Imogen Forte is a copywriter and art director based in London with a passion for analogue photography. We are featuring a selection of Imogen’s images shot on film – be sure to check out her website too for more work and probably the funniest series of references I have read in a while…
How did you first get started in photography? Who or what was it that first inspired you to pick up a camera?
I’ve always loved taking photos but I never took it particularly seriously until about a year ago. I was heading to South Africa to visit AfrikaBurn festival and Cape Town – two of the most photogenic places known to man – and thought it would be crazy not to take a film camera with me. Unfortunately, I didn’t load the film properly so none of the six rolls I took came out but my passion for seeking out interesting pictures stuck with me!
Who are your photography icons and why?
I love photographers who seek out beautiful and interesting moments in everyday life, especially those who use colour in interesting ways – William Eggleston, David Alan Harvey, Joel Meyerowitz, Saul Leiter, Olivia Bee, Ryan McGinley and Elsa Bleda are all firm favourites.
What is about analogue photography that appeals to you?
With film you need to be more considered with what you shoot and I think this leads to a far greater output. With digital it’s easy and cheap to take dozens and pick the best and I think this can make you less focused on what you want to achieve. I also think that film has a texture and quality that digital lacks, plus I love the surprise of getting them back when you’ve forgotten what you’ve taken.
What has been your favourite shoot or photography experience to date and what made it so special?
I’ve got quite a few friends who are performers and DJ’s and doing headshots for them has been great. It’s really fun capturing the character of someone you know and care about.
What is next for you? Are you working on any photographic projects that you can tell us about?
I’ve got a really exciting project brewing but nothing that I can talk about quite yet. Watch this space…
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All images copyright Imogen Forte.