Graham Thorp | London

Graham Thorp grew up with one younger sibling amongst the glorious scenery of South Devon in England. Stunning, rugged coastline with golden sand beaches together with the windswept and mysterious Dartmoor served as a playground for his formative years and it was an appreciation of the great outdoors that led to a love of location photography.

 

Whilst at school, he had a natural talent for drawing and painting, a gift from his father David but was also a total perfectionist and still very much is!

His parents bought him a Canon Sprint camera and a six-pack of ï¬lm one Birthday and it was this that truly changed the direction of his life. Enabling him to capture life in its ï¬nest detail, no longer having to spend days studying and painting one picture, beautiful scenes were now achievable in mere fractions of a second.

 

After leaving school, he returned to Art College a few years later as an adult student to study art and photography full time. Photography quickly became a passion and a natural talent led to consistently good grades, instilling in him a conï¬dence to move forward and persue it further.

 

It also became clear at this time, that only one type of photography would satisfy his heart and that was in advertising. One of his college lecturers was an ex advertising photographer, at that time still very well connected within the business, some of the guest speakers he invited were truly inspirational in helping foster motivation, not only by dispelling any doubts, but also through their entrancing tales from around the Globe that accompanied the images.

 

Moving to London, assisting a number of leading photographers, most noteable and inï¬uential were, Chris Bailey and Andy Glass, location photography became a ï¬rm favourite and the thrill of waking up in strange hotels at ungodly hours of the morning was addictive.

 

Cutting his teeth back in the days of ï¬lm, blacking out bathrooms to make temporary darkrooms, loading, unloading sheet ï¬lm and keeping notes taught a discipline that has stayed to this day.  Despite digital photography, with its ability to delete and reshoot, he still methodically plans out locations, studying direction of light and times of day to shoot to capture, the most emotive and evocative moment. Shooting roughly within an hour or two of sunrise or sunset, side and back lit to provide both clarity and crispness, bringing out textures and details, revealing the ordinary but with an extraordinary, ephemeral value and dreamy, romantic overtones. This is all about capturing that precise and forever moment in time.

 

Always positive and upbeat on a shoot, super cool under pressure, Graham loves a good fresh coï¬ee and throws a mean frisbee!