James Lissimore

Today on the Orange Peel, we are featuring yet another talented Photogrpher, James Lissimore! Continue reading to discover more about his alternative subculture imagery…

Q1: What is your Name, Age, and Where are you based?

My name is James Lissimore, I’m twenty years old and work between Brighton and Colchester, Essex

Q2: How did you first get into your creative practice/ work?

Funnily enough I originally only took photography in college because I had to select four subjects and photography was one that took my interest more! Starting out working on abandoned buildings and creating source images for my oil paintings but as I matured I began to find interests elsewhere. mainly street photography and portraits.

Q3: Are there any main or overarching themes you explore in your work?

My most popular work has been exploring the themes and ideas around subculture, titled ‘Revival’ Looking more specifically at Skinhead and Punk culture. As many people know skinhead culture is a very complex one; with the origins being a coming together of cultures. Where music (reggae and ska), dressing “properly” and being apart of a bigger collective of poeple, it developed into the football terraces and the coming together with punk culture lead to the creation of Oi! music. This development meant taller boots, harsher cropped hair and more experimental dress styles. I personally love both of these parts of the culture, but some identify with one or the other.

There has since been complications with the stealing of the culture by those who don’t hold the true values of what a skinhead really is, leading to the stigma to us all being nazi, racist thugs!

I aim to create work that educates the general public to what we really represent.

Q4: How has the COVID- 19 Pandemic affected your work?

With the lockdown it has completely shut down all operations; having no opportunities to travel the country to find potential subjects for my work. I’ve tried to create work on my own but there are only so many photos that you can take of yourself in your own home. I’m intensely looking forward to lockdown ending and being able to resume my work.

Q5: Highlight one of your biggest inspirations!

When looking at the history of skinhead culture there is a photographer’s name that comes up very frequently; Gavin Watson. He was just a teenager with a camera who fell into one of the most explosive subcultures in British history. He’d photograph the day to day situations of him and his friends, these photos would see the light of day in his book ‘Skins’ that reaffirmed his name as the definitive skinhead photographer  

Image from ‘Skins’ by Gavin Watson.

Q6: Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

With the current unpredictability of what’s going on it’s really hard to imagine what I’ll be doing in a few months let alone years. But the best case scenario is traveling Europe photographing the many different factions of skinhead culture throughout countries such as France, Belgium, Germany and Italy. Worst case scenario is dying I think…

Q7: If you could share a message with the world, what would it be?

No one is lesser than another; we cannot judge entire groups of people by the actions of some and there needs to be changes from politicians and the rich before there can be real and true justice for those who need it.

To find more of James’ work you can go to his Instagram!

THANKYOU FOR READING- STAY SAFE

Matilda Vidal

Welcome to another Orange Peel Art Collective blog post!!

Today we are in conversation with Photographer Matilda whos work centres around the idea of “Home”! Keep your eye out for more of her work featured on our platform over the summer! ENJOY !

Q1: What is your Name, Age, and Where are you based?

Hi! I’m Matilda, I am 22-year-old and I am a photographer based in Tottenham, London.

Q2: How did you first get into your creative practice/ work?


I’m French/English and have grown up in France. I moved here for my film studies. As I
started university, I got to meet loads of fellow creatives and collaborate with them for
films, music videos and photoshoots.
However, for photography, it started when I was a lot younger, I would always be the one
taking pictures at parties or whilst travelling. It came very naturally to me and has always
been a part of my life, there was no major event or deciding moment that pushed me to
start taking pictures, it just happened, and I went along with it!
I got into 35mm photography in the past 3 years and haven’t gone back to digital since. I
learned a lot from the 35mm “discipline”, not being able to see the result straight away
and being restricted to 36 or 24 exposures. I makes me think before I take the picture
rather than after.
 
Q3: Are there any main or overarching themes you explore in your work?


One overarching theme for me has been the concept of home, familiarity and
domesticity. Of course, I am very privileged to even have a home and some people do
not have a place to call their permanent home. Homelessness is an essential part of the
story that is crucial to portray and talk about as, in a city like London, it implies a lot of
injustice and inequalities. I am planning to do something in collaboration with the
homeless shelter that I have been volunteering at.

