Adrian Lander is an advertising photographer based in Australia. His personal work is of an unbeatable quirky style, impacting -in such a way- his commercial work.
Where were you born and where are you now?
I was born near Brighton, in the UK of the 70s. I have been living in Melbourne and Sydney since the 94, when I came to Australia on a working holiday visa with my now wife, who is Australian.
Does your location influence your photography?
I certainly think that where I live and work influences my outlook of the world, and therefore, my photography.
I live in inner city Melbourne, which is pretty lively and there is always loads of things going on: music, street art, galleries and restaurants. I am also fortunate that my work takes me around the country.
How did you had the idea of this series?
I was travelling through Vietnam along with my family in January, and I was looking for a serie or two to shoot while I was there.
We were in an area called Doc Let Beach, in Central Vietnam. On a morning walk along the beach there was a lot of debris; washed-up plastic bottles, bags, fishing nets, deflated inflatables and around a 50 meters stretch of clothing.
I always carry my camera so I started taking pictures, and over the next few days more and more clothes started to appear, emerging from the sand.
I kept thinking about how the clothes got there: was it a fishing boat that sank? Were they just dumped on the beach? Maybe a refugees boat that sank?
What gear did you use for this series?
I have always had a soft spot for Fujifilm cameras. I started my career using the excellent Fujifilm GX680 medium format camera: it was the ultimate medium format with tilt shift and multi format capabilities.
I also have a XPan Panoramic film camera, which is made by Fujifilm and Hasselblad as well. Since then, I have been using Hasselblad and Phase one -- the lens (I think) are made by Fujinon, Canon and Arca Swiss. Way too many cameras!
For fun and travelling I have a Fujifilm X100T and a Fujifilm X-Pro2. On this trip, I took my new X-Pro2 and the XF27mm pancake lens, a Zeiss Touit 32mm, the Rokinon 12mm and the 45mm XPan lens with an adaptor, and the 58mm .
I just couldn’t decide what to leave behind! I ended up mostly using the pancake on this trip. I am looking forward to checking out the medium format Fujifilm GFX50s in the future.
What advice can you offer on finding a personal style in photography?
The best advice to develop a personal style is to shoot subjects and set-ups that interest you. It is difficult to do, but I would also avoid being overly saturated with online photography. Choose what you want to look at more carefully. And, more importantly, keep shooting and experimenting.
Even after 20 years as a professional photographer, I still learn something new on every shoot.
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