From Teletubbies to Britney Spears, photographer Lewis Vorn takes cues from all corners of pop culture
Silly yet incredibly skilled, the London-based photographer's work might be messy, but it works.
Raised in the small Welsh seaside town of Barmouth, photographer Lewis Vorn often found his mind wandering. “Growing up in the middle of nowhere, my imagination was triggered by TV, music and magazines,” he says. “But also by having the space to walk around for hours day dreaming.” Immersing himself in such broad visual media, Lewis now cites various pop culture as being the primary influence to his work, from Scooby Doo to Britney Spears and horror movies.
This love of “silly, weird, colourful and chaotic” creative work has fuelled Lewis' penchant for lightheartedness, both in his images and the way he works. He loves collaborating with people who want to make something fun, and experimenting with physical materials and props (see a Teletubby eating smiley faces below).
When it comes to the photographing, Lewis describes himself as “quite greedy”, shooting interchangeably on three cameras and always trying his utmost to get as many images as possible. This results in a “messy” and “scatty” process – with brilliant results. His trademark, layered images have a certain nostalgia about them, while still exuding a fresh, current and stylish feel.
Lewis Vorn: Mila at Flat 3 (Copyright © Lewis Vorn, 2022)
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