Danny Spruce: Photographer

 

 

There are hundreds and hundreds of different styles of photography.

IMG_1833Daniel Spruce, 22, just so happens to be exceptionally skilled in the execution of most of them. Moving from his home town of Scunthorpe to study photography at the University of Huddersfield, Danny has probably taken a million photographs by this point.

The Arts Platform got to take up some of Danny time, here’s how it went.

Tell us about your self and at what age did you find your interest in photography?

“Well… I’m Danny, I grew up in a small village outside of Scunthorpe, I went to college at John Leggott College to study photography and found myself travelling to Huddersfield to pursue it further. The reason I started taking photos started in Paris, it was my 16th birthday and I was in the middle of Paris, with a new camera. I went crazy and took photos of everything, mostly embarrassing photos of my bad hairstyle choice at the time. But when I was looking back through them I realised I had some good photos.”

 

How would you describe your photography?

“My photography changes with every brief I receive, depending on what the client would like as the outcome. However, there’s always ways I try to make my own stamp on my photography, I try to keep the manipulation to a minimum so that the photo can speak for itself, I use very strong contrasts in the images and I like to keep tones and to a select few so not to distract away from the subject of the photo.”

 

Why fashion photography and not any others?

“Fashion photography is a passion, however its not all that drives me. Fashion projects allow me to bring my ideas to life, a very cliché concept, however still true, no matter how big or small an idea is. Fashion photography also has a way of triggering ideas that might not necessarily be a fashion project but a project hinged around that inspiration. Most of my projects have been fashion briefs however towards the end of my degree I pursued more personal projects, which required a more fine art perspective.”

When did you decide to pursue it as a career?

“As a career, I decided photography was what I wanted to pursue, when I saw how my peers and idols got started. They started with nothing and worked their way through the industry to become who they are today. Giving hope to anyone who wants to pursue anything as a career, as long as you put the time and effort in you can have anything.”

Who in the photography world inspires you?

 

“My inspiration in the photography world comes from Rankin, a pro photographer to the stars and a guy from humble beginnings. He was the first photographer that I bought a book of and looking through his photos has me mesmerised still to this day.”

Who outside the photography world inspires you?

“Movies and advertisements inspire me constantly, I like to analyse them until I can understand exactly how they were composed, how they used light to create that certain effect or just how well the environment worked in their composition. From this projects form, ‘Baker Street’ came from an old Levis advert, which inspired the China Town location.”

 

What drives you?

“I don’t really have a drive, its always been impulse; it push’s me to take risks, make mistakes and always find myself somewhere I didn’t think the work would take me. As long as you put yourself out there and try different ways of doing things, it might not be where you thought you would be going but it’s better than where you were.”

 

What’s your favourite part of the whole process?

“My favourite part of the process is taking the photos, theirs nothing better than having a studio full of people ready to help out to create something beautiful.”

What is it like working with different people all the time? Such as models, stylists, make up artists?

“It can get hectic working with lots of people; it takes time, planning and a lot of patience. But they’re always pros, more people means more eyes on the finished product. Which means there is more scrutiny, but it also means the finished product is stronger. But if anyone wants advice on how to progress their photography, you should definitely include more people to the process. Getting to know a stylist’s point of view helps with composition in the images, makeup artists make you consider details in the skin and Models allow you to build on your own direction skills.”

 

What is the biggest struggle you have come across?

“The biggest struggle is trying to find last minuet dropouts. I’ve been up on Facebook till 3 in the morning looking for a new makeup artist for the following day.”

 

How do you find inspiration?

“Inspiration is always there to be found; it just depends on how long you look.”

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Photograph by Danny Spruce.

In the photography world, there is a lot of trend setting, for example people using similar tones, do you think there are trends in photography?

“There have always been trends in photography; the strength of the movement behind it depicts how far that trend will go. Now that we have digital manipulation tools the scale of trends can extend further than ever. When a trend starts to get some traction and people start to recognise it and reuse it; it becomes a Genre.”

 

If you do think so, do you follow these trends or do you try and set your own?

“I sample trends, I try to stay away from the more experimental ones but I like to stick to the oldies, double exposures and black and white remain the few I always use.”

What type of camera do you use? And do you use different ones for different styles?

“I like to stick to using Nikon and Cannon cameras; I use Nikon for Landscape and Cannon for portraiture.”

Do you carry a lot of equipment along with you or do you just go with the flow of things?

“The best set up for me is a camera; I like it to be very natural when you find a photo, point and shoot. It also draws a lot of attention when you carry around a lot of gear so I like to sink in to the background.”

 

What software do you use afterwards?

