London's landscape racks up thousands of global fans thanks to local photographers

A growing number of local photographers — and their online followings — are putting London on the international map, with Forest City fans from as far as India.

Look at these pictures of the Forest City by local photographers

The mobile app Instagram has played a big role in putting the spotlight on London's landscape. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

A growing number of local photographers — and their online followers — are putting London on the international map.

"I've had a number of students from India coming to school in London and this is the first thing they see," photographer Ian McAlpine is talking about photos displayed on his Instagram account.

Ian McAlpine is a London-based photographer that has racked up about 30 thousand followers online. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

"They think it's really cool to see and they want to know where the locations are."

Between his personal account and one that he curates with snapshots from other photographers, the 24-year-old has racked up more than 30 thousand followers.

This has brand managers and businesses flocking to the Western University grad who turned photography into his full-time gig.

And he's not the only one.

19-year-old Avery Schaffer is a London-based photographer. (Submitted)

19-year-old Avery Schaffer moved to the city from Chatham about two years ago.

"I just wanted to find a place where I can see more stuff, go on hikes and travel," he said.

"There's so much to it. You have the city side of it where you can shoot urban but you also have the wilderness where it's everywhere."

His creative eye landed him about 15 thousand online followers, which was his window to a full-time photography job in London.

"There's so much that people don't see and I want to bring that out and show them what's here," he said.

"They don't have to travel hours to find good spots, they're right here."

Both McAlpine and Schaffer are part of a growing scene of photographers capturing every corner of the city:

Dundas and Richmond Streets

Fanshawe Conservation Area

Downtown London

One London Place

Thames Street