Portfolio review: interview with… David Cooper

Photos by David Cooper

Living in Glasgow by way of a youth spent on the Shetland Isles, David tries and usually fails to photograph whatever he comes across or whatever his friends are doing in their daily lives. He has been taking photos for just over a year, after a friend gave him a camera for Christmas. He owes everything to that present. Not a huge fan of overly planned or constructed photographs, he just tries to capture whatever happens out and about. It could be anything from photographing petrel bombs to alleviate the boredom of island life or the burning bike he came across one night late in Glasgow.

When did you start to think about photography?
I started at Christmas 2009. I suppose id always thought about it, but started messing around with it when a friend gave me a camera as a present.

What does photography mean to you? and which kind of photography do you like more?
I have a pretty bad memory, so i guess it just means making something rad last longer. You can incorporate it into anything you are doing in your life. Im not really into anything too planned or set up. Walking around the Shetland Isles and shooting is probably my favourite thing.

When you take a portrait, what is important for you?
I havent really taken many portraits so…

Do you think it’s important to follow a school to learn how to shoot?
I dont really see the point of going to school to study it when you can just teach yourself and walk around doing it as a hobby.

What’s the photo you want to take and you never did?
A girl broke her leg at the skatepark and her shinbone was seriously bent into an L shape. Then the ambulance came but they couldn’t get her out of the bowls cos they were so steep. it was a total farce. I felt sick. I wish id taken a photo of it though.

What’s your photo-mission?
Something like an updated version of Tom Kidd’s photos of the Shetland Isles. He shot everyday life when the oil came. There awesome, you should check them out. 

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