Profile last updated Wednesday 21st July 2010
During the 70s and 80s I used film SLR cameras and had a darkroom. I started with a Zenit E and then moved on to an Asahi Pentax Spotmatic II and upgraded twice keeping with Pentax. The expense of film, negative dust and scratches and carrying a heavy kit bag around put me off photography. In the end, I went for a 35mm compact for parties and holiday snaps.
I bought a digital in April 2003 to replace the compact. I loved it. It allowed me to get back into photography. No limit on exposures and I could experiment with no expense. I upgraded in August 2004, loved the new camera even more. I started retirement on 1st Jan 2005, joined Flickr on 14th Feb 2005 and, as they say, the rest is history. In May 2005 I upgraded again to a dSLR (Canon 350D > 30D > 40D > 7D) and now have a kit bag and a darkroom (Photoshop CS3) again. Browsing Flickr made me realise that I wasn't alone taking images of cans, piles of tiles, rust and squared circles (I didn't know what squared circles were then or how to crop them properly but I did capture one). So with carte blanche I capture anything and everything and don't feel self-conscious about it. Flickr provides the ultimate global album for the photographs. Flickr also exercises the side of my brain that I enjoyed using at work i.e. organising and tagging the photographs, creating sets, admining groups, writing guidelines and webbing. Nearly forgot, photography with Flickr feeds my obsession of collecting things and it's a lot cheaper than CDs, DVDs and books. That's me in a nutshell...I can't leave the shutter shut.
My photostream consists of:
Photographs I've uploaded because I'd like the world to view and comment on them. They are organised in sets.
Links to photographs: [ Random ] [ Images in Explore ] [ Interestingness ]
Collection & Reference sets of general interest e.g.
Norwich Plaques I
Norwich Plaques II
Norwich Plaques III
squared circles (over 25,000)
letters (over 8,000)
numbers (over 12,000)
signs (over 6,000)
They are organised in sets. Most of the images are posted to subject groups on Flickr.
The majority of my photographs are covered by a Creative Commons License - Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0.
I admin/co-admin the following groups:
Letters and Numbers
Norwich & Norfolk
Normal for Norfolk
Guess Where Norwich
Norwich & Norfolk Flickr Meets
Headstone Military Badges
Stick Figures in Peril
Round Tower Churches
- 73 is the best number! 129 photos, 6 members
- Merseyside 5,201 photos, 322 members
- just one word 4,269 photos, 243 members
- Yorkshire Wildlife Park 30,006 photos, 851 members
- Polaroid OneStep 2 220 photos, 69 members
- Union Jack 5,028 photos, 1,010 members
- Camera Junkie ( Gear Acquisition Syndrome ) 78,627 photos, 5,686 members
- National Portrait Gallery London 31 photos, 4 members
- Prisma Creations 2,688 photos, 247 members
- FRAMEs & BORDERs for use 1,486 photos, 1,128 members
- English grub and nowt else. 2,691 photos, 101 members
- Mosaics - Colours 1,584 photos, 178 members
- 42 889 photos, 441 members
- In Numerical Order 20 0 photos, 3 members
- In Numerical Order 19 0 photos, 3 members
- In Numerical Order 18 0 photos, 3 members
- In Numerical Order 17 0 photos, 3 members
- In Numerical Order 16 0 photos, 3 members
- In Numerical Order 15 0 photos, 3 members
- John Jarrold Printing Museum 2 photos, 1 member
- Panasonic Lumix DMC - Group 51,713 photos, 995 members
- Panasonic FZ series 199,234 photos, 3,033 members
- PANASONIC LUMIX FZ100 - FZ 150 - FZ 200 - FZ1000 - FZ300 - FZ200 83,950 photos, 1,522 members
- iPhone Obsession (,^^) 95,778 photos, 3,870 members
- Indie Record Stores 3,481 photos, 272 members
- Wellcome Collection 444 photos, 76 members
- Royal Academy 347 photos, 13 members
- In Numerical Order 14 0 photos, 3 members
- In Numerical Order 13: next 653 429 photos, 7 members
- National Trust in the East of England 6,978 photos, 294 members
- FZ1000 Fan Club - Please read the rules! 37,172 photos, 1,390 members
- Birds , Birds Birds 1,421,622 photos, 35,982 members
- Panasonic FZ1000 Photography 33,107 photos, 855 members
- 7 inches 5,539 photos, 92 members
- RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 439 photos, 32 members
- Music on Vinyl 9,201 photos, 72 members
- James Bowen and a Street Cat Named Bob 171 photos, 123 members
- 1888 Building Dates 89 photos, 21 members
- UEA turns 50 - alumni photos 310 photos, 50 members
- London Zoo 6,909 photos, 866 members
- Pre-Worboys Road Signs 5,920 photos, 310 members
- 45 rpm vinyl singles 32,780 photos, 541 members
- Uni of East Anglia 401 photos, 46 members
- Tribute to Vinyl 11,886 photos, 306 members
- Photo Ceramics 1,739 photos, 90 members
- iPiccy - The Official Group 20,118 photos, 803 members
- Retro Records 38,115 photos, 2,142 members
- the record collective. 60,176 photos, 1,416 members
- vinyl junkies, show us your records ! 42,096 photos, 1,881 members
