Interview with Terry Magson

Photos and Music by Terry Magson

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Can you tell us something about yourself?
I’m a male musician from the Isle of Wight, south coast, UK, but recently moved to London. I happen to have a few cameras which I try to keep close by as I like the smell of them.

How did you start taking pictures? Usually there is always the old story of the boy who finds his grandfather’s camera; did that happen to you as well or not?

 No, I first started taking photos when I became curious about the process of digital cameras. Not having to develop a film, the instance of the pictures etc. It seemed a lot easier. The camera was a super low pixel cheap piece of junk, but I managed to capture a few images that made me immerse further into cameras & photography.

I now have a couple of different film cameras which I prefer to shoot with mostly.
For me it has a more of an authentic valuable process, more of an art form. Anyone can go out and shoot hundreds of shots with a digital camera; it doesn’t take any real skill, that’s not saying there aren’t any great digital photographers out there.

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Where does your inspiration come from?

My inspiration? I guess my surroundings at the time, nature, people I may be working with musically or living with, or maybe from something  I’ve been listening to. The general need to create.

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In a portrait, what is important for you?

For me what makes an interesting portrait is if the photo says a lot about the person, the intensity of an emotion captured, the trust, If it portrays a solid story or reveals more than it should. Also a nice balance between background and person.

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What kind of relationship do you have with your subject when you shoot?

I usually shoot friends which works out kind of well, as I tend to know and try to achieve a side of them which I feel will make a strong shot.It’s always nice to have that slight natural comfort between each other. The realness and slight uncomfortableness of a stranger can be exciting as well.

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Do you think it’s important to follow a school to learn how to shoot?

I would say it’s not so much. You can learn a lot now yourself, and still be left with your own instinctive identity and imagination. Your own Intuition is important to.

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What’s the photo you want to take and you never did?

It would of been the one where I was riding on the back of a black octopus in the ocean of wangola, suddenly I caught my reflection in the eye of a giant gualla fish and thought… fuck I wish I had my water proof camera. I only had my regular film camera.

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What’s your photo-mission?

To go back to wangola and snap the giant gualla fish and it’s friends.

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