Alistair Ogilvy meets Glasgow based photographer Peter Methven.
Peter Methven’s photography is crisp, fresh, and life-like with a tangible sensibility to it. From fashion, landscape to portraiture he covers a broad range of subject matter all enveloping his unique style.
The sharpness and clarity of lines bring a cinematic feel to the image, directing us to move in and out of the mood of his photographs. Being brought up in Glasgow he has learned photography the hard way with its difficult shooting conditions taking in its gritty glamour and atmosphere. Peter is well-travelled and has had the opportunity to capture some interesting scenes; even some of the photos taken abroad have a stimulating Glasgow elegance to them with a certain luminosity and aura.
It’s refreshing to see images that have a back-ground story but are not conforming to other old fashioned constraints.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Apart from the greats… I suppose I draw more on them than I do on modern photographers… and great painters too...
What do you look for in an image besides the subject matter? Is it atmosphere or some-thing else?
I always search for something extra I suppose that’s the nature of photography. I’m particu-larly drawn to bright colours and more laterally geometry and texture. Obviously any sort of out of the ordinary emotion or phenomenon makes your photo extra special. I quite like to create an illusion, storytelling is the hardest part of course but that’s where I would like my photographic “destination” to be.
Do you spend time constructing a shot or do you try and make it as natural as possible?
Honestly I do both, when I shoot fashion everything lies with direction, my portraits are gen-erally highly choreographed and I’ll have an idea of what I’m looking for before I coordinate a shoot. A lot of research goes into location too. However more often than not I will arrive and based on the model or crew I’m working with will completely abandon any idea on a whim because I’m particularly drawn to some idea I’ve had or something I’ve seen. I suppose while the formation of the idea is quite rigid the event of taking, is undoubtedly a fluid pro-cess. In answer to the second part of your question I do seek to make it as natural as possible even with things which are conceptual, it adds to the illusion of the final product. You can tell when the models uncomfortable and when the model is uncomfortable the photo is simply bad.
It seems to me Peter is forging his own path, gaining inspiration from his surroundings and subject matter. He is a bright spark in the scene, not conforming, producing photos that he wants to take, that could equally be found in a gallery or an underground publication, like GCA for example.
To see more of Peter's work visit: primedandpreened.tumblr.com
Article by Alistair Ogilvy