Interviews / Stories
Photographer Josh Lawrence (London, UK)
Tell us something about yourself
My name is Josh Lawrence, and I’m 23 years of age and originally from London, England and now I know live I Aarhus, Denmark for the past 13 years.
I am educating myself to be a building coordinator that I have been doing since 2015 in Aarhus. I’m an all-around kind of person, I like doing a lot of things at once to show my interest in things. I love to dance and like spending my times relaxing.
How and when did you get into photography
It started about 4 – 5 years ago, when I just was taking pics of dancers for a dance website, after that I loved taking pictures of art, graffiti and nature. Then it changed and took a little twist and I started taking pictures at different kinds of party events in Aarhus City. After a couple of years mostly taking pictures of nature and events, then I got really interested in architecture, design and fashion, and then it just clicked, I wanted to try and take pictures of models instead, then I got invited to my first fashion show and then I knew what I wanted to make pictures of for the rest of my photography life. I contacted friends, family and other people to help me start a great piece of work.
What does photography mean to you?
I real and just feels so different when you step inside a different kind of universe. Just starting at a different point of time having to show other people how creative you are and what the creativity can bring and inspire other people.
For me its passion and for me to show people who I am as a person threw my photography and to tell a story to others. Photography is something I can do if I feel stressed and it makes me meet other people and something I can have fun with.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I would describe my style as open, i’m open to every kind of styles, i love a little street, casual, classy and fashionable style. The models give me the inspiration and the styles i love taking that why pictures are so different from each other.
Its not about the age and not about the beauty, its what come from the inside, that bring the style out.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from all around photographers or from pictures that other photographers take. The inspirational pictures are what makes me drive and to move on to make my work better, every time I go out. And I get my inspiration from clothes designer from fashions shows.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
I don’t want my pictures to look the same and want them to be different every time I’m going to do a shoot.
If I don’t plan what I want to shoot and put time down to figure out what kind of style I want to do with the model and where I want to take the pictures instead of walking around as a headless chicken. I want everything planned beforehand so I don’t stress myself and my model.
Studio, on location or both?
I really depends. I’ve only taken pictures in a studio once so i’m not that practised in that area. So i’d rather take my pictures on location, but most of the time it really depends on the weather, if the sun is out and there is blue skies i’m ready for anything and it gives more room to try different things with my camera.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I don’t make a living of it, not yet anyway. Some of my photography jobs with clients are paid, but it really depends on what kind of work i have to do.
This year i looking really so fare and can’t wait to keeping up the good work.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
My mum has been the biggest source of inspiration. She is imaginative and has an open mind to things. Gives me ideas for what i can do better. She’s the reason i love working with photography.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
A really good question. I have worked with a lot of people, but that person i think about is Cecilie Anna Hebsgaard. She has a really unik taste of vintage clothing and the pictures make it so different because of her blue hair. She loves wearing vintage clothing and the clothes she got handed from her great grandfather. She has there own blog where she shows here different clothes and the story behind what she’s wearing http://cecilie-anna.bloggersdelight.dk/category/uncategorized/. When have had so many collaborations together and every time we work together we always come up with something new and spectacular.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
For the last 4 – 5 years i’ve been shooting with my Canon EOS 1100D and i have really got to learn it, i keep learning more things on it every time i’m out shooting.
I only taken pictures with my Canon, but i’ve held other cameras, but i perfure mine. I love using the 50mm / 1.8 STM lens.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Inspirer yourself to do better thinks. Think out of the box and be willing to put the work in to it that is needs, things take time, but it’s the best time you can use.
Jonathan Max Moltke
Cecilie Caroline Haggqvist
Brian Benny Schou Panczuk
Cecilie Caroline Haggqvist