I am a 26 year amateur old photographer whom is searching/ waiting for that big break.

 

Hi Sam, Where abouts are you from?

St.Ives in Cambridgeshire

 

How did you get into your field?

From a young age I had an interest in cameras and taking pictures, every holiday I would be found hogging the family camera. This obviously stemmed from my artistic background but would later develop into my chosen discipline of art. It was rollerblading and the early days of recording progress within the sport that defiantly help me find my feet in photography and start what would be my love affair with taking photos.

 

How would you define the word “creative”?

Creative to me is a term that you can’t actually sum up as a whole as i firmly believe that creativity is something that is down to each individual their experiences and exposure to everything around them and how they react to it.  One individual’s creativity is another’s standard way of working, creativity is what it is to the individual and can’t be judged upon a scale alongside others.

 

What inspires you as a photographer?

There are many different people and artists whom inspire me and the way I approach my own work.  I love Rick Giles work within Light, and the likes of greogry crewdson, phillip-Lorca DiCorcia and Dan Busta really have a big impact on the way I approach some of my more scenic action shots.  But in reality I find most of my inspiration from the people I see and spend time with on a day to day basis.

 

Could you describe a day in your professional life?

A day in my so called professional life revolves around shooting profiles for magazines and webzines. After going through my emails and making further plans for future profiles and future shoots I  head on out with all my gear to meet my subject at an agreed location for a day of Rollerblading and shooting. A list of pre agreed locations/tricks is then run down during the day but with shooting such things allot of times things don’t go to plan. Spots can change, security can be an issue and more times than not the weather is not on our side, which is why a degree of flexibility, creativity and imagination helps in coming up with new ideas for shots. Once the practical side of it is done I shall return to spend the rest of my evening and sometimes through into the early hours either editing or prepping the fruits of my labour for potential editing once all the images for the article have been shot.

 

Who are your main influences and why?

There are many different people and artists whom inspire me and the way I approach my own work.  I love Rick Giles work within Light, and the likes of greogry crewdson, phillip-Lorca DiCorcia and Dan Busta really have a big impact on the way I approach some of my more scenic action shots.  But in reality I find most of my inspiration from the people I see and spend time with on a day to day basis.

 

 

What is your favourite piece of work either, your own, or someone else’s, or both?

It’s such a hard task to pick one favourite piece of work but for a long time Phillip Lorca DiCorcia’s work has really inspired me with his incredible view points and lighting techniques. The image Eddie Anderson, 21 Years Old, from Houston, Texas, $20 was the first image I saw of his and the one that drew me into his work and the way he sees the world around him. For me the blurred line between reality and documentary work in this series is very thought provoking and inspiring. Although staged, the use of young men who were actually living on the streets brings a very real element to the images and I’m sure there was a deep seeded meaning behind each image and the set as a whole, but I prefer to enjoy the many unanswered questions that each image produces. The mystery is more enduring than the intended meaning could ever be.

 

Invaded Park

 

Do you ever have a creative block and if yes how do you deal with it?

Like many creative people I have suffered creative blocks, sometimes it’s on a single image or assignment and other times it has been a period of time that lacks creativity with my work. Sometimes I’ve been able to push through it but there have been times were that’s not worked and I’ve just had to sit it out, keep doing the mundane stuff I was doing until that something special reinvigorated and inspired me with fresh ideas or a new way to approach my work.

 

What types of assignments / creative briefs do you get excited about or you are attracted to most?

It’s never really the assignments themselves but the people that excite me, I enjoy working with pretty much most people but some personalities just get you more excited and inspire you more for the work at hand.

 

How do you describe your style?

My work is so varied that is hard to sum up a central theme to it all but I suppose I’m always looking for either that unseen angle or view point and I really love to create a scene within my work. The piece of work submitted call Invaded park scene is a tribute to both of these points, as well as capturing the trick I tried to capture the essence of the scene around the trick.

 

What has been the most surprising or most predictable reaction to your work?

The most surprising reaction to my work was only a week ago. While having a interview with editor of turning pro magazine Grant Scott for an upcoming magazine article on my work I was being bombarded with so much praise for my work and approach to it, telling me how much stuff he sees and how much mine stands out from the rest! this all from this professional photographer of 20 years.

 

Could you tell us something about your work process?

The overall process for any shot begins with a scout around the chosen area for the shoot looking at angles and viewpoints. Once I’ve made a final decision on the angle that usually depicts which lens I shall use so the subject next it lighting. If needed then it’s a careful process of getting my flash units positioned just right and at the right power, it’s easy enough to know where they should be roughly but it’s the fine tuning of the angle of them that can make a ordinary shot a spectacular shot.

 

What is one of your earliest memories of being creative?

So many memories from hogging the family camera on holidays, drawing and painting with my mum and granddad to making a bed sheet den with my younger sister directly after watching robin hood. All of these memories to me show and describe what was an underlying creative nature and what was the start to different areas that make up my creativity as a whole.

 

What would you have done differently during your career so far and what advice would you offer to others?

Ask questions! If there is one thing I wish I done was ask people with knowledge more questions, I spent many years struggling and learning the hard and slow way because I didn’t ask question. Some might say well just study, but not everybody is cut out for the learning environment, if your motivated enough to want to further your knowledge then you can turn every day into a lecture or lesson.

 

Would you advise people starting off in your field to continue in education and develop, or go out into the world and learn in the field?

I think the obvious answer is to continue education as you get a full understanding of the practical side of things and how to manage yourself and potentially shown to more open doors within the industry. But that’s not for all and there are ways and means of getting there alone, just expect it to pretty much be your life until you do “make it”

 

What other thoughts would you like to share?

Whatever creative field you’re in make sure you’re pushing your own creative boundaries and if you’re not enjoying it you’re not doing it right.

 

Regarding freelance are you available?

Yes I am. I have, and still am willing to travel a fair way for the right kind of work.

 

Do you have any software training relevant to your field?

I have no formal training what so ever but I do have a very good understanding of how to use Adobe Photoshop, light room and In Design to their best

 

If you would like to contact Sam regarding any freelance work please feel free to contact him.

Mobile Number: 07708954617

Email Address: Sam’s email address

 

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