Words Audley Jarvis Pictures Drew Gardner

Drew Gardner's brand of photography anyone can do creative, or even epic, can be hard to pin down. While some of regardless of their budget and equipment, his work focuses on the humorous, quirky, 'Photography is so easy these days,' he and often eccentric side of human nature, begins. 'I mean, my six-year-old daughter other work deals with everything from walks around with my old Canon 5D and great moments in history to the genealogy takes some great pictures with it. People of historical figures. And of course, he's also would be much better served by considering taken his fair share of celebrity portraits what it is they are photographing and why and group composites. If there's one thing, they are photographing it.

however, that ties all of his work together 'Photography is all about the idea,' he if s his fertile imagination and inventive continues, enthusiastically developing the use of light. theme. 'Once you've come up with that the

With that in mind we've invited ourselves photography probably amounts to about over to Drew's bespoke flat-cum-studio in 5%. I think that people sometimes get too

London's Docklands to find out what makes hooked up over the technical minutiae. You him tick and what equipment he uses to can learn all of that, but the only way is make his images with. What we're really through experience. Ultimately, getting hoping to discover, though, is whether he yourself in the right place to take that thinks his style of creative, often epic, photograph is way more important than the photography is accessible to all. equipment you use to take it with.'

Having been greeted with a freshly made Having worked as a photojournalist for espresso, we've barely had time to settle on the best part of 30 years before turning the sofa when Drew launches into the first his hand to more purely creative matters, of several forthright explanations as to why getting himself in the right place at the »

Drew Gardner

Starling out as a news photographer on a local paper, Drew now shoots creatively for a range of clients and also for himself.

www.drewgardner.co.uk

ABOVE: THE HANDLEBAR CLUB

Shot as part of a project on British eccentrics. I used a wideangle lens to accentuate the moustache. Canon EOS IDs, 16-35mm, t/250sec @ f/18

ABOVE: THE HANDLEBAR CLUB

Shot as part of a project on British eccentrics. I used a wideangle lens to accentuate the moustache. Canon EOS IDs, 16-35mm, t/250sec @ f/18

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