A maker of good stuff and all round proud geek, Lawrence Latham is based down on the South East coast of the UK, in the creative pool of Brighton. Originally a photographer, he decided that he enjoyed creating props for use in his photography just as much as taking photos. So he began to forage for inspiration for his next project and started to gather ideas.
He concentrated most of his time collecting damaged cameras (or just parts of cameras) at vintage sales and collectors' fairs, and then he began to upcycle them into unique table lamps. And here they are, an eclectic feast of gorgeousness, which we hope you'll enjoy. Lawrence says 'I am inspired by anything from car names to graffiti, and alphabet spaghetti to bird song. I am so lucky because I get to create so many different projects from mashed up ceramic designs to my current camera lamp project. I will always try and make anything from everything. As soon as an idea gives me butterflies of joy in my stomach...I'm off and creating!'
Lawrence's studio is always filled with old, broken cameras, small car parts, sewing machines, fabric, light bulbs, cables, old photos and letters collected from car boot sales and almost anything he finds on the pavement whilst walking around Brighton! 'It really is a geekygorgeous space for me to work in, it’s like going for a creative dip in the water every day’. Lawrence works with popular cameras that were mass produced and are still readily available - he doesn’t want to kill off analogue ;-) He also uses end of life cameras, or parts, to give them a new lease of life, and light! Lawrence has enjoyed meeting many people (put link to others here) at vintage fairs who have now become trusted suppliers for his craft, and good friends.
Latest project - Sculptural camera lamps ++++++++++++++
Lawrence’s new sculptural camera lamp project uses iconic cameras and graphic elements of text taken from car names to produce works that become new icons in themselves. He combines the idea of memory and trust with the attachment that we give our cameras and our cars. Cameras give us memory, love, and a past. Though we only take them out when we need them, we trust them like we do our cars, never knowing the mechanics involved, but always trusting that they will capture that moment ofwhat will become, memory. We use our cars in much the same way; turn the key, and it takes us somewhere we want to be. As kids, relishing Sunday drives with parents; watching the countryside speed past, as fast as we grow older. Combing these two elements in the creation of the camera lamps, Lawrence gives us an opportunity to celebrate the mechanics of our memories - these things that made us.
Lawrence’s work has been included in The Tate Modern as part of Pixel Picnic, and was runner up for the Guardian/Sony Style Photographer of the Year 2009. He was also shortlisted for the final round of The Times Landscape photographer of the year 2011, and also has work as part of the Hall Carpenter Archives, held at the British Library for his portraits recording LGBT history over the past 80 years. Lawrence’s Eyepal speakers (Urban speaker creations) were also featured by the BBC in 2010 as part of the Brighton Festival.
If you are interested in including any of the camera lamps in your curent range, or would like to include them in editorial or production use, please contact me using the Contact page, or call +44 7786 34 16 28.