Private Project

I Take Photos

When Tobi Shinobi and Ron Timehin started using photo sharing app, Instagram in 2012, they couldn't have imagined it would completely reshape their lives. They adopted new technologies at the right time, and worked hard at developing their individual accounts. Fast forward to today and they have swapped their day jobs as a lawyer and a touring musician for their new shared passion as photographers. They are favourites in the London space on Instagram, boasting thousands of followers and millions of likes. Not only has their creative partnership flourished, so too has their success online and offline.
Their message to others is simple: anyone can take photos.

  • Oliver David Lister
  • Oliver David Lister
  • Justine Priestley
  • Justine Priestley
  • Tobi Shinobi
    Key Cast
  • Ron Timehin
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Technology, Photography, Arts
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 21, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Atlanta Docufest - Audience Choice - Best Short Documentary
    Atlanta, USA
    United States
    September 16, 2016
    Audience Choice - Best Short Documentary
  • London Monthly Film Festival - Best Documentary
    United Kingdom
    Best Documentary
  • LA Lift Off Film Festival 2016 - Official Selection
    Los Angeles
    United States
  • Romania Stonefair - Official Selection
  • Sydney World Film Festival - Official Selection
  • TMC London Film Festival - Official Selection
    United Kingdom
  • Berlin Internation Cinefest - Official Selection
    November 22, 2016
Director Biography - Oliver David Lister

Oliver Lister is a young filmmaker to watch, with an 'all-rounder' skill set in shooting, editing and animating. After graduating in 2014 with a first class degree in Video & Motion Graphics, Oliver joined one of Fintech's Top 10 Fastest Growing London Tech Companies. Working as a motion graphics designer, Oliver developed a keen eye for composition. Later, he joined a small and dynamic film production company in East London, ‘Really Bright Media’. At RBM he has worked on a diverse set of projects across an array of industries, including music videos, VIP interviews, live events, short films, animated series' and online adverts. This has contributed to Oliver's versatility and adaptability as a developing filmmaker. Oliver is pleased to launch this debut short documentary, 'I Take Photos'.

Add Director Biography
Director Statement

I love the work of both Tobi and Ron; their photos are striking and captivating. Through this documentary, I wanted to shine a light on the people behind the camera and explore their journey from amateur Instagrammers to successful professional photographers. Visually, I wanted to bring the audience into Tobi and Ron's world. There are very few static shots in this documentary as I wanted the viewer to feel they were flowing through the story, on the move with the photographers. I hope people will watch this film and feel inspired to try something new and creative in their own lives.