Camden Close-Up: Simon Waller
Love Camden loves its local talent. We aim to celebrate everything cultural in the borough, from Hampstead to Kilburn, from the British Library to that little café around the corner - we are always out to show what Camden has to offer. As part of this we launched our Camden Close-Up series: interviews with artists, thinkers, entrepreneurs and downright interesting figures that live, work or are inspired by the borough.
This month, we spoke to Simon Waller, a brilliant photographer who has been capturing the spirit of India for our Camden Kala programme in a series of bright, vibrant photographs that embrace the diversity and beauty of Holi, the Indian festival of colours. Simon is a filmmaker and photographer based in London. He has a number of international clients, including television broadcasters, advertising agencies, charities and FTSE listed companies. He specialises in delivering branded content, documentary films, short form high quality films and photography.
Simon’s mother – an art teacher – introduced him to the principles of photography and stop frame animation when he was a youngster. Decades later he is still in love with photography; an art form that captures light and pauses time. Simon is a member of the Association of Photographers (AOP) and has been exhibited in both collaborative and solo shows in London. He’s even made it onto the long-list of the highly prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.
Simon established his own company in 2008 but in all has more than fifteen years experience of the creative and design world. More recently he has been making films of international stature, shooting and directing projects across the world. He has picked up a few awards on the way. Of particular note is The Bliss of Ignorance; a documentary he made in 2014 about the coal industry and air pollution in South Africa. The Bliss of Ignorance was screened at a festival held to coincide with the COP21 climate change debate in Paris, where Simon appeared on a Q&A panel following the showing. Another one of his films; Life on the Streets, is a documentary short about homelessness, and was screened at a fringe event at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016.
Over the years he has met and filmed an amazing collection of people (an aspect of his job that he loves) including homeless men and women and those that help them back into society, adults and children around the globe who suffer from rare blood disorders, owners of multi-national brands, corporate board executives and headline festival acts performing live on stage in front of tens of thousands of screaming fans. In the summer of 2017 he will be back filming on the UK’s music festival circuit after which he’ll be welcoming his second child at the end of July.
Simon has vast experience of working both as a one-man unit where he delivers on all stages of production and post-production, and as part of larger crews. Where needed, he calls upon his strong network of creative professionals to deliver the specifics of any project. The company comes fully equipped with everything from high-end film and stills cameras to microphones and motorised sliders – anything else can be hired if needed. Rates are of course dependent on type and length of job and the equipment required.
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Have a look at a selection of Simon's pictures below or visit our Camden Kala page!
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