JONATHAN CHERRY: When did you last see the sunrise?
AL PALMER: I’m a night-owl, it happens fairly often. Usually when reading late I notice the light spilling from behind the curtains.
JC: Any emerging artists inspiring you at the moment?
AP: I’m a big fan of Ye Rin Mok’s photographs - her commercial work is both fun and creative and her landscape work is jawdropping. Laura Plageman’s interesting take on landscape photography. Dalton Rooney continues the large-format landscape tradition with melancholy photographs of mostly wooded areas. Amy Elkins’s photographs of male vulnerability are haunting and devastatingly tender. Tamas Dezso’s beautiful photos of his homeland deserve all the plaudits they have received.
JC: What’s your current project all about?
AP: I have several projects on the go currently. The primary one is Soliloquy, an exploration of the edges of cities over time and the overlap with the north’s industrial past. I also have a few other concerns that are still taking shape: The Coastal Project, which documents the coast of the north-east of England and Flood of Sunshine, the contrast of seasons upon the landscape.
JC: Where are you currently living and how is it shaping you?
AP: I live in Newcastle, in the north-east of England. It’s an ex-industrial area, my work does touch quite heavily on the death of industry in northern England. There’s not a great deal of opportunity within the arts here but it’s a nice base to work from.
JC: One piece of advice to recent photography graduates?
AP: Learn to be honest with yourself. Form your own opinions, your critical eye (for both the good and bad) will improve and you will produce better work.
JC: Any big plans for the rest of 2012?
AP: No big changes. Mostly keep making photographs and keeping my edits tight and direct. Hopefully I can network with other photographs a little bit more, I like the idea of creating a small international photography collective. But just communicating and talking more with other photographs is a start. None of us exist in a vacuum.
JC: Favourite tree?
AP: Every house on the street I grew up had a cherry tree. The cherries on our tree were too bitter for everyone else on the street but I loved them. Our cherry tree.