Hello and welcome to November’s News from the AOP
Our Member Focus is photographer Wendy Carrig, we hear how she is embracing moving image and her involvement in setting up the stunning magazine; Perfect Bound.
©Wendy Carrig How did you get into photography? Inspired by a keen interest in my family history and a love of old family photographs I felt the need to record life. At school I secretly aspired to become first a filmmaker, then a photographer. I loved the challenge of both arts and science; creativity meets geeky stuff. I studied photography at Salisbury College of Art, then worked in London assisting fashion and portrait photographer Mike Owen for four years before setting up on my own. I showed my work, a small portfolio of test pictures, to a number of key fashion and beauty editors and shot my first fashion editorial for 19 magazine in 1990. I’m pleased to say that one job led to another and I have been busy and happy in this industry ever since.
©Wendy Carrig How has your style changed over time? I don’t know if my style has changed that much, I am still drawn to the things that have always inspired me - new faces, changing light, a different view; and I still photograph what inspires me, rather than following trends. However I do believe a photographer’s style, as individual as their personality, does become stronger and more defined with time.
©Wendy Carrig You’re producing more moving image work nowadays, do you find you are commissioned for more moving image or is that personal work you’re producing? Moving Image is a growing part of our industry and I have become more involved with the process of creating film at all levels; from shooting behind-the-scenes movie shorts on my iPhone, being filmed myself whilst onset, to directing a film crew and models for a fashion client. The directing side of film is really exciting and feels like a natural progression for me. It’s something I will be pursuing more in the future.
©Wendy Carrig We were very excited to hear about the launch of Perfect Bound magazine. How did that come about? It started as a chance conversation between friends - each having worked on, contributed to, and enjoyed a lifetime love of magazines - and has progressed into the formation of a small creative collaborative. We wanted to produce the kind of magazine that would interest and excite us in the way we had enjoyed teen mags and fanzines in our youth; but aimed at a grown up audience wanting content with purpose and meaning. Our motto is ‘for curious minds’.
©Wendy Carrig What is the intention with that? To produce a biannual print magazine that reads like a classic Sunday Supplement and has the look of a perfectly bound publication. The resulting artifact is more than we hoped for with a diverse list of contents and contributors including Nitin Sawhney, Suki Dhanda and Terence Pepper; it has the feel of proper paper and the smell of printer’s ink. What was your involvement? As contributing editor I have had the pleasure of commissioning art, photography and writing; and as a contributing photographer I have produced new fashion, beauty and portraiture work, and I also shot the cover.
©Wendy Carrig Why is the AOP important to you? I have been a member of the AOP since I set up as a photographer. They have advised me on legal issues and provide a platform for a strong union of photographers whom I can call upon for advice on all matters relating to our industry, and beyond. I consider the annual AOP photography Awards a benchmark for professional photographers. What’s next? Aside from my commissioned work, already working on Perfect Bound volume#2. See more of Wendy's work here