INTERVIEW: JAMES BROOK (PHOTOGRAPHER)

To kickstart the interviews, I decided to contact a few of my close friends that I believe are absolutely outstanding photographers producing some really amazing work and are KILLING IT at the moment (from a rather biased perspective, but it is defo true).

Here is my interview with James Brook.

FFO: VERY INTIMATE/PERSONAL DOCUMENTARY AND MORRISSEY

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Image taken from the series ‘Find me, nothing more’

Who are you?

My name is James Brook and I am 22.

Where are you currently based?

I am currently based in Leeds U.K.

What is your current photographic work about?

I have just finished a body of work that is in response to a song by The Smiths called “suffer Little Children” named Find me Nothing More. The way I have worked with this body of work is rather new to me as this is the first time I have photographed “traditional” landscape as some will call it. This body of work is currently being put together as a publication/exhibition.

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Image taken from the series ‘Find me, nothing more’

The images for “Find me, nothing more” have been made across about 4 month, but I have other ongoing works that I have been making images for over the last 1 to 2 years, such as “GOAL”; a project that is on my website that I am still taking images for. I feel it’s a project that will never really be fully finished as there is so much to explore with what I am photographing.

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Image taken from the series ‘GOAL’
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Image taken from the series ‘GOAL’
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Image taken from the series ‘GOAL’

What got you interested into photography and taking images?

I was never really into photography at all, I took Art at high school and then spent a year at building college, I still ask myself why now. I decided I really wanted to get back into art but I was never really sure what I was good at so I went to Batley School of Art and spent a year just doing a basic Art and design BTEC. After this I then went onto Visual Communications again at Batley School of art and I spent half of the first year obsessed with DADA and anything to do with political collage.  I started to find photography when we started to get photography briefs or more open ended briefs at college, but really what did it for me was my tutor at the time Oliver Boothryd lending me a book named “Magnum Football” (that I still have 4 years later) and the darkroom brief we got given at college. Both this book and brief opened me up to a new world that really blew me away, it really made me start to look at the things around me with a better understanding and appreciation.

 

Who are you inspired by?

For me inspiration is so wide, I find it so hard to look at photography and be inspired now and I am not really sure why that is. When I first started to understand photography more I really got into William Eggleston, Peter Mitchel, Tony Ray Jones, Rodger Ballen and Bruce Gilden but as I have started to produce different work and started to look into myself for the work I am making,  I have found myself looking at photographer’s like Peter Byrne, Steve Fitch and Jungjin Lee.

But for me as I said previously, I found it hard to look at photographic images and find inspiration for the work I create. I have found myself more and more looking toward pop culture, music, everyday life and “fine Artists” such as Jeff Koons and Gavin Turk for inspiration.

I feel that the work we make as creatives should be a view of what we see or how we feel and you can’t really get any inspiration from anyone but yourself with that.

 

What are your future aspirations?

To keep making images, start new bodies of work and to meet new people.

I also want to make others want to make art, no matter what art it is; I just want people to connect with what I do and then them to express themselves.

 

What advice would you recommend to young photographers today?

Buy books, shoot film and don’t be scared to show yourself via the work you make, its why we do it.

(Also listen to Morrissey and John Lennon)

 

 

If you want to keep to date with James’ work, you can follow him here:

Website: www.jamesbrookphoto.co.uk

Instagram: Jamesbrookphoto

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