Interview with Jack Batchelor

We have featured a whole bunch of illustrators over the past weeks in this little blog, so I guess it is time to have a photographer again! We have chosen Jack Batchelor, student of photography in London, who has just started selling on ARTFLAKES.

Read on, what he had to tell us about himself.

Why and when did you start making art?
I started taking photographs about 2 years ago when I got my first camera for my 16th Birthday. I remember my Dad telling me that being a Photographer is the best job you could have, and since I wasn’t great at drawing or designing, I figured Photography would be the best entrance into the art world.

What kind of art do you make?
I specialise in Photography, and most recently Photo Manipulation. I’ve always looked for ways to enhance my photographs both conceptually and artistically, so manipulating my photographs to create these out of world scenarios is something I find fascinating.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Mostly the environment I live in. Taking walks through large open fields near to where I live is a huge inspiration to my photographs and concepts. I also draw a lot of inspiration from other people’s work on websites such as Flickr and 500px and brainstorming ideas with a couple of my fellow photographer friends. It’s hard to boil down your inspiration to specifics though, as everyday life and the simple beauties it has to offer generally inspire me.

What does your usual workday look like?
Since I’m still a student I don’t particular have a general workday, but if I was brainstorming an idea for a concept shoot, I would usually start the night before coming up with the different ways I could approach the concept and then fall asleep until I really concentrate on one particular idea. I then wake up with a clear image in my head of what my final image will look like and the technical process that goes with it. In the evening I’ll spend hours editing it all together until I’m finally happy. I like to be organised and have a plan for my photographs, as there’s nothing more satisfying to me than creating a concept in your head and having it turn out exactly how you planned.

How do you spend a perfect sunday?
A perfect Sunday would have to be an extremely unhealthy lay in bed, followed by a huge brunch with an unhealthy amount of bacon, and then taking a relaxing dog walk in the evening as the sun goes down. As much as I love taking Photographs, I think it’s important to distance yourself sometimes in order to reflect on ideas.

What is your favourite taste of chocolate?
I’m a bit of a victim to chocolate biscuits, Hob Nob’s in particular. Then again, you can’t beat a good old Kit Kat Chunky.

Show me your favourite artwork (from your own collection or another artist)
Lieko Shiga creates some incredible Photographs using vibrant colours that are both wonderful and strange. I’ve always been a fan of creating artworks that distance themselves from the traditional sense, and she creates some art that looks like it’s from another planet. This is a particular favourite of mine.

Whom should we interview next?
Since I’m fairly new to ARTFLAKES, I haven’t really been able to explore the community just yet so I would suggest interviewing a couple of huge inspirations to my work on Flickr. My work really wouldn’t be the standard it is now without them: Luke Sharratt & Chloe Smith

If you could have coffee with a famous artist – dead or alive – whom would you choose?
I always find this one to be the hardest question! Sitting down with one of the all time greats such as Henri Cartier-Bresson would be incredible. However I have to defend my music rights and say Elliott Smith.

What is your philosophy of life?
You only live once. So make the absolute most of it, be happy with what you have, and focus on something you really love doing.

Thanks, Jack!

See more of Jack’s work in his shop at ARTFLAKES or on Flickr.