My name is Gregory Warran and I am a reportage Wedding Photographer, and travel and street portrait photographer based in Kent and London, England. I have experience in numerous fields. I used to run club nights in East London and started shooting a lot of the live bands that were coming onto the scene, many of which have progressed to bigger things. I travelled over to Austin, Texas to shoot the SXSW festival without a pass and managed to blag myself a press pass for the week.
After doing this for about a year I decided to pursue other areas and started playing with different processing techniques (some successful, some less so) and worked heavily on landscape and portrait work. I was taken on by Getty Images who now represent over 500 of my images and these are used commercially worldwide. After a couple of years I felt I wasn’t getting any real satisfaction from this work. I wanted to have my work hanging in galleries. I wanted to produce something original. Landscapes can look amazing but someone else could shoot an almost identical photo the next day.
I started pursuing two new fields. Travel photography, specifically street portraiture, and wedding photography. Two areas very different from each other yet fundamentally the same. Tell a story, and capture something that no one else would ever be able to recreate, because that moment would have passed. Last year I have my first exhibition of photos from India and Cambodia at a London gallery.
Travel photography has a special interest for me. I travelled to Cambodia in the summer of 2011 and visited two orphanages. What I found there were many children, happy but in need of the basic essentials in life. I hope to raise awareness of those orphanages and have several photos on my website of the children from there but as yet there is no direct method in place for potential fundraising. Later this year I plan to travel to both Sri Lanka and the southern state of Kerala in India. There is a small town there on the backwaters called Kollam. There are several orphanages there. I am hoping to make some connections with at least one of them, organise some fundraising initiatives, and assist with their learning of English. More than this though I am hoping at a future date to supply some digital cameras and a laptop and teach the kids there the basics of photography, and processing, and hopefully leave them to thrive. In addition at a future date I hope we could then sell some of those photos to further finance the orphanages. Being that this is the hometown of my wife’s mother and father, I will be going back there every year anyway to maintain this.
Aside from this going forward I hope to build up a successful wedding photography business and use the proceeds from this to finance my travel photography.
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