I was really happy when Luca agreed to be interviewed for a second time on MULL IT OVER back in February. We have interviewed him once before in September 2009 and I have been eager to get him back ever since. Sage has a wonderful way with his subjects and more often than not will use natural light amazingly. Give a big hand to Luca Sage

JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you want to be growing up?

LUCA SAGE: The only thing I wanted when I was growing up was to play for Arsenal, I didn’t think about anything else. I also remember wanting a plane, a really big plane. I went round the class and wrote down a list of who wanted to be the first passengers. My mate Kevin was going to build it, I would fly it. Anything is possible when you’re six. Funny to think of how even back then I had a desire to jump on a plane and see the World.

JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?

LS: Nelson Mandela and Steve McQueen (the director not the actor). Both very inspiring to say the least. Photographically wise, Broomberg and Chanarin's early work is always an inspiration.

JC: What are you up to right now?

LS: Sitting in my freezing studio sending a file to Harpers Bazaar Australia. Apart from that I’m working on a series of newspapers which should be ready in a few weeks.

JC: Have you had mentors along the way?

LS: My father would love to be listed here so I’ll say my father. Apart from him I’d probably say Mark Power's influence and wise words have always stuck with me and been an inspiration.

JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?

LS: Currently I’m based in Brighton, where you can’t walk the streets without bumping into another photographer.

JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?

LS: Less thinking, more shooting. Whatever advice somebody gives it’s often more directed at themselves than for others, so obviously I need to shoot more and think less but I think it’s pretty universal these days? And if all else fails, be a plumber, it won’t make you as happy but I’ve never met a poor plumber.

JC: If all else fails - what is your plan B?

LS: Be a contemporary dancer. Or build the plane that I wanted when I was six. Or phone Wenger, they are a bit short this season.

JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?

LS: Yes I would say so, I used to work from home but it’s not ideal by any means, a shared studio space is much better for photographers these days. Collectives are also a great idea to get your work seen and also be encouraged when the going gets tough. Hang on, why am I not in a collective?


Foto8 Summershow 2011 : Best In Show

On Friday night I attended the Foto8 Summershow 2011 at the Host Gallery in Honduras Street, London. The greatest thing about this event (apart from the obvious amazing images on display….) was that it was actually a mini street festival, with music, food & PLENTY of free drink. I may very well have indulged in a few sherberts. I may very well have indulged in a bucket load of sherberts. Either way, I indulged. Mainly in rum & coke.

2,853 entered images were edited down to a 150 which were shown in the exhibition on the night, of which my ‘Downtown Las Vegas’ image was included. It was a fantastic event to be involved with & I urge all photographers out there to think about entering next year, as the taking part itself is inspiration enough.

I had quite a few favourites, but it was no surprise that Luca Sage won ‘Best In Show’ with his very ‘striking’ & full of vibrant colour ‘Ivory Coast 2011’ image of boy footballers. But could you imagine fast forwarding ten years & the boy at the front turns out to be the new Didier Drogba…? That would make this image even more amazingly iconic!