Lee Davidson Connor is a documentary photographer based in Glasgow. His passion for photography drives him to produce personal work that tells a story, creating stories and memories for people. Here he explains his ongoing Makers Photographic Project.
Makers began at the beginning of 2015 as a personal photographic project. The project evolved from my interest in documenting the personality of crafts people within their studio environment. I began producing similar work while studying at University in 2013. I loved the process of meeting these people who are passionate about their craft, chatting about the industry and what makes them love their discipline. Through out university I produced similar works to this, one being Artists’, a series that is ongoing to date. When you involve yourself in an industry you realise how much creativity is alive and growing in Glasgow.
For me photography is finding a subject that is full of potential, the environment is just as important as the person. I found that the maker fits with their personal surroundings. When I create images I look for a story, I walk into an opportunity and within a few seconds I will know if the photos will be a success or not. Photography is a very personal discipline, from what equipment you use to how you approach your subject. During my further education I was taught to produce each image like it was the last one, so getting it right on the camera was crucial. The story aspect relates back to the photographers I research and the documentary books that I have today. After university I evolved my skills to cover wedding photography, carrying over what I had learned and applying to a very different client. The pace of conducting a wedding is a real contrast to working on the Makers project. I always aim to have a personal project running while working on wedding photography. Personal work allows me to evolve my skills, to later apply them to other work for clients.
My Makers project is ongoing and I am keen to add work to the current series. I aim to hold an exhibition for the final set of images, I will also create a magazine styled photobook for my portfolio. All of my work from Makers can be viewed through my Tumblr Blog.
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