'I TRY TO SOMEWHAT LEGITIMISE PUNK PHOTOGRAPHY': MEET SHOOTER ANDY JONES

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'I TRY TO SOMEWHAT LEGITIMISE PUNK PHOTOGRAPHY': MEET SHOOTER ANDY JONES



Written by Dont Panic
20 Monday 20th June 2016

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What effect do you think shooting in Leeds has on your work? Is there a particular part of the city you like to shoot, or where you think you’ll get good shots?

Leeds is now my home. I’ve loved living here for the past 8 years, I’ve considered leaving a couple of times but I can’t. It’s a small city, everyone involved in the art and punk scene lives within just about a fifteen-minute walk of each other. The miles of terraced houses left over from the manufacturing industry are more than affordable, everyone has the time and space to practice so bands come thick and fast. It’s a perfect punk city. I can walk around a two-mile area for just an hour with my camera knowing I will either see someone I know or shoot something worth keeping hold of. To be completely honest though, while I love living here, architecturally I much prefer Sheffield! 

What would you most like to shoot that, for whatever reason, you haven’t managed to and why?

I’ve been travelling so much in the past couple of years that I’m starting to feel like I’m actually neglecting Leeds, the city I love so much. There are still so many areas of Leeds that I’ve never been, communities I have no idea about and I think there’s a lot of stories I could be telling from my own doorstep. I want to change that. Obviously, I want to tour, I still want to see as much of the world as I can, I want to play music and meet people from different punk scenes around the world, but I want to balance that out with making new work in a wonderful city I feel like I’m not doing justice. 

What projects have you got lined up in the foreseeable? You mentioned a zine for instance

I have a few different ongoing projects, all in different stages of completion. These photos are from a project that will be made into a zine called ‘Loss of Blood’ where I followed a two-week tour of Europe that Leeds hardcore band OBSTRUCT went on during last summer, celebrating the release of their first LP. But that’s just a small facet of a much larger project I’ve recently been pulling together from the last 8 years I’ve been playing in and touring with DIY punk bands around Europe and the USA. I had in mind to release that this summer, but I still feel like there’s some fuel left in the tank to add to it so that’s definitely still ongoing. Maybe once I hit the 10 year mark I’ll think about it again. There’s a few other bits I’m working on too but will keep them under wraps for now just in case I mess them up.  

Anyone you’d like to shout out? Thanks

First and foremost, I’d like to thank Ben and Joe at Village Bookstore, Ditto Press, Archer, Ricky Adam, Sam Hutchinson, Jordan Carroll, Nat Wood, Niall O’Reilly, Harry Conway, Chris Nunn, Kris Kerk, Madison East, Leeds Hardcore, The Flex, Red Death, Violent Reaction, Obstruct, Eagulls, Arms Race, Temple of Boom, Judge, and Sky. Thanks! 


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