for clean lines, architectural design and subtle incorporation of human elements give my images a uniqueness. Self-taught and still learning, my ambition is to get better and prove myself as ‘not bad’ with a ‘not ordinary’ style. I want my photos to stand out, be different, looked at and hopefully liked. I continue to develop my ideas, sometimes extreme. My images draw your attention, they need to stand out in a world where anyone can take a picture. I have a mixture of styles but currently lean towards urban and modern architecture. Especially abstract architecture, symmetry, extreme contrasts and reflected imagery. Positive comments from followers encourage me to develop and experiment further, people like the weird the different and I develop on that. In the early days, I was torn between ‘straight out of the camera’ photography or processed, I would love to have the perfect image ‘SOOTC’ but that is not me and not what I am known for. My photographs are my vision and I am now at a point in my life where I can express myself through this medium. I never thought I was good at anything but after a number of awards, I must be doing something right! I am 44 and am suddenly getting good at something and that is a bit odd when all around me it is only the young that are encouraged, supported and given opportunities to further themselves. Some purists don’t approve but my photo manipulations merely turn possibilities into reality. I view the world differently. Living in London I developed a love of buildings and architecture. One article wrote that I was a digital artist - re-imagining the look of the city. Digital transformation of the city is at the heart of my more abstract photography, my images radically twist and contort the steel and glass buildings into striking abstract forms. I enter photographic competitions to develop ideas and skills. People may like my work or hate it but you still looked.
Professional roles: None of the above
Location: United Kingdom