Meeting up with photographers in London

It is a week now since I’ve moved to London and in this short period of time I had the chance to meet some cool characters.

At the moment I’m trying to get into assisting, so most of the time I look at magazines and websites to find photographers that I would like to work with.

very unflattering snapshot of Ruvan that I took at the pub

Anyway the first photographer that I met in London wasn’t related to my job hunting mission: he actually contacted me after seeing the exhibition at Free Range and I was quite flattered that he showed some interest in my work.

Ruvan is an incredibly cool photographer and you should all check out the work on his website , because it’s amazing.
Based in New York,  he often works in London and he gave me some good tips for photography places here.
He gave me an interesting review of the world of fashion photography and he is indeed an unconventional fashion photographer: he never assisted in his life and he is bored by most of the fashion photography that appears on contemporary magazines.
Anyway I really liked him, he is such a charismatic and enthusiastic person that you can’t help but being fascinated by him, even if you don’t totally agree with everything he’s saying (sorry Ruvan, but I REALLY disagree with your adoration for Terry Richardson).
He put me at my ease and after our chat I was way less paranoid at the idea of meeting other photographers.

I did meet a few of them for interviews and I cross my fingers that they will get back to me in the next weeks to work together.

Another person who really made an impression on me is Nik Hartley, a fashion photographer from Manchester that I contacted for some assisting work. In a way he is the opposite of Ruvan: he assisted for 8 (yes, eight!) years before eventually starting as a freelance photographer on his own. He is a lovely person and he gave me so many tips about working as an assistant and the fashion industry that I will never be grateful enough: thanks Nik!

I think that it’s very important now that I’m not in college anymore to meet up with people who are into photography, it gives me interesting perspectives on the subject and it helps me to don’t give up on the whole “I-will-be-a-photographer-at-one-point” plan.

Moving to London

I’m back in Hartlepool to sort out the last things before moving definitively to London tomorrow.

It’s an end of an era and I’m excited, scared and sad at the same time.

Building up the exhibition at Free Range

 

The exhibition at Free Range has been an interesting experience and I had a fabulous time  with my friends and family, but now it’s time to focus and sort out my life trying to get contacts in the industry and looking for a job.

Final Major Project – The Exhibition

I started this blog to keep track of the developments of my final major project, but I’ve been so busy with my last year at uni that I completely forgot about it.

I handed in the project and I printed a selection of pictures to exhibit for my degree show, but I don’t feel like it is finished yet and I would like to carry on making it, meeting more performers and keeping in touch with the ones that I’ve photographed so far.

A first edit of this work has been selected to be exhibited at the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle for Helios VIII, a showcase of the very best talent in new and emerging photographic artists from the North of England.

A selection of images from this project will be exhibited in London during the first photography week of Free Range Art and Design Show at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane.

This Thursday there will be the opening of the show and if anyone is reading this blog, well, you’re welcome to come along, nick some free booze and celebrate (possibly having a look at the pictures in the meanwhile).