JONATHAN CHERRY: What got you started with photography?
ALEX DIXON: I got into photography through painting and in a sense painting gave me the foundation to start photographing. I did an art foundation in Bath and throughout that year I started experimenting with photography. In a way it revealed a new element to me in terms of creating imagery and pushing its boundaries.
JC: Any emerging artists inspiring you at the moment?
AD: At the moment photographers such as Max Farago and Neil Krug are producing some exciting stuff. Both create such powerful yet at the same time subtle photographs.
JC: Whats your current project all about?
AD: It’s called ‘Form’ and it looks at the repetition of “form” through photography, paintings and sketches. The work focuses on materials and objects that contrast against the strong mark making of the paintings and sketches. As a result of this it produces an odd relationship between the mediums. The project was edited into a newspaper zine and the reason for this was that I saw the project as a sketchbook and wanted the viewer to see my thought processes.
JC: Where are you currently living and how is it shaping you?
AD: I’m currently living in Nottingham and studying photography at Nottingham Trent University. Nottingham is an up and coming city and more and more creative people seem to be attracted to it, which is cool.
JC: One piece of advice to recent photography graduates?
AD: Push boundaries, do something out of your comfort zone. It’s something I’m starting to realize about my own work whether I like it or not. If you don’t take risks with your work it won’t progress as far as it could. You win some and you lose some just learn from your mistakes and carry on photographing.
JC: Any big plans for 2012?
AD: I want to carry on producing zines, working in collaborations and hopefully exhibit some of my work somewhere. I just want to keep producing new imagery and see where it takes me.
JC: Favourite tree?
AD: Weeping Willow.