October 19th, 2016
Darren Eyles is a Travel and Documentary Photographer. His photography shows the real world, taking you to that exact moment in time where you almost feel part of the photo; sitting in the back of a taxi or bus witnessing the image as it plays out in front of you. The photos feel authentic and never staged or that the subjects are posing.
Where are you from?
Originally I'm from South Africa but moved to England when I was around 10 years old and currently I live in and around London.
How did you get started in photography?
I have been skateboarding all my life and I first wanted to just video me and my friends because no one had a camera, taking random photo's here and there of skateboarding, but really through travelling for the past 2 years, I have really started focusing more on documenting them by taking photos.
What do you shoot with and why?
I shoot with a Canon 5d with 35mm, 24-105 and 50mm lens. The 5d is amazing and I mainly like it because of its low light capability. Although I'm kinda over the size of it now. I am trying to shoot more film as well.
What was your first camera?
My first camera would be my Iphone but, my first DSLR camera was Canon 60d.
What do you try to convey in your images?
When I am out taking photos, I guess I'm not really trying to convey any sort of message and meaning. But I do try to show people and their surrounding environment.
On the average shoot how many photos do you take? Of those, how many are worth keeping and editing?
I would say on the average, I take around 100-150 shots maybe? And although I wish they were all to keep, unfortunately I probably edit out not even half. But then again, leaving photos for a while and coming back to them can also help me see something I may not have seen in a certain picture before.
Where in the world have you traveled for photography?
So fortunately enough for me when I was younger, my parents took us to a lot of countries in Europe. As a photographer, I have travelled to Morocco, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Australia, Iceland, Scotland, France and USA.
Where would you like to go shoot that you haven't been yet?
I would say Istanbul is probably at the top of my list at the moment but I would love to shoot in Cuba, Nicaragua, Tanzania, South Africa and India.
If you could travel to any time in the world, where would you go?
That's a difficult one but I would probably have to say Australia. I lived in Australia for a year in 2015 and it’s such an amazing in country is a lot of ways.
What do you use to edit you photos?
I edit my photos in Adobe Lightroom.
What are you working on now?
I have just got back from Sri Lanka at the moment, so no real travel plans currently. I am working on couple of things here and there.
Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies, or something else?
Uhh, I'm not sure what the other one is so I'll just go with Oreo haha.
You can see more of Darren’s work on his website as well as follow him on Facebook and Instagram. He does commissions as well and sells prints of his fantastic work!