ISSUE 2 A Childâ€™s Landscape Photography. M G Jackson
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ED ITO R’S LE T TER Hello and welcome to Loupe Issue Two, otherwise known as the difficult second album written on the tour bus! Last time I forgot to thank our stockists, which was
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from previous experience that good things
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in unpredictable English weather really doesn’t
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But seriously, it has been great to meet so many
has been great, from the guys at the Pro Centre
interesting people involved with the medium.
playing around with the cover of Issue One for an amusing tweet, to Gary at EC One Lab remembering
Connecting with people is so important. I
us from Vignette days. So a huge thank you to our
attended the excellent BJP Breakthrough
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Sessions during the Free Range degree shows
London’s vibrant photography community.
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MANDIP Portrait and words: Naomi Wood-Pearce
I am always inspired and moved by women who challenge standard notions of beauty and make me think about what we accept as 'the norm'. Mandip is one such woman. This image was taken on the eve of the EU referendum, in the pouring rain on the outskirts of South
very controversial. Mandip claims that
East London. As a British Sikh woman,
it was only by standing out so much
Mandip decided from a young age
in British and Sikh culture that she
that she wanted her children to always
was fully able to find her confidence
see their parents as equals. So about
and voice as a woman of faith in this
ten years ago, before the birth of her
society. Now the turban she wears
daughter, she began wearing a turban.
everyday serves as a reminder of her
In Sikh culture this is traditionally only
inner strength, beauty and faith, as well
done by men, making Mandipâ€™s choice
as her role as a woman and a mother.
Naomi Wood-Pearce is a freelance photographer currently based in Bristol. She splits her time between personal projects and commissions.
Ramael Walker (18)
POSITIVE VIEW Words: Luke Archer
One of the many people to contact us after seeing Issue One was Andrew Page, CEO of Positive View, a charity working with young people on Brixton’s Somerleyton Estate. Undoubtedly one of the capital’s most deprived estates, Somerleyton suffers from a dangerous mix of neglect, drugs, and violent gang conflict.
I admit that I was initially a little sceptical about what photography could do to help—it is hard enough to make a career in photography even without such a challenging background. However, when I met Page he pointed out several valuable skills that many of us as Whilst the surrounding area has seen an influx
photographers utilise on a daily basis: the
of young professionals (including me—I lived in
focus and patience to wait for that perfect
a property guardian scheme on a neighbouring
shot, the ability to approach and engage
estate for a short period), much of the local
strangers in a portrait sitting, the confidence
population has yet to benefit from the
to pitch yourself to potential clients or funding
increased affluence, which seems to merely
bodies, to name just a few. Whether or not you
co-exist alongside Brixton’s poorer
go on to have a successful career, practicing
communities. For example, a stone’s throw
photography develops transferrable skills.
away from the low level social housing of
Perhaps the most fundamental of these is self-
Somerleyton—where a number of young
expression. The ability to communicate your
people have lost their lives—is a market
own interests and feelings to others should not
venue selling cheese and champagne. The
be underestimated; it can be the beginning
contrast is stark, and surely unacceptable
of realising who you are, where you are, and
in a world-leading city like London.
more importantly, where you want to go.
Positive View runs a ten week course for sixteen to twenty four year olds centred around film and photography, with workshops taught by industry leading photographers such as Simon Roberts and Dougie Wallace. Over the ten weeks the participants experience gallery workshops, shooting in the studio, film developing, analogue printing, digital retouching and print production.
Ramael Walker (18)
LIVING ON THE E S TAT E I S H A R D BUT IT'S ALSO FUN BECAUSE Rea’kwon Warren (18)
WE ARE ALL LIKE A U N I T; W E L O V E AND SUPPORT
‘Since being around the Somerleyton estate in Brixton I have met people who I believed
were helping me and giving me directions but as I grew I understood that the path I was on was not that good because all types of things were happening around me and even to some of my friends. Living on the estate is hard but it's also fun because we are all like a unit; we love and support one another. The only time we have issues is if someone steals or puts you
Since taking part in the Take Aim Shoot project
in a difficult situation involving the police
I am now more focused and committed to
or your enemies. Since growing up on the
reaching my goals and ambitions because,
estate I have learnt to keep myself to myself
like the camera, what you frame is what you
as I do not want any problems from law
get. It’s the same with life, and what I frame
enforcement or anybody else for that matter.
in my mind is to be an A&R in music.’ Rea'kwon Warren.
