ARIJANA GURDON-LINDEY is a self-taught photographer and mum. She moved to London 25 years ago where she worked at the British Film Institute, moving on to West End Theatres shortly after, including a stint as a Broadcast Assistant at the BBC World Service Radio. With London’s SoHo as her daily canvas, Ari describes her street photography style as ‘quick and on the move, full of characters’. For Ari, just imagining that her photography might live on makes her giddy.
Although she always had a camera on hand over the years, Ari’s passion for photography truly developed when she downloaded the Instagram app. Fueled by the inspiration and community she found there, she first shot exclusively on her iPhone and embraced the concept of sharing her photos and discovering like-minded people. After early experimentation with different looks and techniques, her approach has evolved to what she feels is truly her “look” – an authentic reflection of her confidence, experience and vision.
In capturing scenes around London, Ari brings a keen eye for the vibrant colors, movements, and emotions in everyday moments. Whenever possible, she looks for opportunities to make a connection through eye contact with her subject; although it can feel intimidating, she also finds the exchange exhilarating, and has found that it makes for the best photos.
“Quick and on the move. Full of characters. Taking a candid photograph is a split-second decision, so I don’t have time to think too much before I press the shutter. I go with the flow rather than position myself in one place waiting for that perfect someone to walk past.”
Ari's work is included in the award-winning book Trope London, the second volume in the Trope City Editions series, showcasing the moody romanticism and striking modernism of contemporary London.