June 20th, 2018
The lighting is the first thing that you notice in the works of British photographer Steve Bradburn. Then the shadows and reflections begin to pop! It’s like eating something for the first time and your palette experiences each flavour for the first time. It’s gorgeous! I was hooked the first time I saw his work. The different colours, the textures, and shadows just pulled me right in and I couldn’t get enough.
Where are you from?
I was born in Heston, in Cornwall U.K. and have lived a load of places. Currently living in Portland, U.K.
How did you get interested in photography?
I was with a mate who, at the time, was a salesman for I think, Littlewoods [ed note: retail] or something like that, and I was thumbing through his brochure and saw an Olympus Om10 and thought “that looks like something I would like to try” so I ordered it on the never never. [ed. note: installment plan]
Where does your inspiration come from?
Er... everywhere. I’ve struggled with a fixed style as I’m so inspired by everything I see and everyone. But currently I’m obsessing with Jake Hicks and gel work. [ed. note : Photography gels are precisely colored acetate sheets (overhead transparencies) used to alter the color of lights.]
What are you shooting with now?
I’m now shooting with Nikon D610 and 810 and I still have and use my Olympus.
How do you want the viewer to feel when they look at your work?
That’s actually a tough one. I guess I want them to enjoy the work for what it is. A reflection of perfections and imperfections in me and my technique, but also a reflection on how and where I am right now.
Where do you prefer shooting, on location or in a studio?
I prefer the studio for gel work but love a good location. I recently shot an actor friend from GOT [Game of Thrones] and I used an old quarry and a carpark; really pleased with the atmosphere these created.
How would you describe your style?
I don’t think I’ve got a style; I’m still growing and developing it, that’s what I honestly feel. People have said my work is recognizable, but I don’t know. I’m quite critical of my work/style. Still trying to developer it even now. Hahahaha.
What is your favourite type of photography to shoot?
I love portraiture and people. I love seeing people in life. Taking pictures of another human being is so rewarding. I’ll happily shoot architecture, but people of all ages and types never bore me. Fashion, beauty, lifestyle etc.
What was your most challenging shoot to date? Would you do anything different?
I would have to say my gel work. It was and still is a huge learning curve. There are so many great photographers out there who nail this technique/style and it’s a beautiful thing to peruse and very challenging. It teaches me a lot about light.
What do you love about photography?
It gets me out and de-stresses me. I recently had very bad depression and crashed, lived in a caravan for two years. I honestly used photography to get me through. I love how inexhaustible it is. It’s a thoroughly enriching experience for me.
Have you grown as a photographer?
I would like to say yes. And I’m still growing. My approach to it all keeps moving.
What do you do to stand out as a photographer? It feels like nowadays everyone is a photographer thanks to Instagram and other social media platforms. How difficult is it to get your work seen and appreciated and stand out from the crowd?
As you’ve already stated, everyone is a photographer. I’m in competition with no one but myself, as long as I compete with myself successfully and make improvements and am honest with it, then that’s me standing out.
Is there a type of photography that you'd love to try that you haven't yet?
Maybe dark erotic er but tasteful. Black and white, moody.
What is your number one rule on a shoot?
Create create create
Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies?
I am the cookie.