A true visionary leaves a trail of copycats in his wake, as photographer Hawkesworth knows: his raw, lyrical take on unglamorous locations has spawned an army of disciples treating places like Preston with an eye more regularly reserved for Paris. With campaigns for Miu Miu and J.W.Anderson under his belt, Hawkesworth’s personal projects include jaunts into the halls of boarding schools and capturing the fleeting moments of teenage sleepers. “Style and culture take a long time to change,” he says. “But today’s generation is pushing things a bit more. Particularly in fashion.”
What was your defining pop culture moment of 2014?
Jamie Hawkesworth: Photographing Willow Smith at her home in LA.
How do you think style and pop culture will change in 2015?
Jamie Hawkesworth: It will probably not change. I think style and culture take a long time to actually change. There might be small details that will shift in people’s style, but it will probably stay very similar.
In 15 words, sum up what we can expect from you in 2015.
Jamie Hawkesworth: I would very much like to spend more time and energy producing some personal work.
What’s the most exciting thing about the music/film/fashion industry today?
Jamie Hawkesworth: I think today’s generation is pushing things a bit more – particularly in fashion. I think it may have taken a while for our generation to challenge generations of the past. I think music and film have always been lucky, though, and have always remained pretty exciting.
What new skill did you learn this year?
Jamie Hawkesworth: I’ve been really bad at printing the colour red, but I think I cracked it this year.
What’s the most surprising thing we’d find out if we looked at your phone?
Jamie Hawkesworth: Lots of incredibly erotic photos of Harley Weir.
Who should have been at number one on the Dazed 100?
Jamie Hawkesworth: Benjamin Bruno.
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