INTERVIEW: TIM SUNDERLAND (PHOTOGRAPHER)

FFO: BRITISH STREET PHOTOGRAPHY (FEATURING GLOOMY BRITISH WEATHER CAPTURED ON FILM) AND NOT YOUR AVERAGE/VERY COOL AND ARTSY SKATE EDITS

Who are you?

My name is Tim Sunderland and I am 19.

Where are you currently based?

I am currently based in Brighouse/Huddersfield.

What is your current photographic work about?

I am currently focusing on social documentation of the area I live in. I am also working on a zine “Bleak Months” looking at the change in seasons as well as a VX video that I have uploaded to YouTube.

Why have you named the zine “Bleak Months” ? What does this reflect?

Bleak months represents winter, I wanted to showcase the change in seasons from October to February.

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Are there any specific reasons that have prompted you to document the social goings on of where you live?

As a child I grew up on the streets I think this has given me the urge to document this area due to connection I have with it.

 

 

It’s really interesting to see how you’ve supported this project by working in other mediums like videography after seeing your VX video on Youtube. Did you previously make videos before you started working in stills? or did one medium influence the other?

I suppose Photography and Videography are quite similar. I have always been inspired by short movies such as Gueorgui Pinkhassov Instagram videos.

 

Skate footage and edits are also seen within your VX video “Bleak Months”,  do you think skating culture and the art world have crossovers? do you think that skate culture influences people to get into photography, videography and other art forms?

Very much so. Photography and Skateboarding seem to belong together. Skaters have a deep belonging to document the World around them and create art, such as Nick Jenson’s paintings.

 

Does your work within both photography and videography differ from one another or do you believe they are both similar in their style/approach/intensions? 

Moving image to me is very similar I think audio, such as nondirective speaking, can really help create a great video however a photo can say a thousand words 😉

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I see that Instagram is the main online platform that you use to showcase your photography? Is there any reason for this? Would you ever consider creating you own website?

Instagram is probably the most efficient way of getting my work out to masses,  nevertheless once my portfolio grows I will be creating a website.

 

What got you interested into photography and taking images?

My Grandad has been a big influence throughout my childhood as he taught me how to use film and he also gave me my first film camera.

 

Have you kept up using analog technology within your practice after you were first introduced to film by your Grandad? or have instead switched to digital? or do you use both technologies within your practice?

I have kept it analogue due to the simplicity and the beauty of film. Developing pictures and getting great results back is what analogue is all about.

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Who are you inspired by?

I have been inspired by a range of photographers throughout the years that I have been taking photos, however I am currently inspired by the likes of Mark Power and Ren Hang, and of course Martin Parr, who has been a longstanding favourite of mine due to the fact that he is a local photographer.

 

What are your future aspirations?

In the future, I would like to create a bigger and better profile, and just keep creating art.

 

How long do you think we’ll be waiting to see the release of your zine?
In the next month once I can get in contact with a decent print maker.

 

What advice would you recommend to young photographers today?

 Just keep on shooting.

 

Cheers for the interview Tim!

You can keep up with Tim’s work via his Instagram @tim.sund and his Youtube channel.

 

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