Get set world. James White is about to take flight!
Describing himself as an excited Labrador and described by others as a cheeky little so and so, James White sounds irritatingly fun and we dig that.
Before turning his hand to photography, James was a farm labourer and still holds close the very fondest memories of his turkey plucking days. Shunning the idea of a dream-team for an ideal shoot, James instead believes that said team-of-dreams is created when everything just comes together and works, regardless of names and statuses. Citing his father as a big inspiration, this week Farmer James has been snapping new faces at the i-D NOW pop-up with Menswear Editor Elgar Johnson (have a gander at the results here). Squeezing a chat between the fresh face chap snapping, i-D online talked to James as he readies himself for take-off!
How would you describe your photography for someone who’s never seen it? There are no rules or regulations, it’s pretty free, if it happens it happens, if it doesn’t, it still happens. I call it free-falling.
What gives James White a fright? Leggings, especially flesh coloured.
If you could photograph anyone, living or dead, who would it be? This is a tough one. My answer would be Henry VII and his wives – imagine the drama! I’d be the only one there to catch it all on camera…
At what station does James White tend to alight? Homerton bo!
Who’s photography do you admire? I’m in constant awe of the original rock and rollers such as Peter Lindbergh, Paolo Roversi, Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, Tim Walker, David Sims the list goes on… but for me, Alasdair Mclellan.
To where would James White most like to take flight? Teahupoo, Tahiti.
Who would you most like to see on the cover of i-D? Elgar Johnson, he’s a good looking chap.
For what would James White fight with all his might? Front row seats at a Take That concert. But on a serious note, my family.
What’s the plan? Far too many, but mostly to achieve.
Text: Francesca Dunn