“Adobe CC is the only post-process software that I use, it keeps everything simple and all the applications work together seamlessly.”

 

Do you think social media sites such as Instagram are a positive or a negative for photographers? And why?

“Instagram is a great app; I’m on it more than anything. It can be a great platform to get your work out there. I try and stay away from using Instagram to edit photos because every filter has being used thousands of times before. Now that the restrictions have been lifted people can upload whatever size image they choose, and with this we start to see diversity in posts. Still doesn’t stop you from posting the odd selfie though.”

 

Which do you prefer, digital or print photographs?

 

“I’m a fan of both; they both have they’re uses. When I want to get the details in the image out, I’d use digital. But if you want to experiment with the image further id use a print method.”

It is clear to anyone who has an eye, or not, for creative masterpieces that Danny has that something that many people dream of having. Studying his passions histories and looking everywhere and anywhere for inspiration surely gives Danny that extra bit of creative genius that will take him very far in the world of photography.

Take a look through the photographs Danny has provided us and you will see for yourself how talented he really is. Learn from Danny to see what he has done as does when looking at other peoples work.

 

We look forward to seeing what other tricks Daniel has up his sleeve.

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Extraordinary People by Louis Fitzpatrick

 

Back in December of last year, we had the pleasure of interviewing aspiring photographer Louis Fitzpatrick. Since we last caught up with Louis he has completed one of his collections which will be published on his website shortly. However, The Arts Platform has been given exclusive access to publish the collection.JPEG image-C53F8461DEBE-1.jpeg

The series named “Extraordinary People” is a collection based on how people are perceived. How we as individuals judge and make assumptions before we know anything about others.

“I have taken each image in a way that doesn’t reveal the subjects background, unbeknown to the viewer each individual has an amazing story to tell. Once the narrative is revealed the viewer’s perception of that person may change. The series is to show why we shouldn’t judge people based on their appearance.”

Using the Nikon D800, Louis created a collection that is of high quality images that once explained can cause a viewer to do a double take, to appreciate the photographs and individuals in a different way.

“My favourite thing about producing these images was getting to know each of the individuals personally. At each photo-shoot I had to opportunity to chat with each of the models and find out about their extra ordinary stories on a one on one basis; at one of models houses I spent a couple of hours chatting before even taking any photos.”

Louis has taken the opportunity to tell the stories of those who otherwise would not have a chance to. Taking something that potentially can be extremely personal, Louis has respected each individual and in turn developed a collection that makes its viewers think twice about how they perceive others.

We look forward to seeing what new collections Louis will be creating over the next year.

Update: Extraordinary People is now available to view via Louis’ wesbite via this link http://www.daukarhoto.co.uk 

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Erin Moore: Photographer 

How many people can say that their hobby is their job? Or that their job is their favourite thing to do? Not many is the answer to both of those questions. It’s a rarity in this world to come across people who truly without a doubt love their job.12670552_1074197065977859_8137604685492332200_n.jpg

Erin Moore,21, is one of those lucky people. Driven by her need to create art and to be able to say something with it, Wakefield born Erin is a photographer/journalist/professional gig finder.

Since the age of 11 I’ve always carried a camera around with me.

Self teaching throughout her younger years helped Erin through her A level photography course which swiftly moved her on to a degree in Contemporary Photographic Arts, which she graduated with a 2:1 in 2015.

During her degree, Erin came to realize that she could potentially make a career out of her photography.

In 2014, Erin set up Forte Photography, where she works as a freelance live music and portrait photographer.

 

My love for capturing emotive photographs of musicians fuels my ambition to work with huge bands, artists and the biggest shows in the world.”

Working as the photographer in residence for the Yorkshire Live Music Project (Link below) and also a photographer for the online music magazine Backseat Mafia, creating content for their websites by covering gigs, concerts and festivals in Yorkshire. Photographing bands and artists such as; Bring Me the Horizon,Bowling for soup, The Pretty Reckless, Like a storm and Escape the Fate. Erin has also been writing for online magazine Backseat Mafia (Link below).

In 2014 Erin got one of the biggest breaks a music photographer could wish for. Lead singer, Taylor Momsen, of The Pretty Reckless re-posted one of Erin’s gig photographs on Instagram. As with any of Taylor Momsen’s posts the photograph of her got over 44,000 likes on Instagram. The iconic photograph was then printed onto thousands and thousands of T shirts for fans around the world to buy.

 

When it comes to shooting for her job, Erin has perfected the way she approaches every new project.

