An artist with a great sense of understanding and insight into the human condition within his photographs, this week’s featured artist is fine art photographer and writer Greg Allum from Brighton, England. Drawn to the unknown and inspired by his love for poetry, he captures his female subjects with an impressive mix of intimacy and sincerity.
When asked about his personal work and approach to art, Greg answered:
“My work has often described by others as an extension of Francesca Woodman and I can’t deny she has been a massive influence but I’ve been inspired by my own life and the moments I’ve encountered. A lot of my art is truly ‘in the moment’ and I avoid planning the outcome of a shoot. I do not use stylists or make-up artists. For me, the day of the shoot is unique and what is created in that moment can only happen once. The models I’ve photographed are either lovers or people I’ve desired, or desire. I’ve been lucky to have been around beautiful and insanely creative women.”
With his sources of inspiration constantly varying as time passes, he is now in the middle of experimenting with double exposures and movement. We couldn’t be more excited about all the new work coming up, because only when you allow yourself to be surprised with the art you’re creating that you’ll enjoy the process and the results will be mostly fascinating.
Greg reveals more about his thoughts and processes in our short interview below.
1. Name someone whose art makes you shiver.
Caravaggio or Edvard Munch speak to me a lot.
2. If you had to choose a camera + film to shoot with for the rest of your life,which combo would it be and why?
35mm: Nikon FM3A and Neopan 1600 (Pulled to 800)
120: Hasselblad 500 CM and Neopan 400
3. If you could time travel to the past and be the assistant of a great photographer, who would it be?
I would never like to be an assistant. I’m a control freak and would annoy the photographer, BUT, if I was forced to choose then it would be Lee Miller.
4. Can you share the weirdest situation you’ve faced being a film photographer?
I have many strange experiences involving asylums in random places like Oslo but these stories are told through my images better than by words.
5. If you had to choose a movie that defines you both, personally and aesthetically, which one would it be?
Annie Hall – Woody Allen
6. Do you remember the photo you took that made you feel proud for the first time? Can you share it with us?
Very much so (see photo below). I spent years experimenting with different film at different speeds until one day an image came out exactly how I wanted my art to look. In that moment, my life changed. I spent 8 years shooting with Neopan 1600 pulled to 800 until they discontinued it (and broke my heart). The texture, the grain, it was everything I wanted from my photography.
7. At Whattaroll, we believe that inspiration can come from many different sides. Can you write down and share with us a paragraph from the book you’re reading at the moment?
“Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s wherethe most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go.” ― Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost
8. Describe your shooting routine.
I don’t have a routine and as such, I shoot quickly. I get high off of my shoots and feel as if I’m sugar coated when I spot an image through the viewfinder that excites. These days I will shoot 2 maybe 3 rolls of 120 film per shoot. Quality not quantity.
9. Speaking of portraits, who’s the face you’d love to photograph but haven’t had the chance to have in front of your camera yet?
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