I found Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert online ages ago, as I was finding photographers who were based in Japan. I was going through a real Nobuyoshi Araki period & was wondering what else was going on in Tokyo, having had an interest in Japan for years.
Ring any bells….?
Anyway…the first camera I bought, (after saving for months whilst working double shifts alternately at Sainsbury’s & Pizza Hut) was a Nikon FM2, which contained an instruction manual in Japanese inside the box, so therefore to me was incredibly exotic. My only other connection with the Land of the Rising Sun, was with the mini series ‘Shogun’ starring Richard Chamberlain.
Now with Jeremy’s insistence I go visit…& my daughter living there now, I have no excuses!
That being said…it is the arrival of one of Jeremy’s new photo books Unsullied & Untarnished that any trip to the other side of the world may be put on hold to visit Scotland instead!
Jeremy, however, has now returned to Scotland to live & work & is part of a collective who are shooting some great work under the name Document Scotland. I highly recommend that you have a good look through what they are shooting, plus go to the iTunes App Store & download the Document Scotland apps for the iPad, which are very interactive!
Once I’d had a good browse through The British Abroad book, there was just too much to say in one vlog!
The Kickstarter campaign is also worth a look if you hadn’t seen it already!
Quite sometime ago, deep on the internet, I came across the Kickstarter photo books campaign by London based, English photographer Peter Dench, for his upcoming book The British Abroad which he needed to get some funding for.
I say ‘came across’…what I meant was that, I’ve met Peter once & his very good grasp of social media means that it is very easy to follow him & what he is up to. It amounts to some light cyberstalking & cups of tea.
I buy loads of photo books. It’s the only thing I can be bothered to collect. When I was young, I collected Corgi cars. Then, as I got older, that quickly escalated to collecting Level 42 memorabilia. I had to stop before I bought a white Ford Sierra XR4i with a gigantic aerofoil & a Blaupunkt in car stereo system.
The reason for collecting loads of photography books, is that you cannot beat the feeling of peeling off the wrapper, getting the smell of the pages & actually touching the photographs on the page. It beats any experience of an all-singing all-dancing retina display or say….a Commodore VIC-20.
Then each sheet (if it has been designed in an aesthetically pleasing way) contains the amazing photography, laid out with complimentary typography & often a story or two. I love to read, but a photo book does not obviously need to be too heavy with text….that ruins it for me. Photography has a chance to tell a story itself…
So, I got England Uncensored through the post first which was greatly appreciated, as I wasn’t actually expecting it…& then The British Abroad arrived a week or two ago, but I have been saving it to do a ‘reveal’ video once I returned from my holiday.
Mainly so that I didn’t look so pasty like a Brit abroad!