“I love capturing my world and sharing it with other people who like photography. I am very lucky that people like my photographs and my little world.”
– Jess Angell (Miss Underground)
Jess Angell (Miss Underground)
Jess Angell is a girl in love with the London Underground who goes by the name of Miss Underground. She runs an Instagram featuring pictures of the ‘Tube’ still just on her iPhone. Read on to find out more about Jess and her work.
Tell us about Miss Underground and how you got started.
I started on Instagram in February 2011, I loved it instantly taking photographs of everything! Then I started to take photographs of the London Underground a few months later and when I posted something other than the ‘Tube’ my followers said NO we want the tube pictures so I created a second account and @MissUnderground was born!
What is it about London and in particular the London Underground that you love?
I love the spaces in the London Underground when there is no one else is around – the architecture and space fascinates me. The London Underground has small tunnels and great escalators to photograph!
You shoot all your Instagram photos with your iPhone. Tell us about why you still use this.
I still use my iPhone as it takes great photographs of the artificial lights in the Underground. I don’t plan my shots so when I am on the tube if I see an empty space I reach for my iPhone as it is always with me. I also love editing my photographs on my iPhone.
What or who has helped you in the process of following your dream?
I have been very lucky in meeting some amazing Instagram users all around the world and this has encouraged me to take better photographs.
What inspires you?
I get inspired by other photographers and other London Instagramers.
I travel on the London Underground everyday but some people will never make it to London to experience it – so I like to show it off to its best views!
What challenges have you encountered and how have you overcome them?
I sometimes have to leave the underground for a few days so when I come back I am fresh looking for new tunnels and views. Having a break from looking sometimes helps to see everything new.
What message are you trying to share with your work?
Just to look around you as you go about your daily life – someone spent time to design the building you are in or the metro system you us every day. Appreciate design and attention to detail.
How do you deal with criticism?
I don’t mind if people do not like my photographs – they are very different from most people’s idea of a beautiful image. I would prefer people not to tell me what to do with my photography but I could always learn from them so I will listen.
What is it that you love about photography?
I love capturing my world and sharing it with other people who like photography. I am very lucky that people like my photographs and my little world.
What advice would you give to aspiring artists?
Follow inspiring photographers and learn what works for them. Look at what angles work or what themes work. Then find your own style and keep going!
What have you learned in the process of following your dreams?
That the world is a beautiful place if you love beaches or Underground Transport systems – we all have our place in the world.
What are you most excited for in the future?
More travel – I have lots of other cities and countries to see and capture their Transport Systems.