Ian Lanterman is your quintasential good guy. When he’s not shooting really nice photography, he’s making really great Italo Disco under the moniker Young Monday. We were lucky enough to catch up with and have him share some of his photography and a little about himself.
What’s your name, where do you live, and how are things?
Ian Lanterman and I’m currently residing in Vancouver B.C. Spring is here and things are good.
How did you get into photography, what were some of your early creative interests?
Both my dad and older brother were into photography when I was growing up, so it just felt natural to start taking photos myself. I guess I was just surrounded by it at a young age. Music has always been a big part of my life as well and was my first creative interest.
You grew up on Vancouver Island, but traveled a lot to Japan. What are some of the major contrasts between the two, and did this have an affect on your approach to photography?
Growing up on the island, I guess I’ve always had an inherent interest in nature. It’s just something that’s hard to escape. Japan was my first introduction to living in a large city, and at the time was obviously a huge change and contrast to my upbringing on the Island. I’ve always admired the clean, natural and subtle design-oriented Japanese aesthetic. It’s definitely something I’ve tried to adopt.
You’re also a music enthusiast, and studied sound engineering. Share some of what you’ve been listening to a lot lately.
It’s really all over the map, but I’ve been listening to a lot of the Sublime Frequency compilations as of recent. Radio Phnom Penh in particular. It’s a mix of old Cambodian pop tunes that were recorded from various radio stations. The 2xLP “Moderne” reissue on the Minimal Wave label is also in constant rotation.
Do you have a favorite photographer, and if so why?
There are so many, but William Eggleston comes to mind right away. I remember seeing his work when I was really young and feeling intrigued and also very disturbed by it. Even now his work still resonates with me. Rinko Kawauchi is another favorite. Her work feels really calm and natural, yet slightly removed from reality. She had a big influence on me when I started getting serious about photography.
What do you tend to look for in your subject matter? From a personal standpoint what makes an ideal photo?
I tend to look for subject matter that embodies a certain stillness/quietness. I like natural scenery that’s void of anything overt.
Do you think your photography is more intuitive, or conceptualized? What is your general process in that regard?
I would say it’s more on the intuitive side. My photos are for the most part immediate.
Given the chance do you think you would stray into the commercial side of photography? Advertorial, event, or is it something you want to keep personal?
Photography will always be something very personal to me, but bridging the gap between my personal and commercial work is something I always strive for. I have a very systematic approach while shooting commercially, to maintain a level of consistency. My personal work seems to just happen naturally. I try not to force it.
What do you do when you are not shooting?
I’m usually drinking lots of coffee and playing keyboards. That, and exploring my neighborhood.