Simon Martin

 
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Simon Martin is a freelance photographer based in the South East of England, his first book release focused on the competitive world of Miniature, Crazy and Adventure Golf. Since then Simon has continued to explore British culture and its place in the world today.


What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?

Real England: The Battle Against the Bland by Paul Kingsnorth is my current read, it talks about the globalisation of England and the previous, current and future status of English culture and what is happening to its relationship to the rest of the world. It goes on about pubs a bit too much for me but there is definitely interesting conversations in there.

Most visited blogs, websites?

Aint Bad Magazine is my most frequented blog but Velvet Eyes is another one that I find myself visiting more and more, they are both photography blogs focusing on people working with contemporary photography.

What apps do you use the most and why?

MUBI to watch films on my commute to jobs, I have always had a love for moving image and would think my work takes a lot of influence from that.

Whats currently on your playlist?

Loudon Wainwright III - The Swimming Song has been in my ears a lot lately, wish I'd heard of him a lot sooner.

What records would you recommend to hear?

Masterpiece by Big Thief

Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?

Mid 90's
Slow West
Gummo
The Guest
The Thing
There Will Be Blood

Thats what I'd like to watch right now and some of my all time favourites.

Which artists working today do you admire most?

Alex Missen who is a friend of mine and someones work who I've admired for a long time.

What are some of your tv top tips right now?

Just started Our Planet last night, cant quite beat it.

 
Real England: The Battle Against the Bland by Paul Kingsnorth is my current read, it talks about the globalisation of England and the previous, current and future status of English culture and what is happening to its relationship to the rest of the world.
 

Who are you following?

Magic Hour is an incredible podcast that I find my self revisiting even when theres not a new episode, it features some of the most important photographers of the last 50 years in conversation.

What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?

I'm a bit of a gear head so I would be lying if I didn't say I read Practical Classics and Octane a lot but BJP is usually my go to on occasion.

What tools do you use in your work?

My Fuji GF670 has been my trusted companion for the last 6 years now and has gone on many adventures with me, I don't think I'll ever replace it with another camera.