‘I’ve always been fascinated by nature,’ says Ian. ‘My favourite shoots are set in natural surroundings, using natural light. I love the endless varieties of images you can produce in the ever-changing surroundings of a natural location.’
He’s also a bit of a work-out buff. ‘I enjoy exercising so as to build an ideal naturally aesthetic body,’ he says. ‘This is probably something to do do with how I am with my photography – obsessed with natural aesthetic form.’
Find out more below.
Born in Liverpool, living in London, I am a student of Fashion Management at London College of Fashion. I grew up in a house filled with cameras of every sort. My father took me under his wing and taught me everything I needed to know about landscape photography, before I knew my 12 times table.
As I grew older, I felt landscapes were boring and lifeless, and I wanted to bring some human emotion into my work. I only really began to take things seriously towards the end of my schooling life in summer 2011. I saw my new life on the horizon, moving to London, and I wanted to make the most of it.
I tried juggling university work, part-time employment, and photography, but I didn’t take a single photo in three months.So I left my job, and started to push my photography more, until it became almost an obsession. Ideas for photo shoots began flowing through my head all the time; on the bus, in lectures, when I tried to sleep. They haven’t stopped.
My inspirations are taken from everywhere. I have been influenced so much in the way I work by those photographers I find online, in terms of themes, image content, and processing. There are too many to name but, in no particular order, Teresa Q, Jordan Green, Joshua Porter, Jeremy Snell, Ryan Lee Turton.
More recently, I have become more influenced by the work I find on Tumblr. I made a blog mainly to post inspiring images that I found there, and it is a great source of incredible work. These have heavily influenced what I have chosen to work towards. I think music plays a large part in my inspiration, emotions and stories that are fed to me from songs I listen to, often lead me to create a number of images.
I am very self critical; virtually every series of images I produce I look back on them after a few weeks, and start to pick them to pieces. However this photo [right] was my favourite from a set I shot in an attempt to improve this annoying situation I kept putting myself into.
I wanted an image that stood out from my previous work, one that had a certain delicacy, but power. I tried some interesting camera techniques with this series, as seen in this image, which I am quite proud of and will explore further.
Who is your favourite ‘creative’ in your chosen field?
Aaron Nace has to be my number one creative in photography. His work has always stunned me. But it is not for his work that he is my favourite. It is his contribution to the photography industry. He provides so much high quality information that anyone of any skill can use effectively. Somehow he manages to juggle all of this with his full time work as a professional photographer; has to be my favourite photographer.
All images © Ian Barrar. To view the images in clearer detail, click on them.