Sam Laughlin | Cambridge, UK

Short bio…

Born 1990 in Cambridge, UK. Studied for a BA (hons) in Documentary Photography at the University of Wales, Newport. 2009-12. Shooting mainly in the UK and Germany. My work has been included in publications and group shows in the U.K and Holland. My first solo exhibition will be held in Milan in March 2013. I have also self published 2 books. Currently I am working on personal projects, commissions and exhibitions prior to applying for an MFA.

You shoot film because…

It provides me with a physical connection to the medium, allowing for the control of subtleties that I appreciate, therefore the darkroom is integral to my working processes. I mainly work in black and white, as I value it’s reductive abilities, and the manner in which it enables me to use light as a tool whilst shooting and printing. I firmly believe that using film, (especially larger formats with a technical camera), gives me the ability to express my ideas and interests most fluently.

Your photography feels like…

To me it feels like an intense studying, where an object has been isolated and changed (or elevated), allowing it to speak for more than itself. What appears in the images is determined by both ideas and aesthetics, so I aim for the objects in my photographs to be read like excerpts from a text. In this way I could say it is analogous to literature or poetry, working at night is therefore a device used to transform the subject, so it can express feelings and ideas I help to determine.

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