Christopher Byron initially became known to us through his work as a musician, as part of techno duo Vosper. After seeing his incredible photographs on Instagram, we invited him to be part of the Photo Issue. Thankfully, he agreed and supplied us with these stunning, cinematic images below.
Name? Christopher Byron (also known as Christopher Vosper).
From/Location? London, England, current location Montreal, Canada.
How long have you considered yourself a photographer? I’ve been exploring with photography since 2007. But started to take it more seriously, only this past year.
Camera of choice? After using Canon and Pentax professional DSLRs over the years, I’ve recently settled on the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 with the 90mm F2 and 35mm F2 Fujinon lenses. It’s the reason I take my camera out with me daily. Being able to shoot directly in black and white with weather sealed lens that are equal to, or greater than Canon L-Lenses, gives me incredible freedom as an artist. The camera has a “range finder” style body, it doesn’t look like a DSLR. People don’t pay much attention to it and that is priceless.
Specialist area of expertise? Working as a visual effects artist, my attention to details, composition and cinematic references are a big part of my photographic style.
Inspirations? I work all day on TV commercials, so working in black and white is a breathe of fresh air.
I try to capture a natural, but contrasted mood of city life. Architecture always seems to make its way into my photos. I think this is, in part, due to growing up with a father as an architect and a brother who is an architectural model maker. At the same time, I’ve been obsessed with portraits for decades. Street photography and portrait photography are a natural extension of my interests.
Tell me a little bit about your selection of photos?
1. Lovers walk – It was a foggy morning, the rain had stopped. I turned to see this couple walking towards me in the park. There was something very romantic about the image.
2. Bike in scale – I’ve always enjoyed a visual sense of scale. Overbearing monolithic architecture, put into perspective by one man.
3. Abandoned silo – Sometimes, just looking through a hole in a fence can lead to perfection.
4. The smoker – Walking through an dirty grey alleyway, I came across the day in orange.
5. Even stranger things – A massive sun was setting over the train tracks, then along came the lady walking her dog. There was something mysterious about the whole vibe. For some reason, the resulting look reminded me of an eighties movie.
6. Sun runners – Summer evenings in the hood.
7. Racing stripe – 7am on a Sunday morning downtown, an Audi with a Red racing stripe on its body, drove into my frame. The final result looks like a car ad.
8. Mrs Metropolitan – You never know what a downtown subway exit will bring you. Always keep your camera ready to shoot.
9. Pixel rain – An interior design store window gave a unique reflection upon passers by.
10. Roman holiday – I saw this couple standing in an entrance way across the street, early on a Sunday morning. That’s what I love about street photography, you really never know what you’re going to see. Just shoot all the time and never check your photos until you’re home. It’s so rewarding.