As the 25th Annual Exhibition by London Independent Photography continues we bring you an interview with photographer Gareth Gardner…
When did you first come across London Independent Photography and what drew you to the organisation?
I have been an on-off member for several years. I think its ability to deliver magazines and exhibitions is truly remarkable.
Reflecting on your journey as a photographer, how did your interest develop?
For as long as I can remember, I have always been primarily interested in the urban environment. I studied civil engineering at university and worked as a construction and architectural journalist for nearly a decade before switching to a career in photography.
Who inspires you artistically?
So many things inspire me artistically! From contemporary photography to renaissance painting. I’m particularly keen on the photographic work of the Dusseldorf School – the Bechers, Struth, Gursky, Höfer and so on – and 17th century Dutch landscape painting.
What themes and concepts do you like to explore and how is your work distinctive? Do you have any favourite locations or techniques?
I work as an architectural photographer, so the focus of my professional life is very much on the perfection of finished buildings and interiors. For my own projects, I’m much more interested in looking at the constant change taking place in our cities. In London in particular, new spaces and vistas are constantly opening up.
Do you have any future projects planned?
I am working on a long-term project in South Wales photographing different mining towns. My father is from this area, so there a personal connection with these often remote and deprived places.
Gareth’s work can be seen as part of the 25th Annual Exhibition by the London Independent Photography until the 3rd of November.
All Images © Gareth Gardner