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VNDL:  Describe your work/process:

 

SCH:  I never have had a process as such, in terms of personal work it’s completely impulsive, I never set out to photograph specific content or subject matter and because of that it’s all completely sporadic, which I guess is what I want to come home with ultimately. I think if I sat down and really thought about it I would say that I try and see the humour in a lot of things I photograph, whether it’s portraits of friends or anything else day to day, it tends to be that something funny or unusual has caught my attention and has led me to take a picture.

 

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What have you been up to recently? (trips, projects, work?)

 

At the moment I am just working freelance for the occasional magazine, brand and anything else that will fund the personal projects I want to pursue.

Every project or series I have ever worked on has always been within a contained area or place, so soon I want to work on something that spans across somewhere geographically, almost like a photographic diary of sorts.

 

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Favorite Camera?  (weapon of choice)

 

My favourite camera is the one closest to hand, which tends to be my TVSiii or my T4.

 

 

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Favorite Quote:

 

I once had a lecturer whose best piece of advice was “Don’t make it shit.” That has stuck with me to this day and surprisingly always pops into my head when I have to think about something critically.

 

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Advice to other creative’s/aspiring artists:

 

I would almost feel like I was being patronising if I were to give anyone advice. I guess the only thing to say is that photography at the moment is too saturated in terms of style, there is a million and one people shooting in the same way and putting out the same stuff so try and gain influence from either older work or other mediums, make it different.

 

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What are you currently listening to/reading/watching?

 

My attention space is short, so if reading something or watching something takes longer that 20 minutes, I’m out.

 

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

 

Ideally doing the same but with some great projects under my belt and thus a bigger name for myself!

 

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Who is or where does your inspiration come from? Any emerging artists to watch out for?

 

I try not to gain inspiration from photographers that are new because as I mentioned before it’s easy to get caught up in a trend, because of that I am always looking at older work, I like Anders Petersen, Stephen Shore’s American Surfaces stuff, Boogie.

There is loads of amazing up and coming people and collectives, Matt and anyone involved with The Photocopy Club, Empty Stretch and the guys at BOTY, all solid people who are great photographers and artists.

 

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Name: Sam Clifford-Harding

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