“The projects you do best are the ones that you love”
Joanne Coates is a documentary photographer, and the founder of Lens Think – a social enterprise set up to promote diversity in the creative arts. Lens Think put on socials and pop up exhibitions in locations all around Yorkshire, and help share artist opportunities.
In Joanne’s work as a photographer she is interested in working life and class inequality, which is represented in her diverse portfolio of personal and commissioned work. She has been published by the BBC, Vice, The Telegraph and The Guardian, and has had her approach to photography described as democratic and poetic.
In this episode we discuss how photography can be used as a medium to highlight under represented issues, the social responsibility artists have when saying they are giving people a voice, and the need for a more representative generation of artists to become the creative future of tomorrow.
“Being an artist is just doing it. You can’t question whether or not someone is an artist if they’re making something.”
Jeff Clark is the co-owner of the Art of Protest Gallery, an urban contemporary art gallery based in Little Stonegate. Formerly a photography teacher, and a practicing photographer when he gets the time, we discuss the work Jeff is drawn to both as an artist himself and as a curator.
We also chat about what a digital revolution means for our town centres, its effect on retail and social spaces, the need for story behind any good work or product, and the need to create social happenings in our city.
This weeks guest is Nicole Vogwill. Nicole is a photographer specialising in boudoir and weddings, who has just taken the leap to go self employed full time.
In this episode we discuss the misconceptions around boudoir photography, how her work enables her to spread empowering messages of body positivity, and how she helps make her clients feel comfortable and confident on camera.
Ben Bentley is an internationally published music, portrait and editorial photographer, shooting for publications, record labels and commercial clients such as Puma, Diesel, Topshop, BBC Music and Universal Pictures, as well as being a contributing photographer for the NME.
We discuss his journey into the photography world, the rapid rate of growth achieved by collaborating with a wider creative team, dropping out of university, and misconceptions about what photographers do.
Matty Waudby is an illustrator, photographer and adventure seeker, turning his passion for the outdoors into a range of hand stitched hats, illustrated works, and photographs.
We discuss the origins of his “Get Wild” brand, when needing to quickly raise money to catch a bus across Australia, how stubbornness and selfishness can be a necessary trait in pushing yourself to continue creating, and the upcoming Get Wild Adventure Talks on 15th February at the Attic Coffee Bar.
Tom Holmes is the Head Of Creativity and Worship at The Belfrey, the largest parish church in York. He is responsible for overseeing graphic design, video, photography and marketing, and developing creative talent amongst the many staff and volunteers.
We discuss his approach to managing a creative team, the vision for the church to be open to collaborate with local artists, and his journey from theatre to music to photography and beyond.