Photographers are our eyes to the world. They educate us, inform us and inspire us.
Photography has only been around for 200 years. In what feels like a snap of the shutter, photography has been revolutionised in the last decade. Now everybody can be a photographer. The artists tool is just a button away on the smartphone. Whilst we can all take pictures, it doens't mean we're great artists. But can we learn to be better?
Lewis has been a proffessional photographer for over a decade. His work covers a vast repetorie but he specialises in looking at identity and enviroment through his work. He translates through and dreams into timeless photography that creates both community engagement and longevity. He's passionate that everybody has the potential to take great photos if only they listen to their unique artistic voice. His work has been featured in the Barbican Centre, Urbis Gallery and his clients have included the likes of BBC, SKY and Talkback.
Lewis will be delivering two workshops at the Settle Stories Festival offering you the chance to dip your toe into the water and enhance your photographic skills or learn to take better pictures for the first time. We caught up with him before his visit to find out more about what makes him tick.
Q: What inspires your creativity?
A: As I have come to specialise in “Identity and Environment” I find inspiration for my creativity in everything around me and everything that affects me. For example my Arts Council funded project “Culture of our times (nature vs nurture) came from an idea I had when I first learnt I was going to be a farther.
Q: Give one piece of advice to your younger self
A:Try to cut yourself some slack from time to time!
Q: Who is your artistic idol and why?
A: I would say Picasso is my artistic idol. For me Art and indeed life is all about taking on what was done before, learning from it and making it your own therefore for me what Picasso achieved in art is the ultimate expression of that.
Q: What is your key goal with your artistic practice?
A: This is a tough one but if I was to try and put it into a nut shell I would say that my key goal is to continue to learn and grow and be satisfied with the direction that this allows my practise to head towards.
Q: What are the stakes? What happens if you fail?
A: The stakes are obviously high because of the nature of the business you are always somewhat on the edge, however when you are on the edge the view is always much better! I don’t think that the word “fail” really comes into it. I know it is a cliché but then it is so for a reason, so how can you fail as long as you put yourself out there and give it a go. At the end of the day no matter what happens in the future for a large portion of my life I have gotten to do my dream job and the only thing I have wanted to do since I was six. If you can get to say that I don’t see how you can fail.
Q: If you could be any literary character, who would you be and why?
A: Another hard question and one that I had to ask a friend about who is doing a masters in literature. She said I would be Roland Deschain from Stephen Kings Dark Tower. This is because despite his difficulties in formative years he is a very disciplined and dedicated person who is totally focused on his quest (which in my case I guess is photography) and works outside of normal society.
Q: What would your epitaph say?
A: Nothing to see here, move along!!