suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
eleanor CARTER: my project isn’t really a collection of planned out, inter-linking photographs. these pictures are more a study of me, my friends, my inspirations, my feelings and the things around me. they document me and the things both at the heart of and on the periphery of my life.
sP: who or what influenced this project?
eC: my friends, music and the task of preserving memories and moments. i tend to horde things like gig tickets and flyers to remind me of good times and taking photographs is just an extension of that for me. i’m very aware of the fact time is going so quickly so i’d like to think i can keep a hold on my teenage years through these pictures!
sP: what were you reading/listening to/ watching while developing this project?
eC: wow this has to be the hardest question ever for me just because i could keep on listing things forever but i’ll attempt to narrow things down! reading wise i’m very into the classics which can range from dostoyevsky and the bronte’s to more modern masters such as burroughs and j.g. ballard. i love creating a picture of characters and their environments in my head and i think these images can sometimes subconsciously inspire my work or styles. i also read a lot of magazines like dazed and confused, i-d, hobo and huh to see what fashion and photographic styles are about at the moment.
for inspiration for my black and white photography i watch “in search of a midnight kiss”. the film is shot so beautifully and really captures the connection between two people. i also love “quadrophenia” as it’s a period in time that fascinates me. the music, fashion and energy in the younger generations seemed so amazing.
the “listening to” part of this is harder as i’m a complete music obsessive and listen to so much stuff. it really depends what kind of mood i’m in. if i want something a bit abstract then i like industrial like cabaret voltaire, weird electro like pivot or spoken word like george pringle. if it’s an angry day then i like loud stuff like pulled apart by horses, the ghost of a thousand and rolo tomassi. retro days i like pixies, the human league and joy division. before a night out i like to listen to crystal castles, digitalism and late of the pier. the albums i’m listening to most at the moment are fever ray, pull tiger tail, bat for lashes, sebastien tellier and the horrors. music is my biggest inspiration. it fascinates me and i love deciphering lyrics and becoming consumed by a melody or bass line.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
eC: i’m really into photographers who seem to have an incredible ability for showing their inner selves through self portrait photography at the moment. my favourites for this are logan jack and rosie compton. both are very young and both seem blissfully unaware of their incredible talent. i’ve also been a bit in love with the work of lewis chaplin for a while. he was definitely the one who got me to pick up my film cameras again. then for the absolute masters it has to be david bailey, rankin, roberta bayley, merri cyr and hedi slimane. i just find their work awe inspiring.