TPL: Do you have any favourite artists or photographers you would like to share with us, and the reason for their significance?
LJ: Garry Winogrand - an absolutely incredible photographer with an ethos and work ethic which is infectious, rigorous and driven. I love his practice of being out on the streets each and every day documenting life. He was in love with "life" and his photos were not based around aesthetic appreciation or being "pretty," they were about the reality of the moment, having an event, a story, something hidden within the image, open to interpretation. His ability to create work but completely detach himself from it egotistically, was and is, a huge thing I have taken from his ethos. Keep moving forward, do not get trapped in the past and let the work be, develop and grow, and move forward.
Olivier De Sagazan - a powerhouse in performance art. Bringing the nightmarish inner thoughts of the human condition into the moment through the creation of his creatures and physical representations of the darkest and most surreal spaces that exist within the human psyche. It has a beautiful fluidity, aggression, brutality, grace and honesty about the work. It refuses to hold back and for myself it was beautiful to see the connection and fusion of the artist and the art coming together in the moment. The art no longer exists as a piece external to the artist and therefore something which we can detach from, it lives through the artist and is present eternally.
Charlie Chaplin - for his humour and comic timing. Fun engaging and simply by using the body, was able to speak sonnets of humour and vulnerability. It goes to show that the voice is not an apparatus which is used only when speaking, it is a tool which is an energy and force which can be expressed via the entirety of our being.
Gao Bo - an exceptional photographer that I came across while staying in Paris. His work is just extraordinary, the depth and contrast that he uses in his work to highlight the human condition of what was going on in Tibet, and his dedication and pride to his culture by fusing his own blood with his photography creates an almost spiritual experience that can be felt pulsating out of the images. There is a real sincere honesty about his work that I haven't really found elsewhere.