Capturing unique characters on London's streets to tell the story of the city

When it comes to street photography, London-based photographer Craig Reilly loves to not only capture unique and interesting characters as they make their way around the capital; but also frame each shot so that they paint a beautiful narrative of the city and its inhabitants.

Shooting mainly in black and white, but also with an increasing slant on colour images, he uses an Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the M. Zuiko 17mm and 45mm lenses to take his shots. Speaking of his work, Reilly said: "Candid portraits feature heavily in my work, and I like to use the various London backdrops as an important factor of the whole image to tell a story. I shoot purely in 'stealth mode’ and have never asked to take someone’s photo. This is mainly because I like to see my subjects in their own moment, and try to share the mood of what I am witnessing to my viewers.

"Having a fascination with how people interact with each other and their surroundings, street photography was a natural genre for me to put my creative passion into."

Amongst his many inspirations for photography are past masters such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Avedon, and René Burri, alongside today's greats – Thomas Leuthard, Matt Stuart and Marius Vieth. Reilly is keen to follow in their footsteps and has already been featured in Amateur Photographer, Olympus and Photography Week. If you love his work as much as we do, then check out more of his portfolio at www.craigreillyphotography.com.