Laurence Iles, Amber Iles
'@laurenceilesphoto , @amber.animation
Chesterton Windmill Silhouetted by the Evening Sky
Reflection of the Gurdwara Sahib Temple
Sunrise at the Bottom of Leamington Parade
Laurence Iles: I use my photography as a platform to showcase the beauty of the world around us. Every photograph I take is intended to immerse the viewer into the moments I capture and invoke thoughts and emotions within them.
Amber Iles: My aim is to create fun and imaginative illustrations full of childlike whimsy and fantastical creatures. I want my artwork to inspire people the same way I was inspired whilst creating it.
My work leans towards more stylised characters with big eyes. I find these kinds of characters charming, and I can empathise with them. I think everyone can relate to characters like this, the absence of unnecessary details broadens the audience of people who can see themselves in a character. I like to leave space for people to imagine themselves in my work.
Laurence Iles: Many things inspire me to create photographs, however none more so than creative use of lighting. Whether it be the way the sunset creates a silhouette of an iconic building or the way a single streetlight provides the perfect cinematic lighting for a portrait shoot, I will always be fascinated by the countless ways I can use lighting to tell a story.
Amber Iles: A lot of my work reflects myself and the people and things around me. I like making artwork tailored to a specific story or person. My inspiration comes from the subject matter at hand as well as my own wealth of experiences and living.
Laurence Iles: As a digital photographer it is very easy to use programs like Photoshop to over-edit images, removing imperfections like people, traffic, and grey skies. However, I believe this compromises the authenticity of the image leaving a lifeless photograph. As such, I leave the contents of my photographs untouched, focusing on getting a great image straight out of the camera instead.
Another pitfall of digital photography is neglecting to print photographs. In a world where most photographs are only ever displayed on phone screens and monitors, owning a high-quality print of a photograph can sometimes seem magical. Hence, creating a photo print has become my preferred method for sharing my work.
Amber Iles: My main medium is digital however, I originally learnt to paint and draw traditionally and this heavily influences the way I work digitally to create prints and artworks that still feel authentic.
Alongside working through my Animation degree, which is mostly digital, I like to explore other mediums such as clay, punch-needle, gouache, crochet, sewing and anything I can get my hands on really. At my core I want to create characters, whether it be a cute clown soap dish, a punch-needle tiger pillow or a fully rendered illustration of a character, I just want to make the characters tangible.