Photography by Leanne Surfleet

Jan 16, 2017

Leanne is a young British photographer who enjoys working in open spaces as well as playing with sunlight. Influenced by Francesca Woodman and Tracey Emin, her images, washed in soft tones, are deep contemplations of the being and self-being. The magic perceived in her images derives from the true spirit that they have, an honesty that is achieved through simplicity and which makes us reflect about our lives and conditions.


Next we want to present an interview that we had with Leanne:


am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?

LS - My name is Leanne Surfleet, I’m an analog & self-portrait photographer based in the UK, recently moved from my hometown to the South East of England. I studied at college and graduated from university with a degree in Contemporary Lens Media (specialising in Photography). At the minute I’m working part time and taking photographs and pushing through a very long spell of being uninspired.


am - How did you start in photography?

LS - I was gifted a digital camera for my 18th birthday and soon realised I loved taking photos of anything and everything. I was introduced to film photography and encouraged to experiment as much as possible. After realising this was a great passion I wanted to learn more about the subject and theory behind photography and to give myself chance and time to grow personally and creatively, so I attended college and a couple years later, university. My passion blossomed and kept on growing from there.


am - Where is your favorite place to go for inspiration and why?

LS - Open water and the woods, natural places of beauty with colour and life. If this isn’t available to me a simple room with direct sunlight will do. The sun does wonders for my mood and motivation, it really changes how I feel quite drastically so that really helps, as well as being outside in the quiet.


am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?

LS - Francesca Woodman, William Eggleston, Nan Goldin, Diane Arbus, Tracey Emin, Alison Scarpulla, Aëla Labbé, Lukasz Weirzbowski.


am - When you are not taking pictures, what do you do?

LS - When I’m not taking photographs I’m usually working, eating, watching films and tv, playing with my cats, exploring new places & drinking tea.


am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go?

LS - My partner and I visited Berlin late 2015 we had so much planned and were really excited to go, we found a really lovely place to stay in Kreuzberg but we were so unprepared for the weather! It was freezing cold and rained the entire time so we hardly got to see any of the city, so I’d love to go back there (preferably in the Summer) and to stay longer and explore and create.


am - If you could collaborate with anyone in the world (living or dead), who would it be and what would you do together?

LS - I would’ve given anything to spend the day in the studio / home with Francesca Woodman, to see how she worked & to play around taking photographs together.


am - What’s your favourite movie?

LS - Since I was little my favourite movie has been Labyrinth with David Bowie, as an adult I’d say one of my favourite movies is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.


am - What are you reading at the moment?

LS - The book on my nightstand at the minute is ‘Woolgathering’ by Patti Smith.


am - Tell us a secret.

LS - I wish I had some real friends.


am - What is your favourite photo book?

LS - Nan Goldin - I’ll Be Your Mirror.

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