â€˜I have been living on Somerleyton estate all my life. Growing up on the estate I am right now on the street trying to make some money to buy myself and my daughter
On the estate I have had so many encounters
some clothes, shoes and food. I had my
with law enforcement, gang members from
daughter when I was seventeen years old.
other estates, and also grown adults who don't
This is when I realized how important life is.
seem to understand my friends and me. I know photography has helped me to have a better understanding and view of my life. I now see where I'm going wrong and where I'm going right. In future I want to be a web designer and I can definitely say that taking pictures has helped me focus much better. I now also know how to use a camera so when I am designing I can also use my own pictures to create websites for people.â€™ Prince Ogunsanya.
I KNOW PHOTOGRAPHY HAS HELPED ME Prince Ogunsanya (18)
TO H AV E A B E T T E R U N D E R S TA N D I N G AND VIEW OF MY LIFE.
LE NAUFRAGE Interview: Charles-Frederick Ouellet
Le Naufrage could be viewed as a throwback to the ‘glory days’ of embedded reportage, recalling a time when black and white was associated with ‘truth’ and the camera didn’t lie quite as regularly as it does now. Grainy monochrome for gritty subjects, it was a man's world of gruff and tough photographers and perhaps it is this style that lends itself to the male-dominated world of fishing.
Yet the addition of large format landscapes and inventive gallery installs points towards a deeper story. We spoke to Ouellet to find out more.
What drew you to photographing fishermen for Le Naufrage?
Can you provide some background on the fishermen?
Over the past few years I have been investigating the
What you see in the project are images taken mostly
particular energy that surrounds communities that
aboard snow crab and shrimp fishing vessels. I would
have settled along the sea. I examine the sea as an
go on different trips (lasting up to ten days) every year
active element, with the view that its constant motion
with fishermen I’d find on my way along the Gaspesie
and dazzling power leaves marks on people and
coastline. I have plenty of different stories to tell, but
places alike. In Le Naufrage, I recount everyday life at
one thing that always struck me was the fishermen’s
sea along the oldest waterway of North America, the
ability to read the seascape. For people living on land,
Saint Lawrence River. These photographs address the
the seascape is pretty much the horizon line, but
fragile balance that exists between people and their
when you live at sea you start seeing the elements. I
environment. The series moves from raw depictions
was interested in representing those elements in the
to dreamlike impressions, looking for situations in
project; by photographing the wind, the clouds and
which human and nature haunt one another.
the sea, I added another perspective to the narrative.
It seems like you were very up close and personal with the crew. Did they mind being photographed? Well some of the crab fishing boats are quite small, so being up close in the photographs is just rendering what it is to live and work on one of these boats. As you probably know, fishermen are usually men of few words, but they are really welcoming people too. I always tried to help as much as possible on the boat but there were usually enough men on the deck for the job.
The project is reminiscent of the several iconic photo essays from the heyday of black and white reportage. Who are your influences? Men at Sea by Jean Gaumy is probably one of the greatest bodies of work on the subject but I was most inspired by the life long dedication of Anita Conti, the first French female oceanographer to travel with the Terre-Nuevas fishermen. I was drawn to the fishermen because I wanted to talk more generally about the land and history of where I was born. I come from a land which was discovered and explored through its waterways and this is something I investigate through my projects. Looking at this body of work, people tend to think I’m really into reportage but I'm much more a street photographer than anything else. Amongst others, I’m influenced by the work of William Eggleston, Saul Leiter, William Klein, Mark Cohen and Lee Freidlander.
