Interview with photographer Jano Laskor
Jano Laskor is a London based photographer capturing eye-popping colour within the city street. Although his work may seem purely aesthetic, Jano has a talent for finding beauty in daily life and capturing eccentric moments that would normally stay unnoticed.
Could you please introduce yourself and tell us how you started in the arts? and your first experience in art making?
I'm Jano Laskor and I'm a self-taught London based photographer. I currently work for the IT department in a Dutch bank in the city of London. I've been doing photography for nearly eight years and originally became interested in photography after a trip to Portugal back in 2009. My area of interest is specifically Street Photography and this is my first year in the art market which is very exciting.
How would you describe yourself and your artwork?
The one question I dread. I'd describe myself as a very determined person and like to push boundaries when capturing a moment.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from the way I feel. If I feel down, I tend to go out with my camera and take photos of people around me. I find myself going into my own zone and it instantly helps lift my mood. Some of the best images that I've taken have been when I've felt down.
What emotions do you hope the viewers experience when looking at your art?
That's difficult to answer. A friend of mine once described my photos as "arresting" and felt drawn to the emotion in all of my images. I guess I'd like the viewer to make their interpretation and draw their own feelings/emotions from that.
When do you know that an artwork is finished ?
When my photos have been printed and framed.
What has been the most exciting moment in your art career so far?
My first exhibition at the Brick Lane Gallery in London and selling my very first print at the exhibition. The buyer was a photography collector; he owns only blue-chip prints from world renowned photographers such as David Lachapelle, Helmut Newton, William Eggleston and Robert Mapplethorpe and that's just to name a few. For him to hold one of my photographs in his collection with some of the greats is the most exciting and humbling moments I've had to date.
How long does it take to produce one work?
As I shoot images with specific settings on my camera, I do as little post processing as possible.
What exciting projects are you working on right now? Can you share some of the future plans for your artworks?
I'm currently working on a series based on city runners. I'm intrigued by them and often see runners in my day to day routine. I'm often curious by a city runner especially by their thoughts, problems and money woes. I decided to make this my project the same day I was informed I was being made redundant. When my team were told the news, I picked up my camera and went for a walk. I found myself drawn to joggers and runners and felt instant empathy. Their facial expression of determination looked like a struggle to cope with all their problems to me of which I felt like I could relate instantly with. I hope to have this series finished by the end of next year.
Do you have any upcoming events or exhibitions we should know about?
Currently, ten of my photos are on display at the Brick Lane Gallery in London for the next couple of weeks.