Photographer Ben Meadows talks us through what motivates him, personal accomplishments and his involvement with Creative Conscience.
What are you passionate about? What motivates and inspires you?
I’ve always liked music and comedy, and usually, my best work has come from being immersed in that environment, working with people with the same passion inspires me the most.
Photography can be unpredictable and often very last minute, I will often find a shoot will be thrown at you and you have to think how to tackle it creatively and technically, which can be both terrifying and very exciting. On the other hand, photography has allowed me to build creative and personal relationships with the people I have photographed which has shaped my work and me.
What is your greatest professional (and/or personal) accomplishment?
Being commissioned by Channel 4 was really exciting, for as long as I can remember, if television that was different and exciting, it would usually start on Channel 4 and your initial introduction would be through their imagery that would excite and pull your interest, to be part of that was a big thrill.
To produce a video for Matt Berry was very rewarding, I have worked with Matt for a long time and I’m very proud of the music video that reflects the visual style which I helped create.
Most recently my biggest accomplishment was having my work exhibited at the British Film Institute Southbank celebrating 10 years of BUG, I love working with the BUG team and the BFI and to see my work in that iconic space was very satisfying.
Who has been your biggest influence?
I’ve always liked photographers like Anton Corbijn and Tim Walker.
On a more personal level working with photographers like Dean Chalkley was very inspiring, he showed me that to produce truly original work you have to be the catalyst of that idea and bring that to the client or commissioner, I think that what makes you invaluable as a photographer in a crowded market. But the person who inspired me most was Andrew Woods he has always supported me and given me lots good advice throughout my career.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given and who gave it?
One of the best bits of advice was given to me by Andrew and it was that my best work came from the subjects that interested me the most (music and comedy), and that genuine interest and passion came through in my pictures and would create interest in you and your photography.
What moved you to get involved with Creative Conscience?
Encouraging and rewarding graduates to work with The Creative Conscience Awards is a great thing. I think working with young people is always really inspiring, at that time of your life you have enthusiasm and energy that you never have again. When I work with Photography graduates they always teach me something new and come at a task with a new perspective. I can see that fresh outlook and enthusiasm in the graduates I meet at The Creative Conscience Awards ceremony.