June 22, 2020
There is no simple way to summarise it really. So many amazing people and places. I think the most profound realisation for me has been regarding the complexity of history and the human experience and how it pervasively affects people and places.
My personal work functions as a way for me to interpret the world around me. I discover so much about my subconscious from what I choose to make pictures of, with themes and symbols recurring without my conscious intention until I begin the editing process. What the work says varies from project to project, but I suppose I am most interested in the narrative between images and symbols and how placing things together creates meaning.
I've been working on an ongoing photo project and have been building backgammon boards, it's been a really nice time for me and I feel super lucky it's been so because I know it hasn't been easy for everyone.
I think travelling through a lot of less developed countries is pretty stark with regards to sustainability. So many of the places I've been have so many complex issues to resolve that sustainability is fairly low on the agenda — which is sad but also totally understandable. I try hard in my life to make the most sustainable and ethical choices with regards to how I spend my money, but I am also aware this is a luxury afforded to me because of where I live and my means.
I guess I have to say my camera... and probably my favourite pair of jeans.
I think ethical fashion is produced in a way that avoids human and animal suffering.
Books are my main source of inspiration. The way that novels are invented narratives informed by reality is phenomenological to me. To write convincing characters and stories from a blank page is an incredible skill and I find it endlessly inspiring. I've tried writing but I think I am better at making pictures, so I try to mimic the narratives I can't write through images.
Veganism. I think that what we choose to eat is such an important part of our lives. Without being overly preachy I think we can very easily minimise suffering through what we eat and it is our responsibility to do so if we can.
Joe generously donated his time for this photoshoot in order to support our vision of transforming lives through fashion. To view more of his incredible work, visit his website.
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