This July MULL IT OVER recommends Will Robson-Scott.
JONATHAN CHERRY: What got you started with photography?
WILL ROBSON-SCOTT: I fell into photography by accident. I didn’t know what to do after school & didn’t see myself doing anything academic, a friend of mine had started a photography course so I just gave it a go to prolong the inevitable immersion into real life. It took me a while to find my feet and decide the route I wanted to take.
JC: Any emerging artists inspiring you at the mo?
WRS: I am more a fan of bodies of work more than specific artists, just like musicians, I prefer to quote albums or songs. Apart from bands that didn’t have time to make bad music like The Smiths, Tribe Called Quest, Nirvana or Talking Heads, they split or someone died.
I take a lot of inspiration from immediate friends, but photographers/friends would be Ollie Grove, Gavin Watson, James Pearson-Howes, Allessandro Simonetti, Gareth Phillips & Stephen K Schuster. One of my favourite books that I just revisited recently is by Kay Lynn Deveny called ‘The life and times of Albert Hastings,’ its a series of photos of an old fellow from Wales, with caption by him about what each photo is saying, its amazing and sad at the same time. Apart from that Horfe from Paris and Roid from London are doing some amazing drawing, blurring the line of fine art and street art, I hate the word street art.
JC: Whats your current project all about?
WRS: I have been shooting video recently and have 3 videos coming out in the next few months, I’m also about to embark on a few video portrait in NYC, and theres talk of doing another ‘Crack and Shine’ book, but we’ll see.
JC: Where are you currently living and how is it shaping you?
WRS: I’m currently in NYC, its an amazing city to live in and takes a while to get used to as the pace of life can be intense. The busiest cities can also be the most lonely.
JC: One piece of advice to recent photography graduates?
JC: Any big plans for 2012?
WRS: Travel, make work, money is also good. Maybe another book.
JC: Favourite tree?
WRS: Palm tree, you know its hot.