Igor Termenon Girls Boys Film Photography

 

The Cool of Printed Media and Film Photography

 

Igor Termenon was interviewed by Fiona Jones during the first half of 2013 as a project between Heriot Watt University and Modeconnect.

Igor Termenon is a 28 year old photographer, curator, cacti lover and 80’s fanatic living and working in Edinburgh, Scotland. A firm believer in printed media and film photography, Igor has been curating his “film only” photography zine, called Girls on Film for over 4 years. Whilst maintaining his reputation as an exciting up and coming photographer, Igor expanded his work and interest into several other projects. Growing up in Ponferrada in Spain, Igor has used his influences and experiences of living and working in Scotland, translated into his work. I talked to Igor about his move to Scotland, his appreciation of urban architecture and hopes and plans for his projects in the near future.

Igor Tremon


 

The photo series I used to live here documents your life in Spain and in Scotland. Can you tell us more how this contrast affects your work?
It’s quite a difficult question to answer. I was born and raised in Spain, when I came to Scotland I was excited, by what was new and interesting to me, just because I didn’t experience it growing up. I find the architecture in Scotland really inspiring. In Spain, if I do a fashion editorial, I turn to forests and nature mainly because when I grew up there that was all that was! When I shoot in Scotland I tend to prefer urban situations. I love Glasgow amongst other places, it’s so industrial and that makes for great photos.

What brought you to Scotland?
When I was studying in Spain, I was offered a year abroad through Erasmus – the European student exchange programme. There were only 2 English teaching places available, one in an English speaking school in Sweden and then Glasgow. So I came to Glasgow for a year and I loved it but I had to move back to Spain to finish my degree. After University my friend from Glasgow moved to Edinburgh so I came over. I’ve now been living permanently in Scotland for about 2 years. I’ve lived in 5/6 different places, I think that was the main focus behind “I used to live here.” I was moving around so much that I began to lose the concept of what “home” was.

What do you think of the creative and fashion scenes in Scotland?
When I was studying in Glasgow 3-4 years ago, it was a lot harder to find models and stylists and then when I came back to Edinburgh around 2011, I noticed a stronger creative community. Things like the internet and Facebook were really bursting with people who wanted to get involved.

Model Agencies too, before I would go to the agency and there wouldn’t be any fashion models, it would all be Glamour models but they’ve slowly started to introduce more “edgy” fashion-like models, the kind of girls you can imagine being in magazines or on the catwalk. I think it’s much easier to find people to prepare a photo shoot now than it was a few years ago.

Whose work do you admire and why?
I’ve worked with a stylist called Katherine Whyte who was from Glasgow but is now based in London. Every time we’ve worked together we’ve had great results. When you’re a photographer it’s great to meet a stylist on the same wavelength. I would love to work with some illustrators; there are some great ones in Scotland.


 

Igor Termenon

Igor Termenon

Your models always look so natural, effortless in your fashion shoots. How much thought do you put into styling as far as “fashion” or “trends” are concerned when doing an editorial? Or do you leave a lot of it at the stylist’s discretion?
I like to give my input and we usually have a chat beforehand. It is important for the photographer and the stylist to share the same or a similar vision. I always try to talk to the stylist first, we send each other mood boards and the stylist will send me pictures of the clothes they want to use. I always think when it comes to fashion photography, everything counts, if the stylist isn’t as good as the photographer it isn’t going to work.

What made you want to curate a Zine?
I was always behind the camera and I think it becomes a natural process, when you start becoming interested in other people’s work you always end up wanting to do something with them. Girls on Film started when I was struggling to find models and this is why I started this project. It was just pictures of girls at first; then there seemed to be a shift in the attitudes of men modelling. I think before men were too shy about getting in front of the camera but now I know loads of guys who would model. I tried for one month and it was really successful, so I started to introduce a male version every 3rd month now I do them both each month (Girls on Film and Boys on Film).

What do you look for in your submissions?
I get e-mails almost every day with submissions, which is great because I get so much selection but it also makes it harder. If I see work that I particularly like I’ll approach the photographer. I have a specific aesthetic, and people start to understand what kind of photography to expect from Girls/Boys On Film.In some cases the models are more important than the photographers, it’s about portraits, so the girls and boys must be interesting to look at.


 

The subject plays such an important role. I am always asked what I look for, but I don’t really know what it is, when I see a good photo, I just know. You get a feeling for it.

What does the future hold for Girls/Boys on Film?
There’s definitely been a growth in the last few years, Independent publishing is becoming huge. Everyone is making a zine. GoodPress in Glasgow is owned by a friend of mine and he was telling me that so many people keep sending in their zines when they may not even buy zines themselves! The zine culture is more about helping each other out but I think the zine scene is expanding so much that they need the public to buy them and to make profit.

What I really want to do with Girls and Boys on film is try to have a proper website that would be updated say, daily or weekly, and features interviews with photographers. It would be an online platform and maybe the printed media can be published every 2 months rather than monthly so it filters the best material. I really want to keep the print version; I’m not trying to make it into a magazine. I think people really like the fact that it’s just photos; they don’t have to read anything. I definitely want to expand in that way, and I’m trying to find some funding. People have been e-mailing me about interning which is crazy but I may start to consider it.

What personal projects do you have planned?
I’m collaborating for a website called Future Positive at the moment; it’s a platform for young creative people. It started because even though there is a recession, people are still doing creative things. We’ve just finished our first interview with a girl called “Ziggy Sawdust,” she redesigns old or ruined furniture. The website features profiles, interviews, videos and of course photos. I do portraits rather than fashion so I find it quite interesting in contrast to other work.

What’s your dream magazine to have your work published in?
There are lots of really good small magazines that I’d love to get published in! I wouldn’t  mind  being featured in i-D, Dazed and Confused etc. too, of course! I always say my dream right now would be to shoot the lookbook/catalogue for Urban Outfitters. The USA version has always been shot by my favourite photographers like Cass Bird and Tim Barber. That’s my current goal!

Igor Termenon was interviewed by Fiona Jones during the first half of 2013 as a project between Heriot Watt University and Modeconnect.

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