Hello there, my name is Robbie Bannerman I’m a creative and photographer from south London.
How long have you been taking pictures?
I have dabbled at different times of my life from the age of 17 however I would say my journey really began just over a year ago.
When did you get into photography and why?
When I was at college, I remember this student being assigned to take photographs for a prom event I attended. I was blown away by the image quality and the amount of care that he was taking with the images so I curiously began asking him a ton of questions, then later followed a blog he had at the time and decided to ask my old man for a DSLR camera for my birthday.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years?
My style has a huge emphasis on how I use light and shadow in connection with my subjects. I pretty much only use natural light so finding different and interesting ways to exploit it as a tool is always a challenge.
The themes and approach are always evolving so this allows me to progress into different areas of photography. Creating something with the freedom of interpretation is important for me as I feel that an artist “style” is often determined by a personal connection and perception.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run? I always pre-plan, it’s very rare I go into a shoot without a motive or concept.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
Simply put I want you to feel something when you look at a photograph of mine. I like to explore themes of juxtaposition, conflicting themes that raise questions.
Questions create interest, interest generates dialogue and dialogue promotes understanding.
Do you have any influences you can share?
I can draw influence from just about anything, words, music and movies tend to be my go-to source. I like to interpret and dissect narrative from any of these mediums, while finding new ways to re-communicate existing themes and alter established beliefs.
What inspires you?
It's tricky to pinpoint a singular source of inspiration but being a naturally curious person, I tend to draw my inspiration from my lack of understanding. I like to use photography to explore themes and ideas I otherwise wouldn’t have a chance to on a day-to-day basis.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
This question can be answered in many different ways. If I’m speaking in a politically correct manner then the answer is no, because art is subjective so by definition, we can find positive intent in any collection of images that have been created. By the same merit, the argument can swing the other way because my own personal views and criteria are factors that determine what is considered “good” or “bad” in a photograph.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
Career and fun are synonymous with each other for me. So, once I find that sweet spot, I’ll happily consider doing what I love as a career.
Which social media platforms do you use and why? Instagram mainly, it's a great tool for discovery while connecting with like-minded individuals and sharing creative content efficiently.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media?
Portrait photographers such as Neave Bozorgi, Johnny Cinematic, Abelinsane and many other creatively inclined individuals.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
More power to the smartphone users, whatever you decide to use should not limit your creation. each tool will have their own pros and cons.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice?
I use a Nikon D7000 paired with two Nikkor primes a 35mm and 50mm which are universally great portrait focals. The choice mainly came through my comfort with using Nikon prior and it’s just stuck with me ever since.
What is your dream location to shoot at? Los Angeles and Tokyo are on the list. Any sponsors out there?
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it? My current favourite photo is one I named Voyager.
It’s a simple yet powerful image that features Sophie standing stark posed against a dark blue sky with the sun I intentionally used to partially reveal her naked form, while the shadows conceal her identity wearing nothing but red thigh high-boots.
The title, “Voyager” is someone who is an explorer and, in a sense, exploration is the freedom to do and go anywhere, this can be related to many aspects of life.
So, it was important for us to create an image that not only shows great courage displayed by Sophie but reinforces the idea that beauty and power can be drawn from simplicity of the human form and what the body represents at its very core, freedom.
In three words how would you describe your photography? Juxtaposition.
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smartphones? It’s part of the evolution of phones and a welcome addition, for me personally I will stick to focusing on using DSLR and film cameras.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?
I would like to believe I’m an example of photographer > gear. My camera is considered dated by many photography purists. Focus issues and aging camera aside, this doesn’t stop me from producing content I’m happy with because of my desire to understand everything else (lighting, composition and concepts).
So, to be blunt my answer is no. I do plan on upgrading soon, mainly to exploit elements that would ultimately give me more control and promote an easier process during post production that otherwise would be harder to achieve with my current setup.