The influence of street photographers such as Klein is apparent. Others might have discarded blurred images that you have embraced to great effect. By using movement and blurriness I feel I can get rid of the descriptive nature of photography. The images become poetic, almost mythical in their potential to reveal or suggest invisible forces. Sometimes you do things unconsciously, especially in photography. Looking at my contact sheet one day, I felt I had switched from a descriptive point of view to an immersive point of view. Suddenly all those pictures of movement with the fishermen at work made me think of the figure of the spectre. From then, I stopped focusing on the individuals as they'd become faceless. I was more interested in making images with ghostly characters. The metaphor came naturally; my mind had given me the answer on how I was trying to photograph. There's no political statement attached to that, just the idea of a constant battle with the elements.
T H E I M A G E S BECOME POETIC, ALMOST MY THICAL IN THEIR POTENTIAL TO REVE AL OR SUGGEST INVISIBLE FORCES
You were very drawn to the black and white work we featured in Issue One and you seem to work exclusively in monochrome. What is its appeal to you? I don't do colour work. That’s not a statement but I feel that I still have things to explore with black and white. If I ever feel limited by black and white in the future, colour work might just come naturally. For me black and white was not a choice but more a way of seeing; even when I do colour work it's usually quite monochrome!
There are different formats in the series including large format and panoramic. Why did you choose to have more than one? I don't think it was conscious. Depending on the subject, I usually take the camera which I feel most comfortable with. I work with many cameras but I rarely mix them as much as I did with this body of work. My work is mostly shown in galleries so I’m concerned by how the work interacts with these spaces. Since this project is about the feeling of being at sea, I tried to reproduce the space of the seascape in the gallery. I would use the images of the sea to create a horizon line and then hang the images of clouds above these. In the end, all these different formats give a delicate touch of chaos when mixed together on the gallery wall.
What is the significance of the images shot on land? At some point I thought I should try to get out of the boat to photograph the coastline. I was looking for areas relevant to the subject, photographing places where the fishermen communities had settled down as well as shipwreck sites. Iâ€™m fascinated by history, and navigation on the Saint Lawrence River is part of our maritime heritage. By photographing shipwreck sites along the coastline, I was adding the dimension of time to the project, linking past and present together.
I know you have more images to shoot - is there anything specific you need to add? You mentioned a book - will creating that make the project
Aside from completing Le Naufrage
complete for you?
what else do you have planned?
It's hard to end a project when you have been working
For the past two years Iâ€™ve been working on a project
on it for a few years. You keep thinking about all
around a French Canadian explorer barely known for
the images you missed or those you should have
his discoveries in North America. The intriguing part
taken. I still have to take photographs of a few more
of his story happened when he was returning to the
shipwreck sites during the summer. Sometimes you
colony after one major journey. His canoe was upset
have to think about the outcome of the project; it
in rapids and he lost his diary and the map drawn
helps you realise what is missing. I'm actually working
during his expedition. Having lost all his documents
on a prototype for this project which will hopefully
(which was not his only disaster), he rewrote and
be ready next year. By working on the sequence
redrew everything from memory, only to lose it all in
and the narrative of the book, I was able to identify
a fire later the same year. To complete the circle of
what images I should add to make it consistent.
misfortune, the missionary who accompanied him and had the job of writing the official records, lost the logbook and drawings in a fire a few years afterwards. From this Iâ€™m following and investigating his route, documenting the social and physical landscape that define our identities as North Americans.
Alpacas and Llamas, Sophie Adele Teasdale Colca Canyon, Peru, March 2016
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/ COMMERCIAL Photography: Wren Artists
The importance of personal work for photographers is much discussed and rightly so. Photographers often shoot commercially to fund their own projects, so work which combines personal and commercial interests is an attractive prospect.
Jennifer Turner, founder of the diverse and vibrant Wren Artists, is a prime example of an agent who is highly aware of the significance of personal work, currently touring an exhibition of her rosterâ€™s own projects at leading advertising agencies. Turner has brought together a few examples to illustrate just how important personal work has been for securing work for her artists and bolstering her agencyâ€™s reputation.
