Up & Coming (Barnaby Fairley)
Here at Interfit we are always keen to help promote up-and-coming photographers. It’s always great to find out how and why they do what they do! In a series of interviews, we are going to talk to young photographers which are just starting their journey or, are on the cusp of moving to the next stage in the hope to inspire, shed some creative light and showcase new ideas.
Our second interview is with Barnaby, He is an up-and-coming music & lifestyle photographer from York.
Imagine a city with Roman roots and a Viking past, where ancient walls surround independent shops and vibrant eateries with the bonus that there’s a festival for every month of the year.
York is Perfectly placed half-way between London and Edinburgh and with the glorious Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and Wolds right on the doorstep, York is unlike any other English city.
Julian – “Barnaby, Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, We want to know how old were you when you first picked up a camera and what was it that made you think, “yep this is for me”?
Barnaby – “I was at the skatepark when I was 13 when the photographer wanted a snap of himself skating. The pictures then surfaced on Facebook and I thought that they turned out ok. I was buzzing with the outcome so from that day forward I was hooked, but I had no idea how it all worked.”
Julian – “Having told us why you decided to become a pro photographer, is there a photographer that you would like to work with and why?”
Barnaby – “There are lots of photographers I’d love to work with but the ones I’d like to work with most are the icons such as David Bailey and Mick Rock, as they created what we now know as pop culture. I’d love to hear some of their stories; that can often more insightful than them showing you how they work. I feel like we all should have our own approach to how we capture shots otherwise we’d all be the same.”
Julian – “York is an historic city, is there a part of it you love shooting in and if so why?”
Barnaby – “I’m always looking for bad boi locations. I’ve shot models on the castle walls by the mister and I’ve shot bands on a warehouse roof, in tunnels, on the river banks… The weirder and more obscure the better.”
Julian – “If you could photograph any famous person (alive or dead) who would it be, why and what scene would you set?”
Barnaby – “It would have to be David Bowie. He would be so Inspirational. He’s probably the only person I’d be starstruck In front of. I’d ask him to bring his mates (Lou Reed) with him and shoot him in Andy Warhol’s studio.”
Julian – “What would be a dream photographic assignment?”
Barnaby – “I’d have liked to have shot at Woodstock Festival; to shoot the likes of Jimmy Hendrix. Or shooting Kurt Cobain’s album cover!”
Julian – “When was the last time you shot on a camera that wasn’t digital?”
Barnaby –“I’m always shooting on both formats; It would be hard to say which I prefer. I use It because I like grain and the rawness with the risk. I have a Nishika N8000 film camera which Is my favourite to use as It creates a 3d Image by taking 4 pictures at the same time.
Julian – “Non-photography related, what is Yorks music scene like?”
Barnaby – “Unfortunately, It’s a bit of a sad time for York’s music scene with the main music venue Fibbers sadly coming to an end. It’s where I got my start after taking a few pics for a mateI met at the skatepark and his band. The venue liked the pictures and subsequently asked me to be the In house photographer.”
Julian – “Where do you take you inspiration from?”
Barnaby – “When I’m shooting live gigs I’m Inspired by the energy given off by the artists on stage. If the artists are proper having It on stage I’ll find a way of portraying that via my camera. I feed off the talent and creativity of the artists I work with.”
Julian – As an young emerging photographer what you do you do to stand out from the crowed?
Barnaby – “I’m always learning, improving techniques, trying new things and pushing boundaries to make each project unique. It’s Important to get personal with the client In order to connect and give bands the banging content they deserve. I like to work with dynamic, like minded people”
Julian – “What piece of kit could you not live without?’
Barnaby – “My power pack, so that I never miss the opportunity for a great shot”
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