Images by Chris King
Chris King is a British art, documentary and event photographer based in London, who never goes anywhere without a 'proper' camera. Chris's photography is held in private collections in the UK and USA, and documentary works can be viewed in the permanent collection at The Frontline Club, London. Following’ Chris’s inaugural London gallery exhibition in Spring 2011, he has embarked upon a major body of work that captures the South and South-West United States, as seen from the perspective of a foreigner, composed and presented in his identifiable style. You can find his work at ckpho.to.
Chris produces images for the weekly Be Smart About Art blog published on Sundays. These blogs and images, which are part and parcel of the series, have been collated into a new book, Art is Your Life. Make it Your Living.
In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?
Creating things. It's true both in my day-to-day work, which is as a software developer, and in my photography practice. Both are about turning ideas into something that other people can use or enjoy.
Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
Not particularly - I enjoy and admire the beauty and craft the work of lots of artists, but I don't feel especially drawn to a particular person as an inspiration.
What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
Keep working at it. Also, get photos printed and up on a wall as soon as you can. It makes a huge difference.
If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
If it's just for an afternoon, then don't force it. Stop, and do something else. Look at someone else's work in a show - I find it gives me better perspective on my own. Lastly, if you're struggling for direction, try talking to a creative coach - I have had some very helpful suggestions from the wonderful Zoe Whishaw.
And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?
My favourite pair of boots, which are no longer made. But mended. They're very comfortable, and they look(ed) great.