Felicity McCabe Previous page: Cala Lily #4, from the series The Arrow Above: Leila Yavari for Tatler
We see photography pigeon-holed more and more. Genres such as still life, portraiture, landscape, lifestyle, fashion etc. can define who a photographer is and how we interpret their images. In this case we’re dealing with the boxes ‘personal’ or ‘commissioned’. It’s these barriers that we attempt to cut through at Wren Artists. The photographers' ‘personal’ work is crucial, but the commissioned work equally so. We aim to inspire our audience, encouraging commissions in which the photographer can create a final visual that sits as proud in their portfolios as any ‘personal’ piece. The selected images here are an example of this, each one from the photographers' current portfolios.
With each and every project that comes through Wren Artists, be it personal or commercial, we endeavour to make relevant imagery that stands the test of time. The photographers' portfolios are built in a way to create a distinctive visual language in which each artist can continue to explore without constraint. It goes without saying how important the creation of personal work is for an artist, not just for our agency, but to the industry as a whole. Creating art work not only develops and progresses an artist's ideas and visual style, but can also shape and inspire ways of commissioning.
David Stewart Top: From a current personal series Bottom: For ITVâ€™s series, Houdini & Doyle
Luke Stephenson Left: From the project An Incomplete Dictionary of Showbirds Above: From the Jigsaw S/S 15 Campaign For Life Not Landfill
The image here of the coated woman was created by Luke Stephenson with The Corner London for Jigsaw’s Spring/Summer ’15 campaign. It was the first project we worked on at Wren. The agency called to say they’d been referencing Luke’s work An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds and asked if Luke would be willing to create a fashion campaign in the same style. That was one of the first breakthroughs at Wren. We were able to work with the client to create an effective campaign which completely celebrated Luke Stephenson’s visual personality.
SHORT FLASHES Photography: Wiktoria Wojciechowska
An unbiased panorama of faces; fleeting snippets of lives unknown but momentarily captured. This is the essence of Wojciechowskaâ€™s Short Flashes, a photographic series consisting of brightly lit, candid and composed images of motorcyclists driving home at nightfall in Chinaâ€™s Hangzou & Beijing cities.
Wojciechowska created the series as an attempt to interact with her new home in a way that transcended speech. Within each and every image, we are presented with an audacious insight into the life of strangers, captured within a hail of camera flash that
in the series, but it’s worth pondering the ethics
leaves no wrinkle or detail obscured.
of Wojciechowska’s street photography. If asked, how many of the subjects would have consented
Vulnerability is a key theme of the series, with
to having their images taken? What separates
most of the motorcyclists appearing either deep
Wojciechowska's approach from the tactics
in thought or surprised at Wojciechowska’s
of celebrity paparazzi who we are so quick to
presence. Few seem completely neutral and
denounce? Are the resulting images no more
one or two seem almost intrigued. As subtle
than a profiting and parading of the struggle
as it seems, each person has a story to tell
and misery of strangers? Even Wojciechowska’s
through details as small as the coverings on their
most ardent fans might see an ethical ambiguity
face, their choice of poncho or hat, and their
when considering the images from the
acknowledgement or ignorance of the camera.
subjects’ perspectives, though Wojciechowska assures that the few one-to-one interactions
The use of nightfall as the consistent setting
she had with her subjects, were friendly.
for the images is also an important feature of the work, heightening the sense of isolation.
Still, Short Flashes goes where many
In the midst of darkness, these strangers are
photographers daren’t even dream of, treading
given an almost spectral presence, drifting
the trifecta of social survey, co-ordinated
by in their masses, otherwise unnoticed
artistry and relentless dedication. Within
by the bustling population around them.
the commute of the presented strangers is
Short Flashes is thus a fitting title, hinting at
a beauty both mysterious and accessible,
Wojciechowska’s guerilla approach and the way
making it hard not to wonder about what’s
in which she quickly but gently steals these
woven within their minds as they ride on into
moments before they disappear into darkness.
the night, drifting like vibrant phantoms.
It’s easy to see the technical and logistical skill www.wiktoriawojciechowska.com
The book of Short Flashes was published this year by Bemojake and is available to purchase from their website: www.bemojake.eu
E VA STENRAM Photography: Eva Stenram Words: Iris Veysey
The female body dominates Eva Stenramâ€™s art. Frames are filled with arching torsos and lonely, disembodied limbs; ankles are flashed and legs stretched out. Stenram doesnâ€™t show us any faces or complete bodies but instead gives us mere glimpses of the human physique, closing in on its component parts.
