Ahead of his debut solo exhibition in London this Thursday, we talk to photographer Teddy Fitzhugh about his work and what inspires him.
Regular readers will already be familiar with Teddy’s work, as he was the photographer behind the incredible LONG Clothing x BOY LONDON shoot. This Thursday, Teddy unveils his first solo show titled “Have Fun Always”; a photographical study and celebration of the effects that music can have on people while ‘lost in the moment’.
The show consists of 24 black & white photographs, all documenting moments in time in London’s rich music culture; moments that are of an exceptionally natural and personal quality. You can see a selection of the photographs below, ahead of the exhibition. Photographic documentation of London underground music scenes is nothing new, but the approach and aesthetic of Teddy’s work has a distinct originality and personally, I find it very refreshing.
The exhibition opens at 7pm on Thursday evening at 18 Hewett Street. Along side the exhibition, there will be a limited edition book of photographs by Teddy Fitzhugh also released on the night. To get a better understanding of the project, the inspiration behind it and Teddy’s approach to photography, we took a moment to ask him a few questions…
Let’s get the basics out of the way… How did you first get into photography?
“I don’t know really, I just started taking pictures and never really stopped.”
Is there any specific mediums / formats you like to work in most?
“I shoot pretty much digital all the time. That’s how I learnt photography and that’s what I feel most comfortable with. I have massive respect for film photographers, and my style is hugely influenced by film aesthetic, but personally I feel I’m able to achieve what I see in my head best with digital.”
Your latest show is titled “Have Fun Always”. Can you tell us where the title and inspiration for the show came from?
“Have Fun Always is something me and my mates used to say to each other to make each other go out. It also fits with the 24 images I’ve chosen for the show of people completely lost in the music.”
You’re quite heavily connected to the London music and fashion circuits through your photography. Have these always been areas of passion for you?
“Yeah, completely. I guess it’s youth culture and subcultures that have always interested me. Music has always been a massive passion of mine and I feel like it is an important part of most things I’m into.”
A lot of photographers focusing on the London music scene often focus on the DJs. What made you want to focus on the crowd, and mores specifically these moments of time?
“Well, DJs can be kind of boring to photograph. When I cover nights, I do cover DJs, and there are some that really perform and make for great portraits. But the nature of DJing only really makes for a couple of shots then you’re done.
What the DJs are doing are making people dance, and it’s getting that mix that interests me. It’s not just 20 shots of a DJ on long exposure with light trails surrounding them, it’s a couple of in the moment DJ shots, and the rest are the incredible effect they have on the crowd.”
Who/what are your main influences in photography?
“I like photographers that create a lot of narrative and strong characters in their images, whether it’s documentary or staged people. I’m into the work of Alec Soth, Jeff Wall, Ed Templeton, Martin Parr, Wolfgang Tillmans, Larry Clark, Gregory Crewdson, Philip Lorca-DiGarcia, Gavin Watson, Niall O’Brien… I’m also really influenced by all the amazing photo Tumblrs that are out there.”
What are your aims and goals with photography? Where do you see yourself heading?
“I like the fact that the lens can grant you access to places and experiences you might not ordinarily get to see. It would be great if I could continue to travel and document a bunch of different projects.”
And finally… to you, what makes a good photograph?
“Light and tension.”
Have Fun Always opening night
Thursday 8th March, 7pm – 10pm
18 Hewett Street