Just a reminder that my new film is still in post-production.
For those of you living down south in the UK or those in or around Exeter, my film, THE MISBEHAVIOUR OF POLLY PAPER CUT, has been selected to screen at Two Short Nights Film Festival 2013. The film will be part of ‘International Shorts 3’ strandon 13th December at Exeter Phoenix
Interview#30 Bryan M. Ferguson
How old are you?
I am 26.
Where are you from?
I am from and currently residing in Glasgow, Scotland.
What kind of photographic equipment do you use?
I use a Canon 550D, a tragically small assortment of lens and occasionally a tripod.
What do you do when you are not shooting?
When I’m not shooting. I’m usually working on something else. Scrawling down ideas, lurking in cinemas, making films. I always need to be working on something otherwise I feel myself feeling incredibly unbalanced.
What was the first photograph you were proud of?
I can’t say I have one that I’m particularly proud of. If I ever was proud of one, that would soon change through excessive scrutiny on my part either during the processing stage or even after I’ve let other’s see it. John Cassavetes put it best when he said, “ I’m sort of my own Mafia, you know, breaking my own knees.”
How much preparation is there behind your photographs?
I’m an admirer of spontaneity. That’s not to say I don’t like to plan. I see a composition or scattered pieces of an image in my head and use that as a spine. I collect the rest of the bones when shooting. I like to capture unplanned moments in a somewhat controlled environment.
Have you ever done sacrifices or compromises as a photographer?
I fortunately or perhaps unfortunately haven’t reached a point yet where I have had to deal with any interference on my photographs. I’ve dealt with such things while filmmaking, a lot. After those experiences and the grief that follows, I’ll cherish the freedom I have in photography while I can.
What is your safe place?
At home with my wife and cat.
Do you have any obsessions?
Aside from my neurosis, I am obsessed with visuals of all kinds. But my main obsession is anything and everything to do with film.
Is there an artist you’ll gladly collaborate with or that you regard with esteem?
I’d gladly collaborate with anyone whose work interested me. I’ve yet to have the chance to do so. There have been talks with some artists quite recently but nothing has really materialised but I think it would be interesting to do. I collaborate with everyone I work with when working on one of my film projects. I’d be curious to see how a collaboration would work on a photography project.
▶How your work as a filmmaker influences the photographer experience?
If I’m honest, I think photography is the one that influences my filmmaking. It has really helped me to understand filmmaking more than I already did. I feel that photography allowed me the freedom to work on a single image. It allowed me the time to really perfect the frame and really opened my eyes to new and interesting compositions and lenses. But I am fully aware that my filmmaking background really bleeds into my photographs resulting in the majority of my images looking quite cinematic but that’s never intentional. It’s just how I see things.
[If you want to see more, find him on bryanmferguson.com]
I was recently interviewed by ODCLONENO.
If any of you are at all curious, READ HERE [Scroll down for the English version]
The Methodical Cinematic Madness of Photographer Bryan M. Ferguson
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