In the summer of 2014, a talented young photographer won our first ever Open Road competition. Here, he shares his journey.
WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHY
I have a reputation for photographing uncanny scenes that seem to lack any obvious sort of subject matter and others are often left wondering what led me to capture the scene in the first place. With the rapid growth of the Internet in my lifetime, my eyes have been littered with images and thus I have developed a very specific way in how my eye responds to these visual stimuli; even when I was younger I would look through history books just for the illustrations because they were more efficient and more exciting than the words that told the story. This is probably why I chose to start taking photography seriously; ever since I can remember, they’ve always inspired me to listen more closely or, in the case of a photograph, see.
Before I embark on any shoot, I always do a basic Google Search to create a foundation for what I want to my images to look like. When I’ve photographed events or establishments in the past, I’ve always started by creating a visual mood board of what aesthetic I’m trying to achieve; taking all the best bits from other people’s work and applying them into one collectively great idea. There is also the cliché within photography that equipment doesn’t matter and I am a great advocate of this, especially with the rise of the smartphone. My Instagram account is basically a diary of my location scouting, whether I am doing it consciously or subconsciously. I used to carry my DSLR with me everyday but now I just take my phone, knowing that I can still create the images that I notice when exploring. The secret is actually in knowing what to spot and unfortunately, that cannot be taught.