Alex Bevington is an emerging photographer from the UK specialising in street portraiture. Armed with a camera and an amazing outlook on life, the world is his oyster…
How did you first get started in photography?
I’ve only been photographing for a year and, for me, it all started when I went on a road trip from LA to San Francisco. I was astonished by how much there was to see in such a short space of time and, with the use of my small digital camera, I was able to capture every moment I saw. This allowed me to start documenting memories. A few months later, I found myself in the vast landscape of Iceland where I used my very first disposable camera. When I returned to the UK, having captured memories with my group of friends, I did my very first photo shoot in an abandoned building and, with the excitement of getting my first real roll of Kodak film developed from my Canon A-1, I fell in love with the art of film photography. I just get such a good feeling when I take a unique photograph, especially when you’ve created a natural light leak because, even though I try to capture something unique, a light leak makes everything so much more powerful and abstract.
It is pretty simple, all you need to do is open your eyes and look around as life is so beautiful and precious.
Why do you photograph? What is it that you want your images to say?
We live in a modern age where we see millions of images every day and our brain has adapted to filter memories that we think are insignificant and we can easily lose important memories. It’s therefore so important to record a memory as it is something we can look at and recall our achievements in life and remember people we met. Photography allows you to capture an individual moment and gives you the opportunity to enter the lives of others. This has allowed me to connect and meet so many new people who I would never have imagined meeting. With my photography, I try to open the mind of the viewer to understand the beauty in life and that people shouldn’t make pre-judgements as everyone has an interesting story no matter who they are. It is pretty simple, all you need to do is open your eyes and look around as life is so beautiful and precious.
Tell us about your current project; what was your inspiration for the series and what are your plans for it?
My current project is my ‘Human series’ where I get in touch with people through social media or more often just randomly approach them in the street wherever I am in the UK. I have a general conversation with them and I take an image that reveals their true identity. For the project, I was very inspired by Diane Arbus with her spectacular photographs of people who were stereotyped as ‘freaks’. Arbus never really understood why people thought that, as she perceived them as being beautiful. Within my project, you notice everyone is different. All the subjects have different personalities and physical features; we create an assumption of who they are by thinking they are different but really it shouldn’t matter how we look, we’re all human beings sharing the same emotions.
That’s the amazing thing about photography, you just don’t know what’s going to happen next.
What is next for you?
I want to keep photographing; I have no interest in making money from my photography as, at this point, I just want to live, travel and meet as many interesting new people as possible. I’ve already made arrangements to meet fashion bloggers, fashion photographers, highly regarded models and I’m always looking to collaborate with new people. That’s the amazing thing about photography, you just don’t know what’s going to happen next. Life is just a whole load of random spontaneous events that you learn from.
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