With such a huge number of great accounts to follow on Instagram, it can be difficult to know where to begin. We're trying to simplify your life by putting together a group of people that we can't get enough of on social media. From designers to photographers, these creatives understand what works and brighten up our feeds as soon as they scroll through. This week, we caught up with Sydney-born, LA-based photographer George Byrne - who distils the city into seismic moments of colour, shape and surface - to talk creative memories, his relationship with Los Angeles and the power of photography.
My name is George Byrne.
I am a photographic artist based in Los Angeles.
I was a chronic daydreamer when I was young, so I think my creative instincts were conjured up in there somewhere.
It’s very different in the sense that LA, although I’ve lived there for 10 years, is still an alien landscape to me. I don’t have the same fascination with the Sydney landscape because I was born into it, but having said that I would love to work in Sydney again at some point to see what I could cobble together.
Yes definitely. As soon as I arrived in LA I was driven to take pictures and record the landscape, with any camera I could get my hands on. Through lots of repetition and trial and error, I have developed a very distinct style that I really don’t think would have emerged had I not moved here.
I’ve always loved Piet Mondrian, Stephen Shore, Vivian Maier, David Hockney, Andreas Gursky. Richard Deibenkorn, Patricia Leib…and so many more to be honest.
I think historically, photography and painting only really had 'composition' in common, but since digital technology has evolved, that has shifted. Photography is now a more malleable medium, which means an artist can use it in more expressive ways, 'creating' images rather than just 'taking' them. My own use of photography has evolved along this line, my current work is largely photo collage, so I’m very much existing in that relatively new creative space.
I’ve never been a big 5-year-plan-man but I’m hoping I get the opportunity to continue making a bunch of art and music. I also really want to make a film one day, I have so many talented actors around me here in LA I just think it’d be a fun thing to try.
Make sure you follow George, and keep up with his incredible work, on Instagram, @George_Byrne.
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