Thomas Revington (b. 1989)
What kinds of things do you most enjoy photographing?
Everything and anything that interests me, catches my eye or makes me feel a certain way. It could be sad, funny, sentimental or just odd.
Describe your photographic style.
I am first and foremost a D.O.P. (Director of Photography), so I look for a balance of story with aesthetic. I generally shoot pretty loose to favour the moment over the technical aspects. Of course I aim to achieve both, but story comes first.
Photography is a lot about the journey. How has it influenced your personal life
and the way in which you view the world (around you)?
I think it teaches you to live in the moment and appreciate life around you. When walking around with a camera in hand I’m always looking at the world like a photograph, which makes you notice things that you normally would not. Apart from that it’s a passion, and I want to be as good as I can so I spend as much time looking through a lens as possible.
Photography is also about capturing a moment in time. What is your approach to a
shot, and your approach to a new body of work?
One of my favorite things to do is explore a new city or place alone with a camera. I shoot loose and rough. I think that sometimes people get too wrapped up in the technical and can’t see the wood for the trees.
Is photography your professional career? Or do you work in another field?
I am a cinematographer by trade.
What gear do you shoot with? Specifically camera arsenal and film stock.
I have a range and love collecting old cameras. There is something sentimental about giving new life to old things and the fact that these things are made to last forever – nothing is made like that nowadays. I have a Mamiya 67, Olympus OM1, Pentax Ashai 1000, and a bunch of others. My favourite camera that goes with me everywhere is a Nikon L35 AD. It’s a little point and shoot 35mm from the 80’s. That with Ilford HP5 400 or Portra 400. But I generally like to stick with black and white so I can print in the darkroom.
Growth is important for any artistic craft. How do you stay motivated and
enthusiastic about your work?
Sho, I don’t know. Make the most of when inspiration hits and trust it will come around again. I generally don’t force it, maybe I’m lazy.
What are your influences? Please list other photographers you look up to or
things that generally inspire your image-making process.
I love local. Fausto Becatti, Jono Wood, Elsa Bleda, Mooki Mooks, Ross Maxwell, Wilhelm Venter, Yetunde Dada, Deji Dada. We’re all in the same spaces but look at things so differently. Internationally, I love the work of my cinematic heroes like Roger Deakins and Emmanuel Lubezki.
What else do you enjoy? (Hobbies, etc – Any other creative exploits or interests?)
I play in a band. *eyerolls*
Any tips for aspiring film photographers?
Shoot, shoot, shoot. Also don’t listen to Instagram likes; listen to yourself.
What lies on the horizon (any plans for series, exhibitions, travels etc)?
And what do you hope to achieve in the future?
Not much. I just enjoy what I’m doing for now. I love the dark room so maybe more prints in the future. Also possibly a platform where I sell my work for charity.
Do you have a specific series or body of work that sums up your portfolio best?
No, I’m erratic AF.
All photos by Thomas Revington
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