On November 14th, Jamie Hawkesworth visited Christ’s Hospital to judge the annual Tony Ray Jones photo contest and to give an insightful presentation to students about his documentary-style work. He is a British fashion and documentary photographer who has photographed for British and American Vogue and Mui Mui. Hawkesworth shared the story of his photographic journey through the lecture, which was interesting and intuitive.
During and after university, Preston bus station was of great importance to Hawkesworth’s work. It was originally an opportunity to talk to people and take interesting photos with beautiful natural light. When he finished his original job at Preston Bus Station, he moved to London where he began fashion photography, shooting for Mui Mui and Vogue. After hearing that the bus station was going to be closed, he moved back to do an exhibition saving the Preston bus station from demolition because of its brutalist nature.
Hawkesworth’s speech kept touching on spontaneity and how important it is to his work. For example, he finds it difficult to photograph the same model twice. He also prefers to take pictures with an analogue camera than with a digital one. That was interesting to hear as not many people shoot with an analogue camera. This means the images come out on film and need to be developed, which he does all himself. The need for natural light was also very intriguing. His practices all boil down to the idea of needing something exciting every time.
Overall, the lecture opened up a new perspective on photography. R. Milbourne found the presentation refreshing because he used older methods in a modern way to create emotional images. It was an inspiring presentation for everyone present.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23158442.inspiring-hawkesworth-lecture-aspen-righini-nisbet-christs-hospital/?ref=rss Inspirational Hawkesworth Lecture (Aspen Righini-Nisbet, Christ’s Hospital)