Samuel Christopher.

Categorised as ART., PHOTOGRAPHY.

Samuel has recently been revisiting a load of classic films starring some of cinema’s most iconic leading men, in search of inspiration to further his portfolio of youthful images. However he hasn’t focused on the (now) haggard old men they have become in his photography work, choosing instead the emotive landscapes and intimate portraits of youth that you see here. We had a brief chat with Samuel about his work and the Rosario Dawson lookalike that he photographs.

Hi, who are you?

My name is Samuel Christopher, I’m nineteen and currently study Graphic Arts at Winchester School of Art. I work in photography and film mostly but also work a lot in Graphic Design and Typography often fusing these elements together to create a lot of my work.

What do you love about taking photos?

Well I’ve always been incredibly influenced by cinema and I instantly gravitate towards a reference from film, a film that has had a profound effect on me like so many others. Blade Runner. The reference is from the scene where Batty is coming to the end of his life and sits with Deckard on the rooftop with a white dove in his hand and says

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain… Time to die.”

And that is what I love about photos, like Batty says people never see those incredible moments of life and when we die they are lost “like tears in rain”, photography and film give us a tool to capture time and someones unique perspective.

Who’s the Rosario Dawson lookalike and was photography a clever ruse to get her naked?

Haha, well Rosario Dawson is a new comparison. I have heard comparisons with Audrey Hepburn, Keira Knightly and Edie Sedgwick, but never that, so I’ll let her know she has a new one…and no there was no clever ruse to get her naked! She’s actually a good friend of mine and the idea behind that shoot was to take a completely new direction and instead go for something elegant and emotive, away from my traditional darker side of the mundane, which is still underlining in those images.

It was also the first time I had done a model focused piece too. Something that had been long overdue because fashion photography and model focused photography is really what I wanted to do, but it was the last thing to attempt. A lot of my work before that had been landscape, mainly because I have no models I can use, so I am really happy that the few girls I have got are so beautiful.

What do you do other than take photos?

Well like I mentioned I also shoot film. Film has always been the main medium for me, and it also holds a far higher expectation for me, which is why I have yet to release anything. I ‘m filming a few projects that I hope to release around New Years. Its a short film on childhood escapism, which is meant to be an aspirational piece – almost “feel-good” – something that’s often not present in my photographic work.

What’s the dream?

The dream is to work in the film industry and to leave something I am proud of. To create something that will stand the test of time.

 

 

www.samuelchristopher.co.uk

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