Rob Pearson-Wright’s creative approach earned him much praise from the judges of the Alverton Penzance Photographic Competition as well as second prize in their recent “Black and White Street Photography” contest for his image “Getting Ready for my Close Up.”
Rob is an amateur photographer from London. He’s dabbled in a range of pursuits from music production to illustration but there was always an interest in photography. He always believed he had a reasonably good eye for composition and took decent snapshots but, when he bought his first iPhone in 2010, his point and shoot cameras found themselves gathering dust.
Following a mobile photography class in the local college in 2012 his passion for photography was properly ignited and he found his true voice for artistic expression. A short video on street photography using an iPhone by Richard Koci Hernandez showed Rob how street photography could convey visual story telling in a way that hadn’t occurred to him before. He was hooked.
The nature of mobile photography lent itself well to street photography, allowing him to get close to subjects without changing their behaviour. It’s this behaviour that fascinates him – the stories he can imply with a single image. His best work contains a carousel of characters, mainly on the streets of London.
A chance encounter with a friend and a mirrorless camera broadened his horizons and he can now be found strolling the streets of London looking for his next great shot with either his iPhone or his beloved Fujifilm X-T1 set to silent.
Rob’s style is mostly naturalistic, with a penchant for black and white as it strips back all the distractions and focusses the viewer on the subject and their story. Shooting in RAW wherever possible, his edits in Lightroom and Photoshop are usually subtle. The incredible array of apps for the iPhone have made it a pleasure to shoot, edit and share on the move. The X-T1 complements this seamlessly as he can transfer any shots to the digital darkroom in his pocket wirelessly.
Rob’s influences include the brash New York photographer Bruce Gilden, as well as the more classic photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus, Joel Meyerowitz and Robert Capa.
Rob’s work has featured in exhibitions around the world and he has won or featured in numerous competitions in both mobile and DSLR categories. He was the 2014 mobile category winner of the Terry O’Neill photography award and has had his work projected 20 feet high against the walls of the deconsecrated Santo Stefano al Ponte church in the heart of Florence.