October 24th, 2013
Photographer Joshua Gordon, the founder of online blog ‘Fuck N Filthy’, let’s us take a peak at a selection of unpublished images from his documentation of London’s subculture.
What first ignited an interest in Photography? What is your creative background?
My CV (creative & otherwise) is pretty jumbled, I’ve had a bash at a lot of different things for the early part of my life, floating in and out of different university courses, different jobs and trying my hands at different creative professions. I’ve been taking pictures and had an avid interest in Art and Fashion since I was a little kid, but I suppose it all started to take shape when I started ‘FucknFilthy about five years ago, and since then I’ve mainly been working on the website and the brand whilst intertwining it with my interest in taking pictures.
What inspires you to pick up your camera and capture the subjects that you do?
The subjects themselves inspire me really, I just want to put my spin on things and document what I see from my perspective. I never work on formulating projects and then shooting within those guidelines, I probably should, but for now I just take pictures of whatever I come across that makes me second glance.
Who’s your Photography icon?
I find it hard to choose between Nobuyoshi Araki and Tyrone Lebon. Both of them manage to create such strong, emotive work which is second to none, aesthetically. I really like how Tyrone utilises his girlfriend, friends and various members of his family for shoots, it makes the end product so much more authentic and the fact he has a much stronger connection with his subjects really reads in his photographs. His videos blow me away too, especially ‘Ut And The Life’ and ‘The Live For London’ stuff he did for Nike, really captures the energy of London. No part of Nobuyoshi’s life is untouched in his work, and he has documented literally fucking everything, I really respect that, it’s fearless. From the tragic death of his wife to graphic portraits of him having sex with a variety of his subjects, no stone is uncovered, and it’s resulted in a fat body of some of the best photography that exists today.
Tell us more about your involvement with Fucknfilthy.com?
I started it about 5 years ago, just as a place to post all of the bits and pieces I came across that I found interesting, mainly contemporary Art and Photography, a little bit of Fashion, various photographs I take on my travels and some other bits and pieces. I didn’t expect it to take off like it did, but it’s reached over 11 million views worldwide now, and lead me to work with company’s like Vice, Carhartt & Sony on some interesting projects, so I’m happy the response has been so positive. The site has only recently been redesigned, and we’re working on making things a bit more considered from this point on, with interviews & more in-depth features alongside a couple of publications we’re working on.
What was the idea behind this particular project? The collection seems almost ‘disposable’.
When I’m in London I always party too much and forget to take photographs, so the last few times I was pretty insistent about taking my camera everywhere, as there’s nothing more annoying then seeing something that would make a great picture then realising you’ve left your camera at home. London fascinates me. It’s a vibrant place, full of weirdos, extravagance and poverty, all contrasted side by side.
If you had any advice to emerging creative talent or budding documentary-type Photographers, what would it be?
Just don’t put your camera down, shoot a thousand rolls and then shoot a thousand more, take pictures of what you see & what’s important to you, don’t expect to be taught anything, just dive into the thick of it and learn from your mistakes.
What is it most that you love about London?
My little sister, cheap chicken shops, actually hearing Grime on nights out, the shit pubs & clubs, the good pubs & clubs, street beers, looking at clothes I can’t afford in DSM, the history & strong roots the city has in art, music and every little niche avenue of contemporary culture, and everything else, big & small, smelly & clean, expensive & cheap.
Check out more work from Joshua here.
Words: Shane Hawkins