A new and inspiring exhibition is coming to Oliver's this Friday, with a selection of travel photography by Ephraim Muller. And to get you excited we thought we'd give you a sneak peak! We also interviewed the artist himself, to give you some insight in to his work and his journey as a photographer.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself... where you have grown up, where you are living now and why...
A: I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and live a short walk away from your Cafe in Belsize Park! I've always taken to NW since moving to London in the early naughties. I was meant to move to London for 3 months and 14 years later I'm still here!
Q: Where and when did your passion for photography start? Are you self-taught or have you studied photography at some point?
A: I started with black and white film photography in about 2000 but it was only around 2006 when I got my first Digital SLR that I started really embracing it as a serious hobby outside of my day job. I am self taught but I have done various work shops over the years to push my skills.
Q: How would you best describe your style?
A: I guess my earlier stuff (mostly exhibited in this show) is fairly typical travel photography with probably some subconscious influences from the absurdly large amount of movies I've watched in my lifetime. In the past few years my style has continuously evolved. I've recently switched to a much smaller lightweight camera system which has been transformative in the way I shoot; especially in urban / street photography work.
Q: Which piece are you most proud of and why?
A: 2 pictures: a shot called "Whittier" which is a town in Alaska and another shot called "Where are they crows" which I shot in Baltimore. Both are the moodiest pictures in the selection and are possibly outliers to the wider series but I just love the eerie solitary atmosphere they invoke.
Q: Which destinations have been the most exciting or challenging and why? Do you have any more trips planned for 2017?
A: Hmm.. Every place is challenging in the sense that I want to capture something unique and beautiful and captivating to anyone looking at the pictures I bring home. I've seen photos from so many exceptional photographers it's now incredibly difficult to create original work. The most exciting place was probably Katmai National Park in Alaska which was teeming with wild Grizzly bears! The rangers in the Park made us watch a 15 minute dvd on what to do if confronted by an angry Mother - "clap your hands loudly and raise them high above your head to try and appear bigger than her". 2017 might be quieter here in terms of travel so I'll probably be focusing on my street photography and some seasonal projects.
The exhibition will continue throughout April and May, so please come by and have a look (and you may as well enjoy a great cup of coffee while you're at it).