I think we’re all a little cheesy at heart.
Name: Ruth Bartlett
Hometown: Dalston, London
Style of photography: Cinematic, momental, hopefully at times amusing and special.
Type of camera(s): All sorts, but the best of the litter have to be my Bronica Zenza ETRS, Rolleiflex SL35, and various polaroid cameras.
What gives you inspiration?
Good light, bad signwriting, special places, silly people, late nights. The list could be endless if I really started thinking about it.
What are your influences?
I don’t like to look to other people’s work too much, but I will say I used to have a serious soft spot for Ryan McGinley and Nan Goldin. These days I give more attention to my surroundings to influence my work. And movies. Lots and lots of beautiful movies.
Why did you choose these photos?
Because I was only allowed to pick four.
What does photography mean to you?
It’s something I’ve done for so long I’m not sure it’s something I could fully rationalise. But (to try) I’d have to say my Pops used to let me use his Pentax AF Zoom when I was a kid and a 5x zoom was a big deal then. What I perceived to be an enormous privilege made photography really important to me. Now it’s necessary. It’s a way to hold onto fleeting intangibles like the spirit of a party, an amazing light, a place or time you know you’ll probably never see again. I know that sounds endlessly cheesy, but I think we’re all a little cheesy at heart, and that’s why a beautiful image – personal to one person – can translate to a viewer.
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