Jul 21, 2009


Who are you?
I'm Racheal Crowther

How old are you and where do you come from?
I'm 18, originally from Manchester, but have been living in Brighton for the past 3 years.

How would you describe your photographic style?
Well none of my photos are exactly spontaneous in a documentary way, but I dont stage my photos to an exact plan either. So I work somewhere in between I suppose. I like to capture peoples emotions, expressions and movement. I like making a mess as well so I usually work with these ideas.

Do you work? study? lounge about?
I'm a student, just finished my A Levels, and I'm about to go onto do an Art Foundation this september.

Where do you find the most inspirations?
My friends, and other photographers. Richard Billingham for sure, I know there isn't a direct similarity between our work but I am in love with his 'Rays a laugh' book.
Others are Terry Richardson, Juergen Teller, Larry Clarke, and Nick Zinner's book 'I hope you are all happy now' was fucking great.
Wes Anderson films are magic. Spun by Jonas Ã…kerlund is full of cool photo opportunities...anyway I could go on forever...

How did you get into photography?
Initially from watching films all the time (which I still do), I used to pause certain films and think "wow that would make such a good photo". Then obviously when I started to study photography at college I was opened up to the photography world out there and I knew I wanted to be in it somewhere. The photography book cupboard at college was probably the biggest influence; it introduced me to what are now my favourite photographers and inspirations.

What would you rather use, film? or digital? ..Other?
Digital is always a win because it's cheaper and quicker, but I miss developing in the darkroom, I don't do it that often which is a shame. I love disposables so much though, I want to start literally taking them everywhere and keep a sort of photo diary, or maybe do a whole shoot on a disposable camera. I'm pretty gutted I didn't make good use out of polaroids when they were cheaper and easier to get hold of.

If you have any advice for young photographers, what would you tell them?
Not everyone will like your photos so don't let those who dont get you down.

Describe your work in 3 words.
not quite right

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