Carl Bigmore – MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography
How would you describe your practice?
I’m a photographer interested in the relationship between people and place. Particularly the connections we have with our environments that transcend the literal and reveal a more complex psychological and emotional link.
What did you study at LCC and what year did you graduate?
I studied MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, I graduated in 2014.
Where are you from in the world?
I’m from Hertfordshire originally but based in London now.
Why did you choose to study this course and why LCC?
I knew many successful photographers who had come through the course at LCC, so it’s reputation preceded it. I wanted to be part of a close-knit peer group where I could focus full time on making pictures.
What is the most important thing you learned while studying on your course?
Being open-minded and willing to share your ideas and work. Being open to constructive criticism and knowing when to trust your instincts and personal vision. It’s difficult to name just one thing really.
What are your fondest memories of LCC?
Making my final major project when I travelled around the Pacific Northwest of America for a month, most importantly the friendships and times spent with my peers both in and out of classes. It’s really like a family.
How has the course helped you be where you are today?
Without the course I’m not sure I would have had the confidence and conviction to make the work I did during my studies. The major project I produced gave me exposure to a wider audience and led to commissions, awards, grants and exhibitions.
What three words would you use to best describe LCC?
Intense, fun, chaotic.
What piece of advice would you give to new students?
Throw yourself into the course and be ready to work hard.
Where are you working at the moment and what are some recent interesting projects you’ve worked on?
I’m working as a freelance photographer, undertaking editorial and commercial commissions alongside shooting personal projects. I’ve just shot a project over the summer on the west coast of America exploring California’s relationship with water and the current drought.
Could you describe your style or what you try to achieve with your work?
My work’s often gets described as quiet. I guess that’s because my pictures are often quite considered. I’m always trying to capture images that are emotive in their stillness. Even when there may be some action in the frame I want the picture to feel like a film still. I’m far more interested in communicating how something may feel rather than any literal representation of reality; I want my projects to be their own world.
Name three things you couldn't be creative without:
Reading, music and films.
If you could work with any client in the world, who would it be and what would you want to work on?
I’d like to be chief photographer for Washington State Parks so I could take photos of forests all day and maybe get that elusive shot of bigfoot!
What drives you to succeed?
The journey, working towards making new and better work but always feeling like it’s on the horizon.
Where in London do you did you used to go when you need a little inspiration?
Hampstead Heath or the Thames.
What are your future plans and ambitions?
To keep making work, I want to make a film. To live overseas and have a dog.