Glen Bryan – 13th Life Photography

After taking a break, 13th Life Photographer Glen Bryan was drawn back to photography with the desire to show the world his unique look through the lens.

Interview by Jo Blackened

Hey Glen, thanks for your time today. Can you please explain how your photography journey first began?
My journey sort of started in the mid-nineties while I was working in a camera shop. I saw my first camera and needed to have it. I was selling and fixing cameras, developing films so it was time to play around with it myself. I found a new perspective on the world through a lens.

How would you describe your photography style?
I ask myself that all the time and in a way I still don’t really know, I think it’s dark, but I do have an array of styles I guess, it’s more how I see things than a style.

Where did the name ’13th Life’ originate from?
It’s strange but it is something that came about due to everything else being taken, I made a list of names and that was the one that sort of stuck about, it was a combination of a few things in my life at the time.

What’s your process like when setting up shoots/booking models?
With shoots, I try and talk to the team as much as I can to get a feel for the shoot and the people I am going to be creating with, we send ideas to one another so we know what we are working towards. When it comes to booking models I guess I am little socially awkward but we get there in the end.

Do you feel digital editing is needed to be a good photographer?
I think it is another tool and skill to add to an ever growing kit, for some it is very important, others not so… I do basic bits these days but I do like to play with it a little sometimes for fun, to see what can be created.

With everyone obsessed with selfies and taking their own photos nowadays, has sites like Instagram & other free editing sites, inflict on professional photographers work?
Social media as a whole has changed the way we get our arts across, the only way it has changed photography is that we have to work a little harder now to make our work stand out. Again like digital editing, social media is a tool to help, now artists can hit a larger audience than say 20/30 years ago.

You’ve also done some band/gig photography, how did that come about?
I still do music photography and I have a lot of love for it as music is a big part of life.

But seeing images of some of the greats and being able to almost hear the music in an image is amazing and I wanted to try and do that, as well as some of the album covers, it made me want to be a part of it.

Have you, or would you be interested in being featured in an exhibition?
I have had work in exhibitions but not exclusively to my work but I do have plans for the future so hopefully.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw my inspiration from everywhere, music, films, images, buildings, places, a hole in the ground, it’s strange as I will be doing something and an image will just form in my mind but sometimes it will a blank page until I am photographing someone or something and it will just feel right.
There can be beauty in anything, it’s how you see and portray it.

How do you decide where to shoot? Do you have your own studio or do you hire out outdoor locations?
I am always looking around and making notes of locations, I do like grungy areas at the moment and texture is part of it too, but I do like studios as well which I do hire as and when it is needed…

Any funny anecdotes happened during a shoot?
I use to have a habit of falling over or tripping somehow….. and for about 18 months I fell or tripped on every shoot! [Laughs]

What has been your favourite shoot to date and why?
Every shoot I do I think is good, I feel blessed to be a part of them all.

If you could work with any model or makeup artist, who would it be and why?
I have a book of models, MUAs, musicians and so on that I would really like to work with the list is pretty epic.

What does 2018 hold for you?
I have some fun shoots coming up! I am going to continue with a few projects I have been working on as well.

What advice would you give someone, thinking of taking up photography?
Always be yourself, take your time and enjoy the process.

What do you like to do outside photography?
Photography is a big part of life and bleeds into all aspects of it but I love spending time with family, music and arts…..

Where can people see your work?
My work is in lots of places at the moment. Personally, I am using 500px which is such a great site, Instagram @13thlifephotography

Thank you for your time, is there anything you’d like to say to our readers?
Thank you for having me! I hope you all have a great week and I hope I get to catch some of you in the future.