Mapp of London: Interview with Emma Mapp
We caught up with Emma Mapp, photographer and owner of camera accessories shop Mapp of London, who shares with us her inspirations and advice for aspiring makers.
What inspired you to start your brand?
The 2009 recession was a turning point in my life. Having been made redundant as a lawyer in the City, I resolved to take the plunge and pursue a career that would make me feel more fulfilled. I decided to return to my childhood passion of photography.
It’s a decision I’ve never regretted as it has led to some amazing opportunities, from co-founding the London Photo Festival to having my work featured in publications including The Telegraph and the Metro.
It’s also taken me in directions I never could have anticipated and my frustration at having to juggle a bulky, unattractive camera bag as well as a handbag led me to create my own range of stylish camera bags and accessories. A chance visit to an art gallery in Antigua reintroduced me to cyanotypes, an alternative form of photography and this led me onto my current design path.
What else inspires you to create?
What is the favourite project that you have worked on to date?
What do you do in your spare time?
I'm fortunate that I can combine my business with my passions and love to spend time taking photographs, visiting art galleries and browsing antique shops and fairs.