Beat Billson

Where are you from/based now?

I grew up in a relatively small town in Staffordshire. I am currently based in Nottingham, UK.

What is your background in Photography? What keeps you interested?

I first got interested in photography around the age of 17, when I bought myself a Canon 350D with the money I had saved up from a part-time job. I also got into flickr around this time, which really opened my eyes to what could be achieved with photography and helped me to realise the type of photography I really like.

The main thing that keeps me continually interested in photography is consistently seeing new and amazing work on tumblr/flickr and other photography platforms.

What equipment do you use?

Pentax 67 and Mamiya 7, with Portra 160/400.

What do you look for when you are out shooting? What draws you to a project?

I’m not sure I can really say any more than the typical clichés. I think my mind-set and the photographers that I’m into at that point in time subconsciously affect what I’m looking for and how I shoot (for better or worse). I don’t tend to take photos with projects in mind, I prefer to retrospectively group photographs with common themes/feels afterwards.

Is there a particular photographer, site, set of images or a photo book that you keep coming back to for inspiration?

The list of photographers is huge, from professional photographers, to loads of people on flickr and tumblr. A few photographers of note who I regularly come back to are Gregory HalpernJason FulfordEd PanarTodd Hido and Mark Steinmetz.

Some of my favourite photobook’s are “A” by Gregory Halpern, “Lick Creek Line” by Ron Jude, “House Hunting” by Todd Hido, “South Central/South East/Greater Atlanta” by Mark Steinmetz and “The Citizen” by Dan Boardman. Also “Mossless - Issue Three” is amazing for inspiration.

Are you working on a project at the moment?

I have a couple of projects I’m working on that I’m hoping to complete soon. One is based on Swiss landscapes. I’m half Swiss and over the past few years I have been trying to visit and photograph more of this country, which is so familiar to me from childhood holidays. Another is based on Nottingham and the surrounding area, where I currently live.

Are you exhibiting at the moment? Do you have any plans to exhibit more in the near future?

I don’t currently have any plans to exhibit, although I would love to at some point in the future.

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