Photography is about letting people see how I see.
Name: Jonny Finch
Hometown: Godalming, UK
Style of photography: Film based lifestyle with a touch of fashion.
Type of camera(s): My friends Olympus OM-1, Nikon D60, Yashica T4, Polaroid, Zenit-E and my Granddads’ Kodak Vigilant Junior Six-20
What gives you inspiration?
I guess my main inspiration would be a few of my close friends, when I go back to my hometown we end up going to some pretty cool places and doing interesting things so I’m always seeing things I’ve never seen before and that’s pretty inspiring to me. Music inspires me, I get a lot of my ideas when listening to music, I start seeing pictures and then I’ll go out and try and capture them. Also sunshine, I chased the sun a lot this summer, you’re always more inspired when the suns out.
What are your influences?
Films have been a big influence on me, really well shot movies like ‘Rushmore’, ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’ and ‘No Country For Old Men’ I appreciate good cinematography. At the moment I’m quite into ‘Ryan McGinley’s’ work, It’s influenced a lot of stuff I shot this summer in terms of subject matter, youth and exploration and so on. I like a lot of imagery from the 1960′s and 70′s as well, everything looked a bit more innocent back then I guess I like the sort of raw, natural feeling you get from them knowing nothing has been tampered with and what see is what you get. That’s a feeling I try to portray in my work and I think shooting on film helps to achieve that.
Why did you choose these photos?
These four photos are some of the more recent shots that I’ve taken and I feel they best demonstrate where I’m at now in terms of my style and subject matter. They’re also the basis for my Final Major Project at college which I’m working on at the moment and they work well together as series which I think is real important because if they don’t work well together they run the risk of loosing their intended meaning.
What does photography mean to you?
I just really like the whole process of taking pictures, loading the film, getting excited about seeing something you want to take a photo of, the time between taking the photo and getting the film developed when you almost forget what you’ve shot, scanning the negs in and seeing if you’ve got anything good and then the best thing, when someone says they like one of your photos, it’s a good feeling. I guess it’s also about letting people see how I see, which can be quite a personal thing at times which is good, because it’s an aspect of someone you don’t normally get to see.
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