This week we meet Glasgow based photographer Saint Werewolf, aka Francis J Smith.
"I got into photography mainly by accident when in my last year of high school I took up Higher Photography as a filler course. I had very little interest in this subject at this time as my main focus was journalism. I passed this course and forgot about it for a few years."
"After the journalism course didn't work out, I tried picking up my camera again and slowly taught myself all the techniques I had forgot about before. This was aided by friends who were photographers who had more experience in this field and picking up more knowledge on the way."
"I decided to take up a HND course in photography at the City of Glasgow college so I could learn more. 2 years down the line, I graduated and started setting up my own projects. A lot of it mainly focusing in fashion and fine art."
"I like to use wide open spaces in my images. My favourite in particular is derelict sites, worn down buildings, and large industrial equipment. I like to use natural light for my images without any flash, mixing shadows and day light gives my images a natural feel to my work and mixing some street lights to my night time images for a more cinematic feel."
"My main inspiration came from films and music instead of other photographers. I watched a lot of Pedro Almadavor films to gain inspiration; his bright films depicting gender and sexuality are all beautiful, yet simply shot. The Nicolas Winding Refn film, 'Drive' is another, with its bright cinematography. It's stunning visuals and graphic imagery is a perfect example of conveying vulnerable emotion through stills instead of spoken word."
"I looked to my favourite music artists too, Bjork in particular. Her avant garde style is where I want my work to aim towards. My aspiration is to hopefully have my work displayed in publications like Vogue, Dazed and Confused and I'D Magazine. I want to travel the world with my work and shoot in locations like New York, San Francisco, Paris and Tokyo. I am traveling to New York this summer for a holiday and already have a few shoots lined up in advance. I can't wait to use the open space and skyscrapers in my images and working with new people."
"My recent project includes using Polaroid from Impossible Film Project in my work. I take one shot at the end of the shoot and ask for the model to sign it with whatever they want. This be their name, song lyrics or whatever their feeling. I've collected hundreds of polaroids over the last 2 years. The reason for this is to collect a token from each person I meet that's personal between me and them and possibly display this in a large space some point."
"I've recently purchased a Medium format camera and plan to step up some fashion shoots soon using this. There is a new wave of going 'back to basics' and shooting with out of date film and vintage cameras. I'm buying a lot of old cameras from vintage shops, charity shops and ebay to use in some future shoots."