In the first part of our interview with award-winning Food and Lifestyle Australian photographer Brett Stevens, he talks about the work that has shaped his journey as a photographer – the events in Timor-Leste (formerly East Timor), Jackie Nickerson’s FARM, and some thought-provoking billboard graffiti
1. A Shot of a Single Object that expresses a powerful memory
Brett Stevens: Innocence+Defiance, Timor-Leste. This country had not long celebrated independence, a very proud people and these boys were ‘guarding’ their coffee crop.
The Innocence of the left – the clenched fist, machete and Defiance of the right.
I spent two weeks photographing the people of Timor-Leste and I always remember these two boys as a symbol for oppressed people the world over.
2. An image of three books that have inspired you?
3. Favourite Photo You Have Taken?
Brett Stevens: Well, Are you? Living the dream….. Shot on assignment in Manchester, UK. It had been tagged on the hoarding of a building site and I refer to it nearly everyday. Nothing prophetic, just reminding me.
4. Favourite Artist/Photographer/Image-Maker?
Brett Stevens: FARM by Jackie Nickerson. This stunning, graphic, beautiful book inspired me to move away from the commercial reality of the everyday and pursue personal projects as often as time will permit.
5. Can you recreate the image of a scene from your favourite movie from the contents of your desk/bag?
Brett Stevens: Too many to choose from but – One Hour Photo…