hilipp Pley has a big love for the capital: he moved here from South Africa three years ago after landing a job in finance – and has been taking photos in his spare time ever since. With a loose theme of sunsets, buses and traffic, he’s accumulated over 35k followers on Instagram.
More recently, he’s branched out to other parts of the world: climbing mountains to capture the surreal landscape of the northernmost part of Norway, trying out new techniques in Paris and helping document an event for animal conservation in India. We grab Philipp for a chat to get the lowdown.
How do you stay inspired?
The best way is to be out and about and near something; you’re not going to find it staying home. No two sundowns or weather days are the same.
What’s your top tip?
As you grow and progress you figure out what works for you. I started off taking six hundred snaps a day and then had to pick out the best, now I take around thirty. I know what I’m after: less spray and pray, more focus.
Talk us through your next challenge.
My YouTube channel: I’m telling a story and teaching viewers. It’s about growing beyond posting photos – not just showing the final product but linking to the thought process behind it. It’s my passion project where I can be more expressive. I’ve also done a few weddings, they’re another learning opportunity. I want to evolve beyond Instagram so as not to put all my eggs in one basket: I attribute a lot of my success to it but I’m not hedging my whole bet on it.
Main image: Philipp Pley