- Interview: Ben Rayner
- Posted 23 months ago by staff · Art & Design · 5313 Views
HUH.: To start with, could you just introduce your new book, (UN)FAMILIAR, to us?
Ben Rayner: I spent a lot of time working in different cities last year, probably every two weeks or so. I was constantly travelling, either alone or with someone I knew. This series is made up from photographs I took in unfamiliar places, finding something familiar in them, be it a person or something else.
HUH.: Did you always have a series in mind when you started shooting in different cities, or did it just kind of come together?
BR: I didn't pre plan this at all. I just noticed a pattern after a while of things I was taking pictures of and a theme running through all of the photos. Nick (Greenbank - the publisher) just emailed me and said he was starting a thing and wanted to do a book. He actually helped with the order of the book quite a bit. He really helped the flow of the images and added some really nice design touches.
HUH.: What was your favourite city to shoot in?
BR: There was some cool stuff in Austin, TX. San Francisco is one of my favourite places too.
HUH.: You're moving to New York soon, right?
Yeah, I'm going to be based between London and New York. I've been going back and forth for a few years now. Pretty regularly. I figured I can just go back and forth the opposite way. Plus I've lived in London my whole life so it's a nice change. I'll be in London all the time anyway.
HUH.: Is NY part of your unfamiliar series? It won't be so unfamiliar soon…
BR: There are some photos from NYC, but not so many.
HUH.: Are you bored of shooting in London now?
BR: Not at all. There's lots of London, and it's constantly evolving. I feel like my personal work changes a lot when I'm in a new place as you are constantly seeing new things, maybe that's why most of it isn't always in London anymore.
HUH.: And how about plans for future projects?
BR: I have a few plans that have been in the back of my head for a few years. I just need to sort them out. I can't really tell you what they are though [laughs].
HUH.: Well, we're looking forward to it!
BR: Awesome. Thanks so much. Should be a good fun event tomorrow.
- i dont get it. where is the talent? im not writing this to talk shit, but i just went through his website and didnt see a single photograph that stood out. its ok to make snapshots of people and places and call it fashion... but if you do, the photographs should have some other element that makes it stand out. maybe he just knows the right people. Im very surprised that HUH is giving him this much credit. he must be a good friend.
- colby Posted 23 months ago · -3 Reply