QCP is taking the works of twelve Australian photo-media artists to Photo LA (15 – 18 January 2015) and Photo Contemporary (1 – 3 May 2015). This series of focus interviews gives an insight into the selected artists.
How did you first become interested in art and photography?
I’ve been enthralled by cameras and photography for almost as long as I can remember, however I really began to take it seriously when I was around 18. I had been pursuing photography as a hobby up until that point, and was involved in some of the online photography communities that were popular at the time, and through those I stumbled upon the work of some professional photographers whose lighting really blew me away. I was young and wide-eyed at the time, and I just wanted to know how they made these amazing images.
Over time, I learned more and more about photography and lighting, and for quite a while explored genres which were already well established, and tried to find my way as a freelance commercial photographer. Ultimately, after a few years of fumbling around in the dark, I started to realise that I was much more interested in photo-media art than in strictly commercial photography, and I’m now at a point where I feel like the possibilities for my work are endless and I can’t wait to start my next body of work.
What work are you showing in LA?
At Photo L.A. I’m showing a body of work titled Untitled Objects, and at Photo Contemporary I’m showing a body of work titled Artifacts. Both of these bodies of work consider similar themes, relating to the tension between real and artificial which exists in our world today, and these are themes which I hope to explore further in future work.
What are your plans for 2015?
I have just recently finished my Honours year at the Queensland College of Art, so for the past few months I’ve been taking things slow, but I do have a few exhibitions lined up this year. I am also just looking forward to actually being able to attend Photo Contemporary in May, as it will be my first time in the US. Other than that, I’m really hoping to start on a new body of work soon, and I’m quite excited about that!
For more information about David La Roche and the LA program, please visit the new QCP International website and David La Roche’s website.
Banner image: David La Roche