My full name is Callum Cole, a lot of people call me Cal. I am a 16 year old photographer from Manchester in Northern England, and in my free time I like to play basketball and draw, as well as taking and editing photographs. I still go to high school, but I am moving on to college later this year.
I started taking photos when I was 13 years old after seeing photos of London and Manchester on Instagram by some ‘instagram famous’ photographers. At this point I went into the city centre a lot already, and after being inspired by these people I chose to take some photos on my phone. I posted a few of them on Instagram, and people seemed to like them which motivated me so a couple months later, on my 14th birthday, I got my first camera - a Nikon D3200 - which I still use now.
I like taking photos because it gives me something meaningful to do with my time - if I have got a couple of hours to spare, I can go out with my camera. Furthermore, it allows me to connect with other people with similar interests and talk, and as well as this I can sometimes make money from doing a thing i enjoy - which is crazy to me. I really love the idea that every photo I take is unique, and that no one can ever truly replicate it. And, in my opinion, taking a photo that you are instantly proud of is one of the best feelings there is.
I would say I am mainly inspired by other instagram accounts who I follow, one of my main sources of inspiration being photographer Lucan Coutts, @lucancoutts on instagram, and some of them even happen follow me back which is really humbling. As well as this, I am a big fan of cyberpunk and neon colours- as well as this i was also very much inspired by the muted teal and orange tones in the new Joker film- and this heavily influences my editing process. Recently, I have been more inspired by street photographers and cinematographers, for example Shane Taylor -@heroesforsale on Instagram, because there is a rawness and uniqueness to their work due to the fact that no one will ever be able to capture the same image. I also feel these street moments are something people may look back on in future generations as an archetype of what life was like in this time period and therefore I think there is also an element of importance to their art.
Sometimes i struggle with what kind of photos i want to create, as i don’t really have a specific preference for things to photograph; varying from shooting architecture and landscapes to portraits and street photography. I use a consistent blue, purple and orange set of tones in my work and mainly shoot in evenings or at night, influencing my colour choice. I hope that my photos are perceived as quite moody and cinematic yet also dreamy and futuristic.