- Vinyl Junkie 59,038 photos, 3,881 members
- Spitalfields Roundels 16 photos
- SYH 297 13 photos
- Jean Paul Sartre - Simone De Beauvoir 3 photos
- Don Moyer's Drawing Everything 13 photos
- FERODO bridges 12 photos
- ON THIS SITE SEPT. 5, 1782 NOTHING HAPPENED 8 photos
- Photo Credit 2 of 2 12 photos
- Photo Credit 1 of 2 15 photos
- WILL COLES plaques 15 photos
- Angel Delgadillo 16 photos
- Mosiacs 20 photos
- GINGER 10 album cover 3 photos
- Spaghetti Alphabet Messages 31 photos
- Dogman at Covent Garden 9 photos
- Banham Zoo's Bald Eagle 27 photos
- David Owen 18 photos
- Grandpa Elliott 23 photos
- Mass Photo Gathering 12 photos
- Badge Collections 14 photos
- Cotton Reels 28 photos
- Book Piles 13 photos
- American Diner stools 11 photos
- squared circle buddy icons 3 20 photos
- squared circle buddy icons 2 45 photos
- squared circle buddy icons 1 45 photos
- No Dumping Drains To... 48 photos
- Norwich Cathedral 15 photos
- Wood Type 35 photos
- Squircling 18 photos
"People don't write these often anymore but I must say that Leo is a great bloke that I met via Flickr on one of his many jaunts and you need to settle down with a flask and sandwiches to enjoy the diverse stream here. He's got the organisational skills I wish I had myself, he's a great photographer and as obsessive in his need to photograph the world around him. He's a true star."
December 7th, 2016
Nick J Stone says:
"The undisputed king of Norwich Flickr. Eclecticism at it's finest, always something new to look at, or a different way of looking at something, or just something you haven't spotted, long may his eye rove and his shutter click."
August 25th, 2009
krazydad / jbum says:
"Simply the most prolific photographer I've met on Flickr, and a careful and thoughtful curator. I aspire to be this productive."
September 16th, 2009
Cameron Self says:
"Norwich's answer to Andy Warhol."
April 11th, 2009
"A precise description. The King of Squared Circles."
September 14th, 2008
"After six months on flickr, I have decided to pay a few debts, and LeoL30 is the biggest. I have learned so much from other photographers, but above all it is looking at the way that Leo works that has affected the way I work myself. His eye for detail, his concentration on the particular and specific, are exciting and inspiring. I have learned that simplicity is the key to a spectacular image, and that less is always more.
His documentation of Norwich is an inspiration to any urban photographer. A city is made up of the smallest details, and there are millions of them, always something new to be found. In no small part thanks to Leo, I find myself looking at details even when I do not have a camera with me."
December 14th, 2006
March 23rd, 2006
Lynn Morag says:
"Leo - the biggest Flickr addict I have come across. He could write books on his subjects of interest!
Go, Leo, go!"
March 12th, 2006
"What fun, Leo has a set for just about everything!"
December 31st, 2005
"LeoL30 is one of the very few flickrinos I have actually met. He is an incredible photographer and is interested in so many things pertaining to the city that you never know which group he is going to open next! I am thankful to him for introducing me to the joys of squarecircling and that means being taught by a master of the art!
I discovered photographing cemeteries through him too.
He is a dedicated admin and I have come to consider him as a friend.
His photostream is amazingly rich and varied and each of his trips brings new and fascinating sets. Don't miss them!"
September 5th, 2005
"To suggest that Leo L30 has a tendency for obsessive behaviour would be putting it lightly. With an average of 1000 pics uploaded for each month of his Flickr membership, it's a wonder he has time to eat and sleep in between squircling for England and roving round Norwich in search of more surprising, everyday, neglected sights. I'm so glad I introduced Leo to Flickr. Yes, it's my fault. Sorry."
June 28th, 2005
"The other day, I saw something and said "Hmmm. Verdigris. Wish I had my camera," which is clearly his fault. Because I'm not one who just throws the word "verdigris" around.
In any case, I really love to look through Leo's stream -- there's so much to see, and it's a good place to get lost for a little while."
June 27th, 2005
"Leo is doors. He isn't a round peg in a square hole. He is about discovering things in forgotten places. Look. Just look."
June 14th, 2005
James M Thorne says:
"He isn't just about circles, Leo has a truely wonderful photostream and many many brilliant photos. A talented photographer in every sense of the word."
May 31st, 2005
"Where would the Squared Circle group be without Leo? His images are a delight and he keeps them coming at a fast clip. Always enjoy seeing what he sees, next!"
May 2nd, 2005
- Leo Reynolds
- February 2005
- Norwich, England, UK
- Norwich, England, UK, England, UK
- I am:
- Male and Taken