We are very proud to present our new London representative, known for fishing with dynamite – the one and only – Cam Crosland!
Welcome to Full Frontal Flash Cam, we are very happy to have you in our collective.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a non-binary person from Surrey in England, close to London. I play guitar, though currently the guitars are jealous of the camera. I started out as a Modern History & Political Science graduate working as a software tester, trained in counselling for a year and then photography came along…
When did you start with photography and more importantly when and why did you start to use a flash?
I’ve always been fascinated by visual art, and when I left my job in 2009, I began dabbling in photography. Then, in 2010, I discovered that Street Photography existed as a genre and became hooked.
My philosophy in life is to squeeze every opportunity out of my circumstances, to appreciate what I have, rather than focusing on what I’m lacking. When I first started Street Photography, my opportunities to go out and shoot were very limited, so I couldn’t afford to be picky about lighting conditions or subject matter and using only ambient light was very important for me for a long time.
After many years of feeling out of control and overtaken by life’s events, things began to change for me. At the start of 2017, I took a conscious, deliberate decision to embark on using flash as a way of taking control and being more pro-active in my picture taking, and at the same time celebrating my new-found zest for life… and thus “Fishing with Dynamite” was born.
I’ve always made pictures that come out of my life experiences and emotions and reflect who I am as a person, so it’s not by chance that I started using flash at a key time in my non-binary gender transition. Making changes to my body and appearance finally allowed me to feel comfortable and confident in myself and to feel confident with being close to people – and comfortable with being seen by people. After taking control of my life by legally changing my name and finally gaining a sense of ownership over my life, picking up a flash enabled me to take control artistically, by allowing me to go out and pro-actively make pictures in a way that I hadn’t been able to before.
Could you describe your photographic style?
Using flash allows me to create pictures expressing the intensity with which I experience the world. Often the information flooding into my senses is a source of great delight but it is also frequently uncomfortable and overwhelming – it can bring me to the point of sensory overload. Flash is a tool which allows me to shed light on things both metaphorically and literally; it’s a way of highlighting not only details, colours and textures but also the gestures and interactions which grab my attention. It’s about energy. I love to make images which are vivid, cinematic and dramatic but at the same time balance that with subtlety and detail.
Show us some of your flash photos and tell us something about them.
Thank you Cam and welcome, were stoked to have you onboard!