new genuary: introducing sophie green
Another year, another fresh batch of exciting young talent. Throughout the month of January we will be introducing the photographers set to define 2017. Capturing the world around them and interpreting it through the prism of their own experiences...
Photography Sophie Green
Sophie Green, 25
Tell us a bit about yourself and where you grew up?
I'm from London, and I'm currently based in the paradise that is Peckham.
How did you get into photography?
It all started at school. I've always been creative but photography was a unit within my art course that I instantly connected with. I totally immersed myself in other photographers' work. After that I saw everything as a frame; I wanted to take pictures all the time. I knew then I wanted to be a photographer.
What is it about the medium that appeals most?
The infinite opportunities and encounters I'm able to have with just the simple tool of a camera. I did a degree in Fashion Photography at London College of Fashion and after graduating in 2012, I full time-assisted photographers Tom Craig and Mel Bles for a few years. I'm still learning my craft but I feel I have always learned by doing and making mistakes.
Is a degree necessary to pursue a career in photography?
Not necessarily. A degree can't teach you ambition, determination, dedication, and talent. It's these elements that are really necessary to pursue a career in photography.
Who or what inspires you?
I am hugely influenced by cinema; Andrea Arnold, Pawel Pawlikowski, and Duane Hopkins are just a few directors that heavily inspire me. To me, they tell stories in a very honest and beautiful way.
How would you describe your aesthetic?
Intimate and raw.
What's been your career highlight so far?
Meeting lots of wonderful people who have let me portray their story through photography. Having my work published in titles that I really admire. My recent Dented Pride solo show and book launch published by Ditto Press - in collaboration with LAW Magazine and supported by Carhartt - was a significant feat. Dented Pride has been a work in progress for a few years now, I can't tell you how satisfying is it to have a book launch, exhibition, and t-shirt designs to mark the finish line of this body of work.
What are you working on right now?
I'm balancing a mix of personal projects, editorial, and commissions. I wish I could elaborate! I'm really excited to release a few new personal projects which I have been working on for the past year.
Who would you most like to shoot?
Any undiscovered heroes, movements, or subcultures out there.
Who is the photographer whose work you most admire?
Harry Gruyeart is a pure, original visionary - the color, his compositions, the layers, and texture in his work. I just can't get enough. I adore Albert Elms's work too; I just love the oddness he finds in the ordinary.
Where in the world would you most like to photograph?
I would like to go back to India again to shoot - I was lucky enough to go this year, the atmosphere and colors in the physical fabric of the cities are pretty beguiling. It is the most visually stimulating place I have visited so far.
Where do you go to feel creatively inspired?
Out of my front door.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
I love the books that publishers MACK, GOST, Steidl, Hatje Cantz, and Kehrer Verlag publish. I want more of my projects to complete in book format and it would be an honor to one day work with more supportive publishers. There are certain titles I would love to collaborate with (i-D magazine, ahem!). There are a few stylists I would like to work with too; I admire the work of Omaima Salem. There are so many talented people out there - the list is endless.
What are you most excited about for 2017?
Seeking new stories.
What are your new year's resolutions?
To learn eloquence and to welcome patience into my general being.
Finish this sentence: New year, new....
What do you stand for?
Human imperfections and vulnerabilities, the power of the human spirit, the weird and the wonderful, uniqueness, individuality, and the elimination of stereotypes.
What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
Continued happiness and gratitude. Emotional explorations. Educative interactions. All while hopefully producing thought provoking, original, and beautiful photography.
Photographer Sophie Green