Artist Spotlight: Daryl Anderson
Where does your journey begin?
My photography journey began pretty much out of a lie that I told my mother. I had told her about five years ago that I was looking to start a course in photography and had signed up to it. I wanted to express myself more creatively I told her. But I hadn’t signed up to any such course and made an attempt that night to find one. Luckily enough for me there was a course starting nearby where I lived and I enrolled the next day, bought my first camera and started the course a few weeks later. Best lie I ever told and doing that course and the one after are some of the best decisions ever made. A bit of a strange beginning, but I am glad my journey began the way it did.
What has been your favourite piece of work to date?
I have worked on quite a lot of things since picking up my first camera, but my favourite piece of work has been a simple family portrait lit with flash that I took around Christmas 2018. The expressions were so true to the people in the picture and captured people that I know and love so well. It is a shot I will never forget and is my favourite above all.
How do you motivate yourself creatively?
I draw my creative motivation mostly from music and the environment around me. It’s quite hard to describe quite how my mind works, but I usually look for the intricate details in things and bring that to my work. So whatever I hear or see has a distinct impact on me and I let that process flow. I try not to force creativity, it’s in us, it will come out - if you have the right things in your space to bring it out.
Does your work hold any themes?
Part of being a photographer is trying different things. I have shot many things in including, architecture, street photography, movement but at the moment the biggest theme in my work is portraiture with a particular emphasis on colour. London is a bright and vibrant place and the people here embody those characteristics, so I love to shoot that.
What advice would you give to aspiring photographers?
I think the most important thing is learn and understand how to use your camera, intimately. A good test to know that you’ve got a good grasp is to be able to use it without looking at the buttons.
Once you have that down, learn how to work with people. Communication, reliability and honesty are the cornerstones of good relationships. Being a photographer is about taking great photos, yes, but what sets the great ones apart is the connection that they make with people. Whether that be at a wedding, stopping someone on the street for a portrait or taking shots of your children, it’s all about the feeling behind the shot, bringing joy and capturing that image as often as you can.