Q. How did you get into photography/what is your background?
With the photography aspect it’s hard to say really at first wanted to share the photos of these places with my friends but after a while it become more and more of a hobby I don’t really have a background in photography but I do have one in urban exploration, it’s really an extension of what I used to do as a child. I’m sure most people when they were young had a place near them that always sparked curiosity and fear in them whether it was the “haunted house” at the end of the street or what not. I had this in the form of what was left of the old north riding pauper lunatic asylum in York near where I lived and it’s like I’m extending that part of my life into now, Just this time around I’ve got a camera with me.
Q. How would you describe your style of photography?
I suppose I would describe my style as natural maybe, I don’t edit any of my photos in any way and I just take photos of things I think look interesting or give insight into what the buildings purpose was.
Q. What equipment do you use?
I use a canon 1000D with an 18-55 lens and a p7 lenser torch for light painting when I’m underground (not necessarily photography equipment but to me its just as important)
Q. Who/What has influenced your work?
I can’t really say anyone in particular influences me but I can say what influences me, For me its preserving some memory of the building I suppose you could also say its also like some new style of archaeology possibly. I want to show people what’s inside of the buildings that they may have seen a hundred times and thought “I wonder what it looks like in there” or for the people who say that somewhere is an eyesore and needs knocking down, to show them that these were a workplace for someone a place to meet a place that meant something to someone at one time. You could say to open people’s eyes to what’s around them.
Contact Considerate Trespassing on:
Richard Southall, who gave a talk at our September 22nd Meet Up, will be having an exhibition which is the culmination of a six month project which has sought to document the industrial decline of this once vibrant prosperous area.
Private view Date: 6.30-8.30pm - Friday 21st October
100 Hagley Road
For more on Richard Southall heard to http://www.emphasisphotography.co.uk/