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Words and Images: Levi Miller I’ve always had a thing for iconic imagery. The earliest memory I have of this is way back when I was around siix years old and my father was painting the living room. There were white sheets over everything and the record player was blasting music. I can’t remember what it was, but I remember finding my way under the sheets to the drawer where all the records were kept and looking at the images on the sleeves. Then I looked through the pictures on the front of all the cassettes. I remember Simple Minds, The Eagles, Lionel Richie and Patsy Cline. There were loads more. Even when I hear these artists now, it’s those old sleeve images I picture. I remember having a Michael Jackson pencil case too. I’m not sure I even knew who Michael Jackson really was at the time, but it had his ‘Bad’ sleeve image printed on it. I thought it was great you could be famous enough to have your picture on a pencil case. I think attractive and eye-catching imagery interests me so much because I have quite a short attention span. I can focus quite well on things I am doing, but if something doesn’t interest me my brain just seems to flick a switch after a short while and I stop paying attention, stop listening and start allowing my eyes and ears wander about to pick up on something else.

down and looked through them and laughed. Even though the photos were rubbish, I loved the idea of being able to capture an image in a little box and have an actual photo replica of what your saw right there in your hands a few days later. I think that is why I still have a huge love of analogue photography. The instancy of digital takes away a lot of the magic for me. You don’t get the excitement, waiting to see what your pictures look like. Digital is brilliant, but a little too efficient sometimes!

“I loved the idea of being able to capture and in image in a little box.”

I always knew I wanted to do something in media as a career. actually, I initially wanted to be an actor. I attended an acting school for some years. When I was eleven years old I hit a car while cycling home from a friend’s house and made a complete mess of my teeth. Being a child, I thought it was the most noticable thing ever, like having a huge neon sign on your face. I continued to attend acting school but my confidence steadily disappeared and I eventually left when I was sixteen. I decided I could work be“I thought it was great you hind the camera rather than in front of it. I would write stories and scribble down script ideas and could be famous enough to got really into writing in general. When I finished have your picture on a pencil school I applied for a journalism course at university which I didn’t get. My mother heard about a case.” media production course and I decided to go for The first time I remember using a camera apart that. That’s where I started to learn about phofrom on holiday was when I was about nine. My tography and studied it during my first two years. uncle had borrowed our camera for a trip and It was film I really wanted to get into initially. I returned it while my parents were out. He gave wanted to create really stylishly shot features. At us three rolls of film too as a “thank you”. Being the start of my studies, we had to research some a kid I figured my parents wouldn’t know about portrait photographers for a project, and I found the rolls of film. I took the camera and one roll a book of Herb Ritts’ photography. I recognised and went out to play on our street. My home in a lot of the images straight away and completeDublin is next to a stadium and there was a big ly fell in love with his work. I remember seeing match on that day, so my friends and I went up Madonna’s ‘Cherish’ music video as a child and to the main road and I took pictures of them fool- loving it, so when I found out Ritts had directed ing around being stupid. We even managed to it, I was sold. He became a sort of role model. I get some policemen to stand in the photos with became completely immersed in his stuff along us. It was a total waste of film. It never occurred with Cindy Sherman, Richard Billingham and to me to take the film out of the camera and my Philip-Lorca diCorcia. Looking at their work gave mother noticed it and got it developed. I almost me the same excited feeling I got when I looked died when I got home from school one day and at those record sleeves years before. I bought a she confronted me with a closed pack of prints. Phoenix SLR for my project work and the love of She didnt really get that annoyed though, we sat photography just snowballed from there. www.wix.com/levimiller/index

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