It’s been so long since I spent time on The Documentary Photographer, I sometimes forget I host it. Really, that’s not good enough and my ambition in 2014 is to bring the podcast back on track. I love documentary photography, it is where my photographic heart lies, and I learn so much when I get to speak with other photographers about it.
This interview with Brian David Stevens was recorded just over a year ago in London. In fact, it was on the same day that I spoke with Gina Glover. Life, work, stuff all got in the way of it being edited and broadcast. I lost my mojo a bit as well. 2013 was a hard year.
Let’s not dwell on all that.
Instead, let’s dwell on Brian and his work. He speaks eloquently and thoughtfully about his work and approach to photography and his subjects. We meander through landscape photography, street photography and documentary photography as sub-genres of photography. We talk realism, truth and meaning, as well as building meaningful relationships with your human subjects when they are very different from you.
Brian’s interests are varied, covering seascapes to graffiti artists, yet there is a coherence. Often Brian collaborates. Either with his subjects or by working with others on a project, a poet for instance. His work is about dialogue. Landscapes are revealed to have human meaning due to events that happened there – the interplay between image and words creates a deeper story.