 

For the band I am shooting, I will check out other shots people have taken of them on the tour. To see how the lighting has been or see if they have their own lighting guy. I will research the way the band moves around the stage, so I can work out the best position for me to be in to get the best shot that I can.”

Discovering her passion at young age gave Erin an advantage others late to the game could wish for.

Take a lot of photos, you will only get better the more work you produce.”

To further her knowledge of photography, Erin constantly researches different photographers in her own field and in others in order to develop her skills. Networking with photographers by getting to know them and chatting about their editing techniques is another one of Erin’s way to improve herself as a photographer.

 

Black and white, high contrast photographs are my favorite styles of photography. My ‘Bring me the horizon’ shots are some of my favorite ever. I used the Sigma 35mm Art series lens and it was perfect for their dramatic lighting. Super sharp photos.”

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Oliver Sykes of Bring me the Horizon photographed by Erin Moore at Doncaster Dome

Mixing two of her life’s loves is a great way to live. Erin not only gets to photograph every day but she also gets to photograph some amazing bands and artists.

In the future I would love to be shooting every weekend at festivals and/or touring with a band.”

Speaking of the future, Erin also has big plans to start her own project with close friend and journalist Emma Mcyntire.

It will hopefully be starting very soon. Networking, putting myself out there and shooting a lot will get us there!”

 

The Arts Platform is a diving block for any and all creative people. We are inspired by the creative young talent out there and only hope for the best when it comes to our featured talent.

We look forward to seeing what Erin accomplishes in the next year and look forward to meeting back up with her and Emma when their project is heavily underway.

The Yorkshire Live Music Project – www.ylmp.co.uk

Backseat Mafia – www.backseatmafia.com

If you want to see more of Erin’s work now, then check out her Facebook page, Forte photography. https://www.facebook.com/forte.photo.uk/?fref=ts

 

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Louis Fitzpatrick: Commercial Photographer 

 

5979_1053708054693427_2365032716626670657_nWhen Louis Fitzpatrick,22, from Altofts in Wakefield, first started his foundation degree in photography at Wakefield college, he was unaware of how much he would grow to love the course. Fast forward four years later and Louis is now in his final year of his BA Hons commercial photography degree at the University of Derby.

During his foundation degree at Wakefield college Louis learnt about different styles of photography and over the course learnt different techniques and about different photographers that inspire him even now.

“Throughout my time in education I have developed a passion for photography, along with strengthening my technical skills. It enabled me to be creative and in a way that allowed me to be in total control of the outcome, leaving me to develop my own style of work”

Inspired by photographers such as; Jane Bown, August Sander and especially Toby Keller.

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Image by Louis Fitzpatrick inspired by the work of Toby Keller.

“Keller uses slow shutter photography, this type of photography enables you to paint with light in a way and creates a ‘neon’ effect.”

 

Louis has a keen interest in commercial photography which he hopes to peruse a career in. Recently getting into portrait photography Louis is constantly bettering himself to become an even better photographer.

“It would be a dream come true to make it in the industry.”

Speaking on other types of photography, such as fashion, Louis says he could not truly create something amazing if his heart isn’t in it.

Louis works on a range of different projects whether it be; for personal use, for university or for clients. As a young developing photographer, Louis has become more confident with how he handles projects. He says “Every new project starts the same… With an idea. No matter how stupid or unrealistic it is. I work on the idea to make it possible.”

Treating every project with such attention shows just how much of himself he puts into each photograph he takes. Taking an idea that is unrealistic and making it happen is a sign of a dedicated photographer who at a young age shows the maturity of a photographer who has been in the industry for years.

“Nothing is impossible.”

Louis is driven by self motivation and the positivity of the people who he surrounds himself with. He says “They inspire me to push myself further all the time.”

“I always want to be a better photographer. No matter how good I think a piece of work is, I always want to produce something better the next time.”

Developing an online photography portfolio called ‘Daukarhoto’ (the link is down below) which translates to ‘photography’ or to ‘take a photo’ from the afroasiatic language known as Housa. Louis has amassed a following of people who take an interest in the style of photography Louis produces.

You can follow Louis journey through photography through his portfolio. Looking through the different collections it’s interesting to watch how he has grown as photographer from his first sets of photos to the latest photographs.

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Speaking of the future, Louis says he hopes to see himself working in advertising as he is particularly interested in commercial photography. Currently prioritising his degree which will open doors for him, he will focus on getting his name and his work out there once he has graduated from university.

Here at The Arts Platform we look forward to seeing how Louis will progress from now.

Check back in a couple of months where we’ll be back with Louis discussing and focusing on one of his many collections.

If you want to see more of Louis’ work now then check out his website http://www.daukarhoto.co.uk

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