Member in Focus | Lynsey Dyer

Updated on Monday, May 11 2015

Born and raised in Scotland, I am the youngest of two children and have always been the naughty creative one!
I studied Architecture in Glasgow and I am a fully qualified architect. I have been living and working in Dubai for the past seven years and it is a perfect travel hub to explore from! Photography is my hobby, passion and I completely love it!

1. What sparked your interest in photography?

I have always been interested in photography since I was young; I remember being jealous of my Uncles photographs and always wanted to create photographs that were just as beautiful. During University my camera seemed to be the second means of expressing ideas after the pencil! I started out with a Nikon SLR ... (the one with the film!) and loved taking textural black and white photographs...but I don't think I was very good at it!

2. When did you start shooting?

I really started shooting seriously in 2013, I received a little bonus from work and decided to invest in a DSLR so I bought my first Canon, a 550D with the standard 18-55mm lens. Mid 2013, I signed up for the GPP news letter and found out that there was going to be a trip to Cambodia... I booked nearly straight away despite having never taken any photography classes in my life and its the best thing I've ever done!

3. How often do you shoot?

I am not religious about shooting regularly but rather when I feel inspired to, but I have also decided this year that I am going to work on it more and attend more workshops, seminars and generally get inspired by others! So far its been a great year!

4. Why do you love photography?

I love photography because its a great way to show people how you see the world and it can be an amazing tool to make the ordinary ... extraordinary! For me its creative fun!

5. What gear do you own?

Slowly but surely my hobby is taking up all my spare cash!... I am a Canon fan (because that's what I'm now used to) and my most recent purchase is the Canon 5D Mark III and I have a great affection for my 16-35mm wide angle lens!


6. Other than your camera, what piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

My iphone! It is my instagram camera, my selfie taker, my social media device, my camera remote and occasionally I make a call on it!

7. Who are your biggest influences as a photographer?

In the same way I am with architecture... I'm not one for being a dedicated fan of anyone in particular... If I like an image... I like it, it's not really about who created it but the end result and the emotion it conveys. Influence and inspiration can come in many different forms, whether its for designing architecture or influencing photography.

8. What’s your best advice for someone starting out?

Don't be scared to play around with your camera! It's your friend! And take some classes, its a great way to learn the basics and meet like-minded people!

9. Where can we see your work?

I have a relatively new website which can be found here.
I also have an instagram account here.