“More often than not I think I only do things because I can photograph them: as long as I have a camera with me, it doesn’t matter all that much where I am and where I’m going. I collect slices of reality not because they aid my memory but because they become an extension of the experiences.”
We love our job, especially when we have publications falling on our doorsteps from photographers we hadn’t yet discovered. Jola Sopek is a young photographer from Poland who now made her home in the UK. Jola’s book ‘Morningrise’ was one of the topics we spoke to her about. “Morningrise is a book about dreams. For as long as I can remember, mornings were my favourite time of day, filled with hope and a sense of endless possibilities. I always thought of mornings as if they were physical bodies, palpable and constant. Perhaps that’s why my camera seems to complement mornings so well – they were made for each other.”
“I run all of it by myself, but occasionally I’ll have help from family and close friends. I start out by thinking of a theme – here I usually panic and worry that I won’t be able to think of something strong enough to run with. But bizarrely at that point in time, events happen in my life and it sparks an idea.”
Chloe Ray is the latest addition to our small team. Chloe is a designer who studied Graphic Design in Cambridge a couple of years back. She is also the creator of Idle Magazine, “a magazine for the quieter readers, who wish to get away from the mundane and chaos of the real world. For the five-minute biscuit break or the indulgent bedtime reading.” Idle aims to feed curiosity and shed light on the overlooked things in life. We think this is a noble cause and met up with Chloe a while back on the pebbled beach of Brighton where we browsed each other’s magazines and made plans to take over the publishing world.