Suddenly understanding what work I want to make, the missing piece of the puzzle.
Jack Latham is a Welsh documentary photographer based out of Brighton on the south coast of England.
His work is often presented in a mixture of large format photography and film making and has been realised in several self-published books. Latham is the author of Sugar Paper Theories (HERE PRESS, 2016), which was shortlisted for the Paris Photo / Aperture and Krazna Krausz photobook awards. The exhibition of the same name was later long-listed for the Deutsche-Börse Photography Prize 2017. His work has been exhibited and published internationally.
I was lucky enough to meet Latham during a visiting lecture at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. During this meeting we discussed in great length how he worked and why he created the work that he did. This and the contents of his lecture about his two major bodies of work; A Pink Flamingo and Sugar Paper Theories. I realised, at that moment, that this was the kind of work I wanted and loved to do. I want to similarly create stories, using a variety of sources but based around a single idea.
For me photography has always been a way to tell stories. Images are very powerful narrative tools and when used in conjunction with text or sound can be the best possible way to visualise and explain complex ideas. Latham's work, especially Sugar Paper Theories, showed me this in a way that really hit home hard. I saw the bit that was missing from my own work, the thing I was trying to put my finger on for the last few years. This was the kind of work I wanted to create. This epiphany moment very much inspired 1500 Volts DC my current main project and Latham's work is very much influencing how that goes forward.
You can find more of Latham's work here: http://www.jacklatham.com/