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The Photo Issue 2008

Photos By Luke Stephenson

"These photographs are some of my favorite Polaroids that I have taken over the last two years of friends, family, and random people I've met."

by Luke Stephenson
01 July 2008, 12:00am
POLAROIDS

“These photographs are some of my favorite Polaroids that I have taken over the last two years of friends, family, and random people I’ve met. They were taken with a Polaroid Big Shot Portrait Land Camera, which was supposedly one of Andy Warhol’s favorite cameras. It has a fixed point of focus so all the people and things I photograph have to be the same distance from the camera, giving the images a unified feel.”


CHEFS
“This project is based around uniforms and the perceptions we have of others. I used chefs because they illustrate this perfectly. The head chef usually has the biggest hat, which indicates his importance in the kitchen, and then the hats generally get smaller until you are left with a dishwasher who simply has a hairnet.”



FLOWERS
“This is an ongoing project that I have been shooting for the last two years. I am always struck by the color of the flowers that emerge after the cold, dark, wet winter. Suddenly spring arrives and all the colors of nature begin to appear.”



TABARDS

“The dictionary says a tabard is ‘a loose outer garment, sleeveless or with short sleeves, especially one worn by a knight over his armor and usually emblazoned with his arms.’ This all sounds very grand and regal but the tabard in Britain today has lost all of its importance. It’s become the armor of cleaning ladies, café waitresses, and chip-shop girls.”