Later on in the conversation, Joe answered questions on finding your own style, explaining that, your creative style and your personal taste are often the same thing. One thing which helped Joe work this out for himself was learning about the 'brand bibles' often used by musicians. A collection of inspiration and references, Joe made his own to help work out if a client or commission would be a good fit – and encourages emerging creatives to do the same.
For those who are left pondering the pros and cons between film and digital, Joe also had some valuable insights. Joe mostly shoots on film, because for him, the imperfections of the medium give “soul and humanity” to his photographs. But shooting on digital can be an advantage when working within tight deadlines. For Joe, that means using the Canon camera he was given as a teenager, emphasising that you don’t need an expensive camera to take great photos.
Joe also spoke about how to move on from work you regret, contacting modelling agencies for test shoots and his photographic inspirations like Harley Weir, Frank LeBon and multidisciplinary artist and former Pep Talk guest, Mahaneela.
About Joe Puxley
Citing renaissance paintings and “wacky 90s photography” as influences, Brighton-based photographer Joe Puxley’s vibrant and hyper-realistic imagery often captures themes around youth culture.
Since graduating in 2020, Joe’s photography has been showcased by the likes of DAZED, The Face, It’s Nice That, GUAP, Vogue Italia and Wonderland to name just a few. Added to this is also an impressive list of clients and collaborators that include Arlo Parks, Bree Runway, Matilda Cole, Warner Records UK, Island Records, Human Resources and House Of Holland.
See more from Joe on his website and Instagram, and read our Creative Lives interview with him.
What is Pep Talk?
Pep Talk is our monthly Instagram Live event to share relatable, easy-to-process tips in conversation with inspiring creatives.
Each session begins with a ‘pep talk’, where a chosen creative gets to share their ultimate advice for anyone who might be feeling a bit stuck, before answering questions submitted by you, our readers.