Photographer Joshua Grice's work often takes the form of a series of beautiful imagery, full of subtle but enchanting visual narration, guiding you through its story. His surrealist style of portraiture lets the viewer really climb into Josh's abstract, dream like aesthetic. Having graduated from studying Fashion Business here in Birmingham, fashion still remains at the core of his work. However taking inspiration for shoots from issues faced in todays society his images always hold a much more poignant message than the clothing they contain.
interview with the artist
How would you describe your work to someone you’ve just met on a night out?
This is an interesting one. I don't necessarily see myself a photographer first. foremost I'm a fashion business grad. I got into photography initially as a way to capture things that I was creating, like t-shirt prints and garments designs. But I found I really enjoyed it; so I started to explore more editorial and artistic styles. So I'm not entirely sure what I'd talk about first with a complete stranger. But in a nutshell, I want to have a reason behind the images I take. I like to subtly convey a message or a concern.
Who/what are the biggest influences to your work?
A massive influence to me is society. I find it so fascinating the way we are as a collective, and exploring parts of that. Whether it's a neglect of the environment, outdated views or even the way things are improving. It's just really interesting.
Tell us a bit about your latest project?
My latest photography project is a collaboration with a Birmingham based artist (@idle.musings x @rose_christina). I'll just leave those plugs there... It's a series titled Uncanny Companions (images below, go have a look!). We're exploring humanity's relationship with its surroundings and the impact we have. We're currently planning the second series and I'm really excited about it. We reviewed the last shoot and we're go to aim to push the message even harder in this one.
What is the one main thing you want people to think/feel when they look at your work?
It's going to sound cliche. But I want them to understand that things aren't okay. Altough we're getting there with certain problems, new ones are developing.
If you could have a portfolio review with anyone who would it be?
ooh this is a tough one. I'd want to pick someone who's work reflects my own. I follow a lot of photographers but I enjoy their work for their own style. I think I'm going to have to go with Jonny Johansson, the founder of Acne Studios. Just because they way they do everything throughout their business, including the photography and model choice, really resonates with me.
Use three emojis to sum up your work?
What was the last song you listened too?
Inure by St. South.
A word you say all the time?
Savage. far too much
What can we buy you if we see you at the bar?
Either a whiskey or cheap beer. Dealers choice
Dogs or cats?
I like how independent they are. But then again I do love how loyal dogs are.
What animal would you describe your self as?
I'm going to say a monkey. why? I think I'm quite an adventurous person, Plus who wouldn't want to swing about from trees?