We spotted these stunning photographs during production without knowing that Reuben Wu, best known for playing the synthesizers in Ladytron, was behind them. Here he tells us about his inspiration and his journey from music into photography.
Reuben Wu is originally from Liverpool, but currently based between London and Chicago. He began photography initially as a hobby during a tour with his band Ladytron. Since it has developed into a separate venture, and become very significant in Reuben’s life.
‘French Valley’ is from Reuben’s ‘Ultima Esperanza’ collection, which he shot on a hike through the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile.
“I shoot mainly on film, which I then drum scan and make any necessary adjustments in post,” Reuben explains. “I shoot Polaroid too, which I scan via a good flatbed scanner.”
A Weird Rebel Tourist
Talking about his sources of inspiration, Reuben tells us that he was motivated by obscure stories and histories, our natural environment, 19th Century romantic painters and some decent films and novels. “Essentially I’m a weird rebel tourist,” he added.
‘Grey Glacier’ was captured during an excursion onto the ice during Reuben’s 60 kilometer hike through the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile.
When we asked Reuben about his favourite paper, he remarked that he loves Hahnemuhle Pearl. He explained that “It’s not too glossy or too matt, and it has such a natural texture which I think complements my photographs and Polaroids.”
Reuben went on to talk to us about his upcoming exhibition and plans for future projects: “I’m doing a show at Schneider Gallery in Chicago in January but also working on some new work from a recent road trip across the States.”
‘Red Plane’ shows a fire emergency simulator found on the side of a mountain in a blizzard on the island of Spitsbergen, Svalbard.
To see more of Reuben Wu’s wonderful photography take a look at his website, and become a fan of Facebook.
We were thrilled to hear of his positive reviews of our Hahnemuhle Pearl paper. Whilst you are checking out our great giclee range, don’t forget to take a peek at potential mounting and framing options to display your image to it’s true potential.