23-year-old Canadian, Adam Revington captures everyday life in a humbling yet captivating way that makes for a compelling portfolio for the emerging photographer. Picking up his camera, Revington invites us into his world when he photographs. The outcome - "a documentation of subtle beauty" that fearlessly welcomes you to explore each narrative.
Here, Dazed gets an insight into Revington's portfolio and his thoughts on the future of film and photography.
Dazed Digital: You take a lot of photographs from everyday life and occurrences, what is it about these moments that inspire you to capture them?
Adam Revington: With the everyday snapshot, it's a way of stopping time while not interrupting anything. I like that these moments are very close to reality - a documentation of subtle beauty.
DD: Which of your photographs is your favourite and why?
Adam Revington: Every new roll of film comes with a new photo that I'm really into. With this, it allows me to move on and not stay with one moment or idea for too long. I am excited about the Thick & Dirty (Wheels) series. For me, they are these very arbitrary objects that have a dialogue about masculinity and image, a documentation of lower, middle class.
DD: Basketball appears a number of times in your work, is this another passion of yours?
Adam Revington: It's not a passion. When I was younger much of my time was playing sports and that was a big part of growing up. By documenting it now, I am taking that part of my past and placing it in the context of today. The art world and the sports world seem to have many similarities. With the basketball nets, I'm trying to isolate the sport and object as a lonely activity; reversing the role of a sport that is heavily based on team and hype.
DD: Where do you see film and photography in 50 years?
Adam Revington: In 50 years I think much is going to stay the same. Megapixels are increasing and lenses are becoming faster and sharper. No longer do people use the darkroom to manipulate the image, they now use photoshop. Many of the technical aspects are becoming more user friendly, and at times the photograph seems unvalued due to its volume on the internet. The transparency of the photographer and the behaviour of people in front of the camera seem to be changing over time.
DD: You are a filmmaker as well as a photographer, in your work does one have a big impact and influence on the other?
Adam Revington: The two mediums work so closely together – for me, it's hard to separate them at times, photography has affected my filmmaking more though. When creating a film about reality, I try to use the stillness and immediacy of photography because that's reality.
DD: If your photography had a soundtrack what album would it play?
Adam Revington: Elliott Smith - Self-titled.
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