LIFE THROUGH A LENSAugust 18, 2012
It seems that everyone’s a photographer these days. We certainly think we are – have you SEEN our Instagram feed? But even we had to admit we were beat when we chanced upon Lucy Wilkinson and her quiet snapshots. Whether it’s the lighting, the colours or the subject matter that draws us in, we’re not sure. But we love her style – and she’s still a student! We tapped her up for a chat in the hope that some of her talent might rub off on us.
How old were you when you took your first photograph?
I was given one of those really great cameras that made instant stickers for my 5th birthday, which I then proceeded to stick on everything I owned. Wish I still had it!
What is it about photography that attracts you to it?
At the moment I use it as a bit of a visual aid for my travel journals, hence all the photos of my boyfriend and sight -seeing. If I go somewhere interesting I tend to make a book with the photos stuck alongside receipts from restaurants, exhibition leaflets and drawings I did on the plane etc. I guess I’m almost archiving my life but I think it’ll be nice for me and possible future generations to look back on.
How would you describe your photographic style?
Unplanned. I’ve recently purchased a Natura Classica low light camera, so I’ve been getting too excited about natural or coloured neon lighting. Along with 1600 film, it just captures it perfectly.
Do you have any favourite photographers?
So many! The well-established being Lina Scheynius, Ryan McGinley, Mark Borthwick, Tim Walker, Juergen Teller, Wolfgang Tillmans, Corinne Day and the newcomers like Bella Howard, Maisie Cousins, Bruno Zhu and Harley Weir.
If you could photograph any celebrity, who would it be and why?
Someone who has stories to tell and lessons to teach. David Attenborough or David Hockney.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever taken a photograph of?
I did a project in a retirement home and one of the ladies there had rooms full of dolls and names for each one. She let me take her portrait with some of her favourites.
Tell us a joke…
What did the artist say to the dentist? Matisse hurt. (Awful. I’m so sorry.)
If you were given the chance to photograph the Queen, what would you ask her?
Are you getting the gin in or am I?
Describe your sense of style?
A bit like if Chloe Sevigny swallowed Jane Birkin. I’ve been getting a lot of inspiration from old issues of Face Magazine and rookie feminism!
Tell us a secret…
I am unbeatable at limbo.