Lomo - Kev
Guest lecture - March 2014.
Kevin Meridith an ex-graphics student from bath spa now works as a photographer I attended his guest lecture - he was a totally natural and relaxed man whose passion really showed though his work and how he talked about it, really inspiring me and this encouraged me to make the most of cameras, photography and being a creative person.
His work is fantastic capturing the everyday but making it beautiful. This is something I aspire to be able to achieve. He said that photography was always personal to him and not a job and he was lucky enough to turn this hobby into a career.
- Began work by photographing raves in the 90s capturing the bright lights and colours.
-During university his style changed and he used his first lomo camera and experimented with cross possessing which worked great for images with low light and created images with high contrast and bright colours.
-After university he worked as a web designer at an animation company.
- Entered a lomography competition and ended up coming 2nd in the world. A relaxed, fun competition pushing creative and fun techniques.
- After moving to Brighton to carry out freelance web design he joined the swimming club – to become one of his dominant subjects to photograph.
- Up until 2004 he only showed the images he was shooting in small flip books he printed – this changed when flickr came around and he uploaded the best of 8 years’ worth of photography.
- Approached by Imogen Heap to work on some album art work - the work he shot for this then gained interest from flickr and was used for their sign up page.
- Worked with JPG magazine. This is where he was first encouraged to write.
- Approached to write a how to book which then became his 1st of 3 books. ‘Hot shots’. His second book is ’52 photographic projects’. His 3rd book is ‘toy Cameras’ where he experiments with all kinds of cameras.
- His photography allowed him to travel a lot. Judged flickr competitions in New York.
- Also worked on a campaign for Doc martins.
- Carries out photography courses using lomo cameras.
- It was interesting listening to how his own personal work resulted in him gaining paid jobs. This is linked to what I wrote my dissertation on and the whole idea of how personal work leads to commercial/ paid work. An example of this was at a festival he began photographing wellies and after this the Times came across the images and used them for the Times Festival Guide TV advert.
- A second example of this idea of a personal project resulting in a commercial job was he began shooting portraits of people in 5 shots then stitching them together – from this he was asked to work on Style Spot in Brighton and do the same thing – he worked on this for 4 years.
- He has also experimented with timelapse photography and photography from an iPhone.
- He has exhibited in the fringe festival in Brighton and been published in the National Geographic.
I thoroughly enjoyed this lecture and he thoroughly inspired me to photograph the small things in life and make them noticed and beautiful.