TPL: Where do you find your inspiration? Do you have any favourite artists or photographers you would like to share with us, and the reason for their significance?
JL: Definitely out and about watching the to and fro of everyday life is the most inspiring place to be.
Also, the Magnum Agency’s work has been a huge source of inspiration. I discovered Elliott Erwitt properly recently and love his work. There’s also Gregory Crewdson, Annie Leibovitz, Don McCullin, Nick Hedges, Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Michael Bennett, Robert Frank, Dorothea Lange. Painters such as Edward Hopper, Paul Nash and Mark Rothko as well. I’m also inspired by movies - the vision of directors like Wim Wenders (and his photography), Tarantino, David Lynch and their cinematographers have had a lasting effect on my work, often subconsciously I think.
I am studying for an MA in Socially Engaged Photography currently and through that have discovered Wendy Ewald, who’s work and approach I’m very interested in.
I love the artists featured on The Pictorial List obviously! The Instagram community has also been incredibly inspiring - there are so many wonderful people doing fantastic work and being part of that community as helped me develop a great deal. There are so many great artists on Instagram, too many to mention but a few are: @luxtasia, @georgiepeelphoto, @leethirkelleson, @darbolger, @streetsnappers, @kim_aldis, @billie_charity, @alanmartine_z, @rpapworthphotos, @robbremner_photographer, @paul_menzies_, and @zigghi49.