HAMISH STEPHENSON: Although at 17 I would argue I am still growing up, I have always been interested in the creative world and always wanted to do something within that realm. Growing up in a family that have huge interest and connection to art, I’ve always been surrounded by and explored art across various different fields. In the past I’ve tried to be a YouTube sensation, musician, and fashion designer, among other things. Thankfully I found photography and film which fits me perfectly. It allows me to house my other creative interests under one roof.
JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
HS: Everything. I go out in the morning and am inspired by the things and people around me. I feel like I’m in a beautiful place constantly meeting people tackling their own creative challenges and growing their talents. I’m very much inspired by architecture, what people wear and just different things I see on the street everyday. All these things keep my mind working and ideas flowing. Two individuals that inspire me constantly are Romain Gavras and Nabil Elderkin. There work respectively is always cutting edge and controversial which I love.
JC: What are you up to right now?
HS: I’m currently working on a few different editorial pieces / fashion films for various magazines and publications which is great fun. One piece I’m excited to release soon I shot in Dungeness using an incredible collection by an LCF graduate. I’ve also recently started working on some art themed events and installations based around my photography and film work. Some exciting things in the pipeline.
JC: Have you had mentors along the way?
HS: My father has always been an incredible mentor simply due to the things he has exposed me to and things I have learnt from him. Other than that there have been many people that have really helped me grow in the past few years, too many to count.
JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?
HS: I’m based in East London. London, and East London in particular is an ever-growing hub of everything creative. You can go out one day and see a new gallery, shop, cafe, or huge agency that has opened just down the road. The area is constantly offering new experiences and the chance to meet new creatives.
JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?
HS: Although I’m actually in the process of applying to universities myself and thus don’t know what it’s like after graduating, having worked in the creative world for over two years, the main piece of advice I have for other creatives is to never give up. Pick what you want to pursue and go at it full throttle. It takes time to get anywhere and to even get work you are happy with but just keep going.
JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?
HS: 100%. I love team work and think that being part of a creative community or team offers new challenges and opportunities to collaborate with other incredibly talented individuals. I value collaboration highly.