JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you want to be growing up?

MIKE TSENTI: When I was much younger I wanted to be a lego brick maker. I want to make the bricks that came together to build whatever my imagination wanted to make. I think this was an early start to my creativity. As I got older I started to head towards wanting to write for magazines. I then started shooting when i was about 14/15 and that made me want to start focusing on photography and try to mix it in with writing.

JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?

MT: At the moment I am very influenced by film effects. This is something I always like to use with my photography but I have not had the time recently to get film developed so I have been working with giving my images a vintage clean feel using simple Photoshop techniques. I am always inspired by articles I see from Time Magazine and it really inspires me to want to travel and photograph my experiences.

JC: What are you up to right now?

MT: Right now I am currently working on a project focusing on the blending of nature and the human identity. It’s a subject I’ve been into the idea of human identity and taking it away ever since I left college so really I’m experimenting with new ideas on that.

JC: Have you had mentors along the way?

MT: I have not really had much help with what I want to do with my photography. I had some University teachers assist me but they never really helped me define how I wanted to approach my photography and I felt a little let down by them when I was trying to explain ideas that were shrugged off for not being commercial enough. I would say my dad has been my biggest mentor as he was the first person to introduce me to photography and is still giving me tips to this date.

JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?

MT: I am currently based in North London and although it is not a great area for creativity Central London is only about 30 minutes away by tube so it’s not an issue. As I am currently just working on my own ideas it’s a relaxing environment to help me think about ideas and plan. I plan to try and move to the US or Canada in the next few years to try to improve my career prospects.

JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?

MT: It sounds silly but don’t be extremely optimistic when you graduate. It’s an extremely tough business and you will have to work hard when you finish. I was very optimistic when I finished and it disheartened me a lot when reality hit. But do some free work, internships or photography jobs, and the experience will take you places!

JC: If all else fails - what is your plan B?

MT: My plan A is to get working for a magazine or creative company as a picture editor. My plan B is to simply work and get enough money to fund myself and as I said previously, travel around the world and photograph my experiences and try to really capture what is going on in the world, not holiday snaps.

JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?

MT: It is very important to be a part of a creative community. Here in Barnet (where I live) it is very hard to find creativity as most of my friends are not from creative backgrounds but I have stayed in contact with some friends from University so it’s nice to talk to them about creativity. It keeps the juices flowing and ensures I do not get lazy and sit around all day.



All about my New York coffee table book via Tumblr’s official Books Tumblr (a great one to follow!). Thanks Tumblr! ♥ you.


NY Through The Lens - The Book!

I am super excited to announce this news!

My New York City photography book is currently available for pre-sale.

Will the book be releasing in physical stores as well?

Yes! It will be at major retailers like Barnes and Noble here in the United States as well as many other retailers in the US and UK.

Here is a new page with an ongoing listing of physical retail and online locations to purchase the book:

NY Through The Lens - Book - Retail Locations


Cosplayers Doing Everyday Things at New York Comic Con

Nothing to see here, folks — just your friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man going to Subway.

(via washingtonpost)


MARCH 2009 - Malala Yousafzai, age 12, photographed at home in Peshawar, Pakistan. At the time, Sharia law had just been adopted in the Swat Valley and Malala worried that education for girls after the 4th grade would be banned. Three years later, in October 2012, she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, but survived. The militants behind the attack claimed that it was because she promoted secularism.

Today, the Nobel Committee announced that Malala has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Indian children’s rights advocate Kailash Satyarthi.

Photo by Veronique de Viguerie/Reportage by Getty Images. See more.

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