Noir Notions, Lee Diment.
Carnival Magazine speaks to Manchester based photographer Lee Diment about his inspirations, passions and diverse fashion portfolio. Fascinated with line and shape, Lee talks about his love for collaboration and his next photographic ventures...
Tell us about yourself.
I'm 24 years old, I grew up in Manchester, in a place called Withington. My photography takes up most of my time, but when I do have a bit of free time I enjoy the usual stuff, music, art, going out etc.
Did you study photography or a related course?
I did, I studied photography but I didn't stay too long. It was hard to engage in the projects we were being given, it wasn't fuelling my passion for photography. I wanted to go out there and do my own thing - so I taught myself. I learnt so much quicker! It was constant trial and error, but I think that's the best way to learn. You learn what works and what doesn't pretty fast. Being out there and working with fellow creatives played a big part in my development too. Make-up artists, stylists and models all have ideas and skills that you can learn from and channel into your own work. University works for some people and doesn't for others, it depends on the person. I just think as a creative it's about your body of work. Sometimes, a university degree can be hyped up too much and I think it's often best to go out into the world and just do it.
Tell us about your work.
Editorial is my main passion, but I do other work like weddings and product photography too. It's fun telling a story through images. I wouldn't say I have a definitive style yet as I haven't been photographing that long, but I'm a big lover of creating interesting shapes and lines in my work. That love is quite obvious in my work, I'd say. Photography is my full time profession, I couldn't imagine doing anything else. I usually do 4 shoots a week although I probably need to shoot a little less as editing can often be quite time consuming. The dream is to become famous so somebody can edit for me!
What do you love about photography?
I could go on forever answering this question! Photography is so much more than a passion to me. The whole process of taking an image is a beautiful thing. With one click of a button you can create something that will last forever. That moment in time becomes yours - it just doesn't get much cooler than that. I also love final images from a shoot. It’s all about collaboration; these amazing creative teams coming together to make a photograph.
Which photographers inspire your practice?
Jacques Henri Lartigue influences me greatly. I love the sense of innocence and romance in his images. Paul Strand is another one. You wouldn't necessarily expect him to inspire my work with it being so different to mine, but it's his use of line that amazes me. He really controls the way in which you look at his images and that's something I try to do often in my work.
What editorials are featuring in Issue 02 of Carnival Magazine?
The two editorials featured in this issue are 'Noir Notions' and 'Lucy'.
Tell us about this featured editorial, Noir Notions.
'Noir Notions' was born out of a need and desire to work with a designer called Jada Lynton. Her work is incredible, so I kept pestering her to shoot and we finally found a suitable date. The model, Anna Carradice, was perfect for the shoot. Anna just got it, I barely had to direct her! I've been doing a lot of black and white since this shoot actually. I heard somewhere, ''in colour you state, in black and white you suggest''. I absolutely love that, I want people to think when they look at my work.
Tell us about your featured editorial, Lucy. [View]
'Lucy' came about when I had the amazing Lucy Mccaden available to shoot over the summer. I contacted Kerry, the stylist , and she proposed the pastel editorial with Lucy. We put a concept board together and planned the shoot! I was really pleased with the outcome. The styling, the make up, the hair - it all came together nicely.
PHOTOGRAPHY / Lee Diment
MODELS / Anna Carradice @ Boss Model Management
FASHION DESIGNER & STYLING / Jada Lynton
HAIR STYLING & MUA / Maxine Smith
See more of Lee's work in Carnival Magazine Issue 02 and on his portfolio website.