Urban photography: introducing Prettynegatives
For our second Medium post we’ve spent time with the talented Prettynegatives, an Edinburgh based photographer who’s also studying Medicine. Prettynegatives is originally from Singapore, and through her unique perspective we learnt to discover her home town and various cities in the UK. She has been one of the earliest adopters on Townske and is currently one of the most popular publisher on the Townske iPhone app. In this interview Prettynegatives shares some great behind the scene tips on how to get started with urban photography photography.
Tell us about yourself. Where are you spending your time at the moment?
Hello! I’m 19, living in Edinburgh and currently studying Medicine at University. I love architectural shots (as most of you who follow me on Instagram will know), but recently started dabbling with portraits. I take photos of literally anything and everything. I got into photography seriously about 1.5 years ago and I haven’t looked back since.
Where are you based?
3/4 UK, 1/4 Singapore.
If there was one thing you couldn’t live without, what would it be?
I’d say my phone (typical I know), but without it I wouldn’t be able to connect and keep in touch with family and friends back home. As cliched as it sounds, it really helps to be able to contact your friends 24/7 who will be there if and when you need someone. Also, iPhone camera saves lives.
Why do you take photos?
I take photos because I like to show people things through my eyes. Everyone sees things differently, and I love to show how I see things. It captures a moment that once gone, is gone forever. I love that I remember the exact moment a photo was taken, what I was doing, and it is something to look back on.
I’ll also leave it out there that editing is seriously therapeutic.
What kind of camera gear do you use and what’s your favourite lens?
I use the Canon 70D and… Do I really have to pick a favourite? Right now, I’ll go for my 50mm f/1.8.. It creates amazing bokeh, and I have been really into street photography lately so it really helps with my experimenting. Oh, I also use my iPhone 6, which is great for taking, editing and posting on the go.
What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
I wish I knew how to angle and compose my shots! I cannot emphasise how important it is. I’m a huge fan of the ‘rule of thirds’ and symmetry. I definitely cringe when I look at my old photos.
Where have you just been and how has it changed you?
I’ve been in away from home for a good 3 months now, and I really miss it but I’ve been given the invaluable opportunity to study overseas. I’ve just recently been to Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland, and I fell love with it. I came back with shots of architecture (internal and external), which is very different from the architecture here in Edinburgh. It’s a good mix of modern and old, but they co-exist beautifully. The scenery in Glasgow is quite different, and it really challenged me as I edited my shots. I have got newfound respect for the photographers who can make photos of every place they have been to blend in seamlessly with their feed.
Where do you want to travel next and why?
I would love to travel the UK and Europe throughout my time at University. I haven’t decided where next, but I think it will be somewhere close by before I fly back home for winter break. On my list at the moment would be — Glasgow (again), the Isle of Skye, Glencoe & the Highlands and Sweden.
What does Townske mean to you?
Townske is a platform for me to share the places I’ve explored, and also to find new places to explore, be it locally or overseas. Do check out my page, as I have more in store!
I’ve been very honoured and proud to be one of the first publishers on Townske, and the lovely team have given me numerable opportunities to get involved with the app — from being one of the first to ever hear about Townske, to publishing my first guide and getting featured on their Instagram, to testing out the app, and now getting featured! (Carole if you’re reading, you’ve become like a friend to me!)
Right now, I could not be more proud of where Townske is at the moment. I’m so excited to see what the future holds as Townske continues to grow and grow.
If you could tell the world something what would it be?
I’d say don’t try too hard to fit in. It’s easy to say, hard to follow. I myself am guilty of that. I’ve learnt to do what makes me happy. Just make sure you live your life the way you want to, don’t live with regrets.
Find all the guides published by Prettynegatives at Townske.com/prettynegatives