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Mel Bles and the Stink of the City

The London photographer talks about her plans and inspirations.

London based photographer Mel Bles has been taking photos for over 15 years. She is a regular contributor to Dazed & Confused, and also shoots for V magazine, VMan and Another Magazine. Here she tells Dazed Digital about her photographic inspirations, love of football and plans for the future.

Dazed Digital: How old are you?
Mel Bles: 29
DD: How long have you been taking photos?
MB: About 15 years.
DD: How would you describe your photographic style?
MB: Its loose and fun and quite intimate, but always seems to be graphic and simple.
DD: What is inspiring you at the moment?
MB: It’s always the same things: the smell of nature, the stink of the city, new friendships and my husband.
DD: Were you interested in photography when you were growing up? When did you start to take photos?
MB: I was always interested in photos and when my granddad gave me his Nikon when he lost his sight I was able to start investigating that interest seriously. But I was very serious about painting for a long time, and I think that love is something that still informs my work today.
DD: What is your dream job?
MB: A sportswear campaign, featuring Thierry Henry, John Terry, Paolo Maldini and Jose Mourinho. I love sport, especially football.
DD: Who are your favorite photographers and why?
MB: Guy Bourdin because he had balls and a sense of humor, and William Eggleston because he's an innovator, a genius and a madman.
DD: Who would you most like the opportunity to photograph and why?
MB: There's something about Dennis Hopper - the past insanity in his eyes - that I've always found quite appealing... He's a man that’s lived life hard.
DD: What are your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself in ten years time?
MB: I'm always inspired by the road and adventure. Taking photos takes you on adventures; I hope I'll have had many more by then.