Interview: Daniel Cheetham

Spindle talk to photographer, Daniel Cheetham.

I first got in to photography when I was about 14, around the time I was getting in to skateboarding. Photographing skating was pretty short lived. I always wanted to skate and not have to carry camera kit around with me. I did photography at college which is where I would say I learnt the more technical side of photography. It wasn’t until university where I started to focus on the more conceptual side of photography and started looking at other photographers in depth. Mark Power is my all time favourite photographer, he just gets it right. I look at his work and it just makes me want to go out and shoot.  After university I had a part time job in Calumet and thats where I started picking up bits of assisting work, I always knew if I didn’t work in photography I would still work on projects, I do some form of photography everyday wether its shooting or editing there is always something going on.

I think its really important to try everything you can get your hands on different formats.

- How would you describe your work?

I would describe my work as honest and considered if that makes sense??

 

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-  Do you carry a camera with you at all times?

Not all the time no if I have a camera its usually because am going out working on a project or shooting something specific.

 

- What would be your dream project?

Projects where I get to travel to places I haven’t been, I really want to go to Japan.

 

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- What advice would you give to a budding photographer?

The best advice I could give is to concentrate on your own personal work and develop your own style and interests first, no need to rush things, also assist a good photographer.

 

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- What can we see from you in 2015?

I just started a project called Around Here which is going to be a collection of projects working under the same title, I put the first project “New York” out as a Zine and I have just finished the second project “M60″ which documents the towns based around the M60 ring road, Manchester. Its already creating an odd but interesting body of work, hopefully towards the end of the year the projects will be done and I can start to look for space to show it in London / Manchester.