“Aspects of their identities.”

 

George Downing is a Berlin based analog photographer who shoots amazing portraits. The light, the colours, the ankle but also the spontaneity of his work is what catches once eye.

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How did you discover photography?

I first discovered photography when I was about 16. Someone gave me a lomography camera as a present and I started taking pictures regularly with that.

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Do you remember the first set of pictures you ever took and really liked?

I think the first set of pictures I really liked were just black and white portraits of a friend I took on a Holga. I didn’t really have any idea what I was doing and double exposed a lot of the film, but I remember really liking how they turned out when I got them back from the lab. A lot of my favourite photos from when I was younger were happy accidents.

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You focus mainly on portrait photography, how did this come about?

I love taking pictures of people because I think the personality of the subject naturally comes through when their photo is taken. I really noticed this when I was working on my recent photo book “Hosting”: the photos of each of the guys I shot reveal aspects of their identities.

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How do you choose your models?

Most of the models I use are friends or friends of friends. I’m not really picky with who I take photos of. The more people I can find the better.

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Do your surroundings affect you? How so?

In terms of shooting my surroundings always affect me. I think it’s really interesting to shoot in new and unfamiliar places. I actually prefer to not completely explore locations before I do a shoot because I work better spontaneously – I find that more ideas come to me when I’m thinking on the spot and discovering a place for the first time as I’m taking pictures there.

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Is there a dream project you would like to work on in the future?

Right now I’m thinking of ideas for a second photo book. I really enjoyed spending a year focusing completely on one concept and formatting that into a zine. But I’d like to work on a bigger scale and spend more time working on the layout of the book; trying to make the design integral to the understanding of the pictures/concept, rather than just simply displaying each image linearly.

http://georgewdowning.com

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