INTERVIEW: JOE GOICOECHEA (PHOTOGRAPHER, CURATOR AND CO-FOUNDER OF LOOSE)

FFO: WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHY SHOT ON THE STREET (USING 35MM OF COURSE) THAT YOU CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE. ALSO FOR FANS OF ALL THINGS LOOSE. 

 

CAR BOOT
JUNK IN THE TRUNK by Joe Goicoechea.

 

Who are you and where are you currently based?

I’m Joe Goicoechea. I’m 25 years old. I live in South East London but originate from Newcastle Upon Tyne (UP THE TOON <3).

 

What is your current photographic work about?

Just whatever catches my eye when i’m out and about with a camera. There’s no great master plan to it at the moment, i’m just enjoying shooting the world around me.

 

How and when did you form Loose?

Loose got started in July 2016, with two friends Charlie Warcup and Sam Hamer. We all worked for the same company at the time and were pretty sick of the work we were creating there so figured we should do something we had control over in our spare time. We picked the name Loose and then it all fell from there.

 

WHENITSHOT
STAY WET by Joe Goicoechea.
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LOOSE (cover image).

 

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HAVE A NICE DAY by Joe Goicoechea.

 

Why the name “Loose”? Who came up with it? What does it mean to you?

I think we were lying around in a park and thinking of loads of names and then a few weeks later when we decided to do something with it, Loose was the one we remembered. I guess at the time we picked it ‘cos we thought it sounded good but it’s come to embody the kind of approach we’re taking to the whole project.

 

What are the aims of Loose?

Fuck knows haha. We didn’t know when it started and we still don’t know now. We’re having fun working with artists and photographers we like. The more projects we can do whether they be exhibitions or zines or whatever, the better.

 

What projects have Loose got on the go at the moment?

To be honest we’re being a little lazy at the minute, we just finished our second exhibition which was a huge solo show of painter/guitarist in Slaves, Laurie Vincent, so we’ve just been on the chill since then. The only solid plan we have right now is a big ass group show next summer. We’re stoked on the idea so we’re starting to get the people and pieces in place for that. Other than that, we’re talking to a few people about publishing zines.

 

PORKROLLS
SCRAN IN A VAN by Joe Goicoechea.

 

How did it come about that you exhibited the painter/guitarist of Slaves, Laurie Vincent?

We got speaking to Laurie through Instagram in November and met up with him at one of his gigs. Initially he was thinking to maybe get involved in a group show but when we all sat down and chatted it through we though a big solo show was the way to go.

 

Do you ever accept requests by photographers wanting to publish their work through Loose and/or wanting to exhibit their work within a group show? Or do you prefer to handpick and directly ask photographers/artists you’re interested in publishing and/or exhibiting?

It’s a bit of both I think. We want to begin to do some more publishing and I imagine sometime in the nearish future, we’ll be putting an open call for submissions out there. But we’re also starting conversations with photographers/artists we like about potentially publishing their stuff. For exhibition stuff, so far, we’ve only exhibited people we’ve picked out ourselves but depending on the type of exhibition it could be an open call type situation. Essentially, I’m saying it’s good to do both those things.

 

SUNFLOWER
SUNFLOWER by Joe Goicoechea.

 

What got you interested in photography and taking images?

Hard to say really. I’ve always loved all forms of art and i’ve tried my hand (badly) at most of them at some point in my life. Photography has just stuck in recent years i guess.

 

Who are you inspired by?

I’d say my biggest inspiration is Ed Templeton. He comes at everything with creativity and i think that’s a pretty good way to go about things.

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PROTECT YOUR PIN  by Joe Goicoechea.

 

What are your future aspirations?

Curate sick shows with Loose and drink beer poolside.

 

Are you working on any future projects in your own practice? Whether it’s photography or another art form?

I don’t really know. I always have shitty little projects/zines/ideas that i start but never get round to finishing or printing them. Now that all the Loose stuff has chilled out a little, I am going to try and publish a zine of some of my own photos. Don’t hold your breath though aha.

 

What advice would you recommend to young photographers today?

Don’t listen to advice.

 

APARTMENTS
BALCONY by Joe Goicoechea.

 

To keep up with Joe and Loose, follow the links below:

Website: www.looselondon.com

Instagram: @joe.loose / @looselondon

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loose.london/

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