Liam Warton: an ongoing Photo Journal

Liam Warton’s ongoing photo journal is motivated by his inner drive to express himself and bring clarity and a larger understanding to life. The motives and underlying themes are therefore founded in his own experiences and views – when it comes to notions of alternative portrayals of gender, mental illness, anxiety or simply an appreciation of the beauty of a certain light.

He prefers capturing his subjects and landscapes during the blue hours or twilight. You will find that a majority of his images will be in this distinctive faded blue, with it’s feeling of melancholy, loneliness and nostalgia. Liam Warton feels inspired by this last hour of light, as light is essential to all photographs and is need for his work but he feels that there is something beautiful in the capturing something that is fleeting and before it is lost, into the night.  Photography is a soothing mechanism for Liam and he’s uses as a way to escape from everyday life.

Liam is an experimental analogue photographer as he finds the medium of shooting film most line with his form of creative expression, which he feels is not as accessible through digital forms of photography. For example through the limitations of using an old camera it takes longer to photograph something but in this process he feels that he has created something rather than just pressing a button and documenting. The process of creating an image is in the act of taking a photo or someone’s portrait for example and then manipulating the negative later on in the darkroom and testing different effects or techniques. Liam loves the chemistry of shooting film; seeing an image come to life as one applies different chemicals over the negative. He also appreciates the physicality/ tangibility of shooting analogue in a digital age.

This photo journal is an ongoing personal project, and the images range from urban Swedish nights, intimate everyday moments to images from his travels. It allows the viewer to see things from Liam’s own personal perspective and experiences.

About the author:
Liam Warton (b. 1990) lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Liam focuses his camera on things that affect him personally and mostly photographs family.

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