Our Instagrammer in Residence project invites emerging Instagrammers from around London to experience life at the Barbican and share their photography on our social channels and also in a digital exhibition throughout the Centre.
Our April Instagrammer in Residence is Alex (@thealexx09), whose Instagram feed takes us to all four corners of the world -and back again.
We talk to him about his cinematic style and what travel really means for him.
How would you describe your style of photography?
I think there is an artistic level to my photography, as well as a unique point of view on seemingly ordinary places or situations. I come from a film background and you’ll find my style to be quite cinematic in format and essence. There is also an element of spontaneity matched with careful consideration of the elements in-frame to my photography, which I think help underline my point of view.
‘The Barbican not only appealed to me for its distinctive style but it turned into a place I would regularly visit to seek inspiration’
What inspires you about the Barbican and its neighbourhood?
The Barbican is one of the very first places I visited when I moved to London from Buenos Aires. It came as a recommendation from a couple of good friends that were very much into its art and architecture and it quickly became my second home. While intimidating from the outside, the Barbican not only appealed to me for its distinctive style but it turned into a place I would regularly visit to seek inspiration. Like an oasis in the middle of bustling London, there always seems to be something new to discover at the Barbican. Whether it’s art related or simply getting lost in the estate, running into local residents who know the place inside out or having a coffee at the lakeside terrace.
What makes a good picture?
I think a good eye makes a good picture. When you’re able to capture a moment based on what you envisioned that moment to be, to me that’s a good picture. That moment captured is your work, and as a photographer or auteur, using that point of view exposes characteristics of your style, whether they are explicit or not, that help establish a photo. I think peculiar angles coupled with the right composition can make for great photography.
‘When you’re able to capture a moment based on what you envisioned that moment to be, to me that’s a good picture’
Which one of your photos are you most proud of, and why?
This is a hard one, because some of my images are so varied that it’s difficult to talk about a specific one. Having said that, this is one of the photos I’m proudest of. I love to travel and I’m also from a place that’s very, very far away. To me this photo captures the essence of what travel is like for me: discovering new cultures and how those lead their daily lives, exploring new and unique places, and capturing fast, every day moments that are foreign to me. No one posed for this image and I find the challenge of capturing the fleeting moment too thrilling to pass up the opportunity.
‘To me this photo captures the essence of what travel is like for me: discovering new cultures and how those lead their daily lives’
Which five Instagram accounts should everyone follow?
I love travel and photography, so here is a mix that I think could definitely help spark inspiration on your IG feed:
And of course @BarbicanCentre
Follow us on Instagram @barbicancentre to see more of Alex’s photography in the coming weeks.