Stenram has been remarkably busy, producing five new works in 2015: Hold, Arrangement, Score for a Sequence of Poses, Home-town Item, and Daydreams are Nicer than T.V. The first three formed part of Positions, an exhibition at the Siobhan Davies Dance Studio in London. Hold, 2015
Positions was devised primarily to inspire the dancers at the studio, so Stenram created works that spoke to the idea of the body in motion. In Arrangement, Stenram crops and manipulates
Born in Sweden, Stenram studied Fine Art
Irving Klaw’s photographs of Bettie Page
at Slade School before completing an MA
and other pin-up models, isolating arms and
in Photography at the Royal College of Art.
legs. Abstracted, the body parts are by turns
Describing herself as a ‘kind of photographic
beautiful and poignant: an outstretched
archaeologist,’ she works largely with found
arm flexes its hand like a ballerina, and a
imagery and footage. Stenram crops, re-
dangling leg ends in a grubby-soled foot.
photographs and digitally manipulates vintage pin-up photography and erotica, playing with
For Hold, Stenram re-photographed small
ideas of voyeurism, objectification and sexuality.
sections of a single image found in a pinup magazine, which she then projected from slides. Stripped of their obviously erotic context, the model’s poses take on a new ambiguity. Two women, interlocked, could be dancers mid-sequence, animated by the progression of the slides. Images once reserved for private consumption – hidden in the pages of a dirty magazine – are now presented like examples from a History of Art lecture.
Daydreams are nicer than T.V., 2015
Stenram addresses the theme of dance most explicitly in Score for a Sequence of Poses. Once again, pin-up images are cropped and rearranged. The final selection is a series of close-
Score for a Sequence of Poses, 2015
ups: raised legs, pointed toes, a hand cocked on a hip and the small of a back. Pinned up on a board in neat rows, they appear like a storyboard or a choreographer’s set of notes, as though each indicates a particular step. There is repetition: first
and placed below framed photographs. The
position, second position, third position, second
world depicted in photographs is brought
position. Though made up of still images, Score
out of the frame and into the gallery space,
invokes a sense of movement and rhythm.
transferred to a tactile, tangible object.
Recently, Stenram has begun to experiment
At present, Stenram’s work is on display at
with textiles. For Daydreams are nicer than
the Ravestijn Gallery’s 2016 Summer Show
T.V., she created two textiles with patterns
in Amsterdam. She is currently creating
based on sections from found erotic images.
new works for a solo show in the same
These were wrapped around mattresses
space, due to open September 2016.
ISSUE 3 DUE DECEMBER 2016
Eastfields Road, Mitcham, South London
TURNING POINT Photography and words: Niall McDiarmid
This is one of the first formal portraits I took in the street about twelve years ago. I was driving through Mitcham in South London when I caught sight of this older lady waiting for the bus, leaning on a road sign. I knew I only had a few minutes before the bus would come and she would be gone, so I quickly parked my car and rushed across the street. She seemed taken aback by my request to take a photo of her and it took quite some persistence to get her to agree. However, she eventually did and I took two frames. We chatted for a while about her life in South London and how she was off to visit her daughter before the bus arrived and she headed off. The photo was important because it gave me
Around six years ago, I began shooting more
the confidence to approach people in the street
regularly, travelling the country and building
and take formal portraits. Having the ability to
up a contemporary portrait of the UK. Since then
chat to strangers, explain what you are doing
I have photographed over 1500 people across
and the confidence to take a shot quickly is a
more than 150 towns, from Inverness all the way
good start to this style of photography.
to Bodmin in Cornwall.
Turning Point is a new feature curated
An exhibition featuring more than sixty
by Travis Hodges of Photo-Forum.
portraits from this project opens at the Oriel Colwyn Gallery in Colwyn Bay, North Wales from 1st Sept to 16th October.
Featuring: Charles-Frederick Ouellet, Wiktoria Wojciechowska, Positive View, Jennifer Turner ( Wren Artists), Eva Stenram