How did the idea of Triangle Triangle first come to you? What was its initial point ?
Triangle began as a way of collecting my favourite pictures together. I enjoy placing images together, creating new contexts, and sheer masses of the same type of images all displayed in one place. Despite its popularity, Triangle is still a very personal site; it would seem many others happen to share the same taste in pictures.
Have you ever thought it would become so big?
I had hopes it would become a large site, as anyone does with anything, however I understood that it was dependent on taste; its popularity was determined upon whether my taste was approved or not.
Do you feel Triangle Triangle has its own rules and aesthetics? Do you sometimes refrain from posting something because it is somehow different from what you’ve posted before?
Absolutely. I’ll often have lots of pictures drafted because whilst I like them, they won’t fit with what is posted at the moment, sometimes there’s a missing picture in between. In terms of an aesthetic, I believe its aesthetic is very important - the images posted are like the face of a brand, so I’ll only show photographs I really enjoy looking at. I’m lucky in that a few of my good friends are also some of my favourite photographers, occasionally they’ll post for me when I’m away, or recommend new photographers and I know I can trust their decisions. Sam Williams aids with a lot of day-to-day recommendations and posting, he’s a great help.
What would you say was the biggest thing that happened to you thanks to Triangle?
Occasionally I’ll meet people who will know who I am from Triangle. It blows my mind every time. Also, getting 40 of my favourite photographers to agree to be published in Estate definitely wouldn’t have been possible without the backing of Triangle.
Was Many the logical evolution of Triangle?
Many was a project I started last year in a quest to find new photographers. I picked out 20 photographers featured in Estate and asked them to contribute some of their favourite photographs, in much the same way as I do with Triangle. I figured if I like their own photographs, the chances are likely I’ll love the pictures they like too. And that point was proven within a day of it launching.
What is your opinion on online curating and the thousands of blogs posting about up and coming photographers? In what are Triangle and Many different?
I’ve really begun to detest the word ‘curate’ when used in the context of Tumblr/blogs, not because I don’t think it exists, instead just because it’s everywhere. Every picture blog seems to include the words ‘curated by …’ at the top of it, as if that gives it a purpose or a meaning, or as if by letting us know its been curated makes the seemingly random images seem more than they’re possibly worth. Triangle is no different, other than I don’t use the word curate. Whilst I may have a considered choice of the order of images, it’s really all about pictures next to each other, and the choice to read further into it lies with the viewer.
You recently graduated from Camberwell College of Arts. What do you think is the most important thing this experience taught you?
Rather than college, the three years of free time and free money (repayable…) taught me the most because of what I was able to do with it. I launched a few successful websites and published a couple of books.
Do you see yourself building a career in curating or photography? What interests you more at this point?
I hope to release a mass run of Estate by the end of Summer (the last run came out in December 09) and Sam and I are currently putting pieces in place for an exhibition. I’m working on a few small online projects at the moment, as well as a zine. Focus for the summer is populating the Trngl Shop. One exciting project I’m working on is Second Cousins, something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. It’s a collection of my peers and I working with each others strengths to create new work for selected clientele. The short term is as far as I’ve looked.