Excerpts from our interview with photographer Jeremy Gibbs:
What is the philosophy about your photogra- phy? is there a general message or theme?
My philosophy is: ’Life is like photography, you use the negatives to develop‘. A friend once asked why my photographs were so ’dark‘ and up until then I had never thought of them as being dark in any way. But now I look at them and think maybe they are! I do have dark thoughts. But I think my photographs show hope. I hope that they are emotive and strong enough for one to look at and make up their own story. I photograph a moment in time, it should never be explained, it is up to the viewer to make up their own story.
What are you looking for when it comes to chosing models?
When I am shooting nudes I will be looking for a particular body shape that I feel will work best in the chosen location. For instance, in an industrial space a strong athletic body works well. I stay away from ’glamour‘ models, that look doesn‘t work in abandonment for me.
What do you like about your work and what would you like to improve?
When I first started shooting models in abandoned places 6 years ago there was maybe a handful of photographers working in this genre. These days it seems to be very popular but what makes mine stand out from the crowd I think is the models I use. A good model makes all the difference and I choose mine with great care.
What would I like to improve? Although I am known best for using only natural light and I do believe it returns the best results. But sometimes the low light in these locations ma-kes it impossible so I need to learn and start using strobes. Its next on my agenda. (smiles)
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