Interview with Luke Foster

An introduction to our first Photographer on Dock.

25th February 2017

So what is it about photography that interests you as a creative output?

I have always enjoyed documenting social events since a young age. My mum used to make home videos all the time and I guess I got it from there. I tried drawing, painting, diaries and writing and I enjoy doing these, but none of them were a quick enough capture of the moment for me. That’s why photography became a huge part of my life, and a very annoying one for everyone else around me.

Most of your work tends to focus on landscapes and places. Do you plan your locations before you go and shoot them or is it a more organic process?

It’s a mix really. For cities it’s more of a 'I’ve been wanting to go there for ages' and this doesn't really need any research, I'll just get in my car and go. But for abandoned buildings and more specific places like waterfalls and such, I will put the time into research through forums and the like. There's nothing worse than driving two hours to an abandoned building to find out its now been knocked down and turned into some old people’s home.

How do you choose what you photograph?

Hmm, tough one. I’ll take my camera anywhere I go but I tend to look for what my style is - architecture, minimalist objects. If nothing like that is around, I just try something new like picturesque landscapes or even portraits.

There's a lot of symmetry and a suggestion of geometry in your work. Is that something you aim for?

Yes, most of the time. I work with rule of thirds usually. I spend my time lining up objects within the frame to make sure everything is straight – it messes with my head if a horizon line is slightly off by 1°. I believe a photo is all the more pleasing when working with these styles of photography.

How do you choose to show your work? Do you exhibit or prefer to display digitally?

I think every form of social media has had a piece of my work on it, and granted it had worked to get noticed and show a preview, but nothing beats a high quality print on a wall. Digital pictures are too saturated and people are either not bothered or the social media algorithms are just crap and not helpful unless you pay. I’d rather pay for exhibition space.

There's a lot of speculation in the creative world that Photography is a dying art form, due to most people having smart phones and therefore being able to snap anything anytime. As a photographer how do you combat that and set yourself apart from the masses?

I also use my iPhone 6 to snap because the camera on these new phones are better than any basic £150 digital camera now. I wouldn’t say photography is dying, its growing and a lot of people are learning how to take better pictures all the time, which is great. There is a problem though, digital is too easy and also kind of boring now as it's literally everywhere. I tend to only shoot film now and depending on what roll you have, you can get different image properties, in terms of colours, contrast and grain - just like an Instagram filter, but waaaay better.

Film has a lot of benefits over digital and its main disadvantages are waiting and slowing down. What’s the disadvantage there?! Thinking about your shots more and the excitement of getting your roll of film back. I only use digital as it's convenient but definitely not as fun as film. More and more people are choosing film as the amateur photographers are learning how to take good digital photographs. Film has that 'look' that no one can describe, they can only debate. And it is a great 'look'.


Jess Bentley

Hey, I’m Jess Bentley and I’m proud to call myself founder of DOCK. As an art student myself, I understand how much of a struggle it can be to get your work seen by the wider world, and that many opportunities can seem too limiting, too selective or just not quite the right fit for you. Whilst trawling through the internet looking high and low for any and all opportunities, I often caught mys…

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