Q4: Highlight one of your biggest inspirations!


Christopher Nunn is a photographer I have discovered in the past year that has really
changed my photography. His work Edith (2013), composed pictures taken whilst
clearing Edith’s flat after she passed away, taught me a lot about storytelling in
photography.

Image from Christopher Nunns project Edith.


I also really like the brutal honesty of eastern European contemporary photography in
which the theme of home is often present, either as a sort of nostalgia and longing, or as
a conflicting relationship. As Andy Galdi Vinko puts it talking about her work
HomeSickLand: “I have spent a lot of time abroad, longing for someplace else, like many
of my eastern European contemporaries, believing that my place and happiness lie
somewhere out there”
.
 
Q5: Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?


In five years, I would love to make images that make a difference and talk about relevant
social topics. I want activism to be an essential part of my photography practice. I would
love to be working on a research-based projects, to produce relevant and well thought out
series of photographs!

Image by Matilda Vidal
Image by Matilda Vidal
Image by Matilda Vidal
Image by Matilda Vidal
Image by Matilda Vidal

To see more of Matilda’s Work, follow her Instagram!

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James Greenhalgh

Seeing us into the new month of July is a fresh Artist Feature with London based photographer James Greenhalgh!

Keep Reading to find out more about his work based around Identity and Masculinity and creative inspirations…

Q1: What is your Name, Age, and Where are you based?

A: I’m James Greenhalgh, 21 and I’m based in London.

Q2: How did you first get into your creative practice/ work?

A: I first got into photography by total mistake. I had never studied anything creative at school and I thought I was going to be a computer scientist. I had to pick my A-Levels and one of the subjects I selected (Anthropology) was removed from the curriculum because not enough people picked the subject so I was pulled into my head of year’s office to quickly pick another random subject. I selected photography as I thought it might be a cool skill to learn but I thought I was going to focus on my more academic subjects. My teachers then introduced me to artists such as Wolfgang Tillmans and Nan Goldin; suddenly I saw how photography was able to communicate emotions, stories, and people’s experiences in a way that words can’t achieve. From there I started working on how I could use photography to capture my own identity and the people around me.

Q3: Are there any main or overarching themes you explore in your work?

A: My work explores my identity, in particular, how the way men challenge and express their masculinity has changed as we grow up in a generation where identity expression is more fluid and the traditional archetype of ‘Man’ is developing.

Q4: How has the COVID- 19 Pandemic affected your work?

A: COVID-19 has resulted in my graduation show being massively altered, final major university project being rushed to completion, and job prospects being put on hold indefinitely or canceled. I’ve taken this time to look back over my archive and reflect on what I’ve been creating, I’ve done a couple shoots over video call but for the most part, I just can’t wait to get back into the studio and creating work again.

Q5: Highlight one of your biggest inspirations!

A: David Armstrong: I was introduced to David’s work really late in my university degree and I only wish I found his work earlier. His portraits of people he encountered in his life (friends, lovers, and even acquaintances who left an impact on him) are so simplistic but through them, you start to see the life of David come through the images. He was also Nan Goldin’s flatmate for a long time (who’s work really inspired me when I was younger) and it was super interesting to research how they collaborated on different projects as their photographs tell similar stories of identity expression through other people.

Q6: Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

A: In 5 years time, I hope to be working with amazing designers, stylists, artists and models for magazines and fashion campaigns. I’m currently working for other photographers and hope to follow in their footsteps.

Q7: If you could share a message with the world, what would it be?

A: Please listen to your Black friends when they share their experiences of racism, don’t argue, just listen. If you need a place to start your research into racial inequality, read “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge or “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo or if you need a short book to get you started, read “Dark Days” by James Baldwin. Black Lives Matter.

To see more of James’ amazing photography work visit his website… james-greenhalgh.com

Or Instagram ! Where there is also a link to his BA Degree show!

Thankyou So Much For Reading, see you again soon…