Introductions – The Future Is Papier Mâché
Today I am going to introduce another blog I have been following for quite a long time, and I thought it would be good to show because his work is very different to mine, also quite different to any of the other people I have shown. I hope you feel it is important for me to show a variety of work. So the introduction today is to Richard from The Future Is Papier Mâché.
Richard does a lot of street photography and finds some of the most interesting characters. He does something that I find really amazing and something I can’t do, he goes up to people and asks if he can take their photo. He obviously gets a lot of people agreeing to let him.
I asked Richard why he takes photos and he said this, “I’m interested in finding narratives in everyday life, and exploring how putting a frame around objects or events skews our perception of them.”
In my mind London has always been full of really interesting characters. People who dress differently and don’t look like the normal conservative population that we are used to. I find Richard’s photos just confirm my view of what I think London is like.
Inspiration is something else I asked him about, “I don’t really believe in inspiration, but I do believe in motivations and ideas. These come from all over the place – current affairs, pop music, art, other photographers etc. But my best shots are taken without a thought in my head. I think something happens where all these influences come together in the moment and inform everything from the lighting to the composition.”
There are also a number of images that are quite interesting, not so much for the person that is in them, but for the story that you can see in them. I love trying to guess what the person is thinking or doing. It would be interesting, I think sometimes, if Richard could get writers to respond to some of the work.
Of course, with someone taking photos like this, I had to ask how he works, “Most week days I take photographs on the streets of London, a lot of the time without an agenda, so pictures of anything that interests me. I shoot for about 2 hours per day and have learned to walk very slowly (it has helped me capture things I would otherwise miss). For the past year or so I’ve specialised in street portraits of the stylish or interesting (or both), and met a lot of great people as a result.”
Richard also does some images that I like that I find really interesting, I know I have used that word a lot today, but I can’t think of another one. I love the way he does images that are looking into windows, and there are reflection in reflections, and shadows. They are quite amazing, I find them like a puzzle, and I have to try and work out what it is. There is an abstract nature that I love.
My final question was about the gear or camera he uses, “Sony a200, usually with a Sony DT 50mm AF f/1.8 lens, but sometimes with the 35mm equivalent.”
I don’t have black and white images on my blog very often, but Richard works mainly in that format. I have found some colour images, though I must say I tried very hard not to put too many colour ones in the gallery below. I hope you enjoy looking at a small selection of Richard’s work and I invite you to go and take more of a look at The Future Is Papier Mâché. I would also like to thank Richard for allowing me to feature him, his work and his blog on my Introductions post.