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Every week HeadStuff’s Visual Arts Editor will feature posts from their favourite artists on Instagram. So add the hashtag #thisheadstuff to be featured!
Up this week is Samuel Foxton / @samuelfoxton who holds a degree in Cinematography from Ballyfermot College. As a freelance filmmaker, motion graphics artist and photographer since 2013, he has worked over a wide range of projects including music videos, promotional and event videos, film festivals, online content, fashion film, television, theatre and more. You can check out his newly launched website here.
What is Instagram for you?
Instagram for me is a relaxed environment that can exhibit both portfolio and lifestyle. I would use it to not just showcase my photography but to show the process behind photo and video shoots, it’s more informal as opposed to my website. I like to use it as a mood board for myself and a place to keep things I see on a daily basis that would influence me.
Why/when did you decide to start sharing your work on there?
I started taking Insta “seriously” about a year ago when I was studying cinematography and really got into developing film in a darkroom. I gained appreciation for being careful and specific in what I was shooting, which I guess is a similar process when choosing what to post on the gram.
How would you describe your style?
If I tried to put my style into one sentence I would say, “an ominous jellyfish washed up on a foggy beach, but it’s snowing… and there are lots of trees.”
What equipment do you use?
I currently use a 5D Mark III to shoot video and digital. I recently bought an old Russian Zenit for film photography.
Who has been or currently is an influence on you?
I find a lot of my inspiration in nature for sure, but also from directors like Tarkovsky, Bergman and Béla Tarr. I’m working on a short film at the moment that takes a lot of inspiration from my childhood, so I suppose everyday experiences too.
What are your must-follow accounts on Instagram?
These guys are all doing some GreatStuff: Gabriel Levesque aka Osaka Design, Hendrik Wolter, Killian Fallon and in case you aren’t one of the 66.7m followers… National Geographic.
What’s the best hashtag going and why?
Today is #GoldenGlobes, but on any other day #RepealThe8th.