Ever since he can remember, Will Sanders has been fascinated with photography, and the whole process of getting his photographs developed was what truly inspired him in the first place. His work continues to amaze us and Will's contribution to fashion photography has been impressive. In an interview for our magazine, Will reveals what were some of the challenges he faced during his career and talks about his new book "Full Colour".
Hey Will! Welcome to Lomography Magazine! What first drew you to photography, and how did you discover it?
I always loved taking photos and can still remember how excited I would get waiting to get films back from the developers. I was terrified of the technical side though so I didn’t think I’d be able to use the more advanced cameras.
When I met my wife, she saw some photos I’d taken on a road trip to the states and convinced me to do a course at the local college. I soon realized that it wasn’t as technical as I thought and was just based on an elementary principle. While doing the course, I started to get work published by Tank magazine, and it all started from there.
When did you take your very first photograph? How much your photography changed since that moment?
I can remember taking a photo of an elephant having a pee that I was very content with on a school trip to Butlins. I also remember taking a picture of Kerouac’s tombstone quite a few years later, but it was the first time I realized a photo could say so much more than just what you see in it. My work has changed a little and a lot at the same time since then.
What influenced your photographic style? How challenging for you was to make your work stand out from the rest?
I don’t think about standing out from the rest or competing in any way actually; I just do the job I’m compelled too and hope that other people appreciate it. Even if they didn’t, I wouldn’t change my work to get more attention. The most important thing is that I like it.
How did fashion photography find its way into your life?
I’ve always loved magazines and the power that images can have in them but when I first started out my wife worked at Tank magazine, and we have begun shooting for them. I love shooting fashion stories as it’s an excellent way to bring your ideas to life.
How do you stay inspired?
I just keep my eyes open and try to travel as much as possible. Seeing color as I am walking around makes me happy.
What are some of the challenges you've faced during your career and how did you overcome them?
I’m quite a shy person, so I found all the meetings and communicating with people in general quite hard at the beginning, but I’m a little better now.
What influenced you to showcase the world bursting with colors? Can you tell us a bit more about your book "Full Colour”?
I’ve always wanted to do a book but because I don’t work in projects or themes I didn’t know where to start. One day my friend Gijs Van Den Berg said why don’t you do a book based on color. He edited and designed it, and we got an amazing producer called Julia Llamas to help find a publisher, and it went from there.
What's a day like in the life of Will Sanders when he is not busy working on new projects?
I take photos most days! I get up to take our pug Odin to the park. Every other day I go to yoga (doing handstands is another thing I’ve discovered that makes me happy) try to read as much as possible, but I also love watching TV.
I love flying to the city early in the morning and leaving late the same night. I feel that visiting places for such a short time helps you connect with the environment as it’s so intense when it’s for such a short period.
Can we except more beautiful work from you soon?
I’m always shooting stuff and am a bit OCD, so I try and post three images a day on Instagram! Hopefully, people will find those pictures beautiful!
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