Tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m a photographer about eight or nine years old and have a degree in Art and Design. I wanted to follow my great-grandfather and take pictures for the RAF but unfortunately I couldn’t. I found a different route for my creativity and focused on fashion photography. I admire all areas of photography and always take pictures of anything that strikes me as intriguing. In my work I like to look at areas that you wouldn’t necessarily think of using and use that as a backdrop, I like to find beauty in things that go unnoticed and share it with people so that they can also see it.
What was the inspiration behind the cover?
I wanted to capture the magazine’s cycling theme while showing some of the city’s architecture that you might otherwise miss. When we’re on our bikes or taking walks, we tend to look ahead rather than around us, which means we don’t always notice some of the hidden sights. (Please don’t look up while you’re riding your bike – I don’t want you crashing). I also wanted to depict the openness, the freedom, the wind and what’s around you, the space you cycle through.
How does it compare to other projects you’ve worked on?
I usually focus on fashion, so it’s quite different from what I’m used to working on. I’ve also been in a few magazines but this is my first cover; I was honored to be asked to do so and very excited to challenge myself in a new field. I had to think differently and consider new aspects of the image. That being said, I thought of the bike as the model – what angle would it look best from, negative space etc.
I would like to have my own studio and possibly publish a photo book
Tell us about some projects you have worked on in the past…
One of my favorite projects I worked on was creating a 3D zine based on fashion, based on humans and the connection we have with music. I organized, designed and shot three photos based on songs from the 80s. It was a challenge because I had never done anything on this scale before, but I wanted to create something that I am passionate about, while learning something something new. The 3D part was the most interesting because I could see my photography come to life on paper.
A few of my other favorite projects were those that were spontaneous. For example, a photo shoot failed for a few models, which forced me to take pictures of them in an amazing location. I ended up taking some of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken.
I have other projects in mind but they are silent for the moment…
What do you have planned for the future?
Keep pushing my photography. If we talk a bit in the future, I would like to have my own studio and possibly publish a photo book. I would love my own space where I can create crazy concepts and there are no limits – that’s the long term dream. For now, I’m going to keep doing what I love and keep taking pictures whenever I can.
Is there anything else you would like to tell LeftLion readers?
Hope you are enjoying your coffee reading this – have a great day! (If you don’t have a drink, go get one. And some cake).