“Shoot from your heart, and let it bleed.” Ian Flanders
Ian Flanders (born in 1977) is a self-taught documentary photographer from Australia currently based in Sydney. For Ian Flanders photography is a means to understand the world.
Ian Flanders, why did you become a photographer? And what does photography mean to you?
It wasn’t a choice, so-to-speak. So there isn’t a ‘why I became’ a photographer. I simply felt like expressing my creativeness via photography one day, so I purchased a 5D when I was in Tokyo. Photography is letting me communicate how I see the world, how I’m trying to understand it.
How would you describe your photographic language and creative process?
Which photographer has inspired you most?
Stephen Dupont would be the most inspiring on the basis that his work, for the most part, guided me to the documentary style.
What’s your favorite inspirational quote about photography?
It’s not directly on photography, but it is sound advice:
“Listen to everybody, but don’t follow their advice.” Gaspor Noé
What kind of camera and equipment do you use?
Fujifilm Xpro-1, Hasselblad X-Pan, iPhone.
What book about photography would you recommend?
None, I’ve never been one to read about or do research on photography. However, I do love certain photography books by photographers.
Which advice would you give someone who wants to get started with photography?
Shoot from your heart, and let it bleed.
More information about contemporary photographer Ian Flanders
Official homepage “Ian Flanders Photography”: www.anywherebuthere.com.au