German-born Ronya originally planned to only visit London on a temporary business, to improve her English and take in the culture. Then, as she puts it, "life happened, love happened and I never actually left." Now, she's been in the city for quite a few years and has firmly embedded herself in the capital. As a passionate and long-time photographer, Ronya decided to combine her love of London and photography with a new tour for Airbnb. Although, by her own admission, she fell into photography almost by chance, the hours she's put in honing her craft have left her with a growing client base, a Sony World Photography Award nomination, and exhibitions at Liberty's of London and the Pall Mall Gallery.
On the face of it, the experience involves a "photo-walk", strolling through the Big Smoke, finding new bits of the city you didn't know existed and honing your photography skills along the way, as well as to appreciate more well-known landmarks in new ways. Since the tour takes you from Trafalgar Square, through Covent Garden, Soho, Bloomsbury, and the South Bank, there's obviously a fair amount of architecture and history too.
We spoke to Ronya about photography as a medium, her route into it as a career, as well as the value of the hobby. From our discussion it sounded as if it had genuinely improved her life and opened her up to a whole bunch of experiences, people and so on, that she might never have encountered.