Tuesday 13 December 2011

artist showcase #7

This week, I'm featuring a wonderful photographer, and very beautiful lady, Laura Wilkinson..

1. Can you give us a little bit of your background?

I'm currently in my third year of BA photography at University College Falmouth and I'm originally from Walsall in the Black Country. My work centres around people, human connections and our interactions with the landscape.

2. Did anything in particular make you go into your field of work?

One of the first pictures I ever took was on a little Kodak digital camera in London when I was 14 of 'the pigeon man' in Trafalgar Square. It's still one of my favourite pictures. I remember it got me really excited about photographs and I started to use photography as a visual diary after that.

3. What inspires you?

Nan Goldin, Corinne Day, Ryan McGinley, Larry Clark, Yuergen Teller...anything to do with youth and human interactions and things that lie on that boundary between social document and fashion. I was also into landscape and street work for a while. I loved the British realism, black & white stuff from the 1980's like Chris Killip's 'In Flagrante'. Then I saw William Eggleston's work and I got into using colour.

Besides that, I try not to take the little things for granted. I like people watching, drinking lots of tea and having dinner with friends.

4. How do you work?

It depends what I'm doing. If I'm looking for things out on the street then it really relies on walking and looking and hoping to find something. I try not to look for anything too specific at first. When I'm photographing people it seems to be about knowing the right moment too.

5. What's your favourite medium to work with?

Definitely analogue. There's something tangible about film that digital can't replicate. I'm heading more into mixed media with my new work...using photocopiers, ink, paint...I miss drawing classes in college a lot.

6. Which piece of work are you most proud of?

Probably the Polaroids I took of some friends last year. They're very different to the landscape and street work I went on to do afterwards but they're something I've gone back to now in my new work.

7. What are you upto right now?

I've just started the third year of my degree. My new work is looking into notions of identity. I'm taking fashion aesthetics and subverting them through mixed media...photocopies, paint, tearing,'s all very new so i'm seeing where it goes!

8. Anything else you think we should know?



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