From London to Hong Kong, Edward Barnieh, or as he is dubbed on Snapchat “unsteadyeddie”, has been taking awe-inspiring pictures of architecture and buildings around the world, urban life, stepping on the toes of chaos and symmetry altogether. Judging by the huge number of followers he has on Instagram, Edward speaks about responsibility as an artist and creative person, knowing that each picture he produces and publishes will drive inspiration, reaching millions of people every day.
The Leica T, as fast a camera can be, was Ed’s wingman during the shoot of these urban cityscapes. It didn’t take him long to acknowledge the prestige and reputation of Leica, reason why he knew this fast piece of equipment could help him achieve his creative goals. Even though he considers himself as a serious enthusiast, he has produced a wide offering of images that talk about the boundaries of physical presence in relation to buildings, static structures and nature. Clearly, Ed explains his inspiration comes from all types of sources including fashion blogs, billboard ads and travel books.
This London-born animator and photographer excels at creating jaw-dropping, pixel perfect images. His work is thought specifically to reach masses, hence the active use of internet platforms, mainly Instagram. Seeing Hong Kong from above, and watching its urban density was Ed’s objective when shooting with the Leica T. He shares his thoughts on the experience: “This was exactly the experience I was trying to convey. You get used to it living in Hong Kong, but the idea of a city almost dropped on top of nature at a 45 degree angle is one that everyone should see. People live and work together in such small spaces on the sides of mountains and it all fits together in a beautiful way.”
Being the first time using a Leica camera, Ed observes how not only the equipment responds to his creative demands, but complements the way of approaching the subject, simply by being as subtle and noiseless as possible. “I also feel a duty to drive forward creatively, to try and break new ground and hope my audience comes with me. Every time I post a “samey” image I feel like I let someone somewhere down who was expecting better of me” Ed says when speaking about the sense of responsibility he feels when publishing his work.
As happened with Ed, the process of achieving great photography has to do with discipline and patience. Not all great photographs have to be a result of great equipment. He explains, “You need to work at it, learn how to use a camera, keep your eyes open at all times for opportunities, and sometimes you have to wait for inspiration. Only when you have done all that, does the camera you are using become important, and give you that extra edge.”
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