Youth as Seen by Portrait Photographer Lasse Dearman

The ability of Danish and English photographer Lasse Dearman to capture ambiences and energies in each of his images has brought him many opportunities.
His framings, sometimes isolating the subject in space or focused on a body part, are his trademark. A pure yet raw style that has caught the eye of magazines such as Wonderland or Tank, or brands such like Adidas.

We asked him about his inspirations, the origins of his passion, and the influence photography had on his life.

Hi Lasse, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi! My Name is Lasse Dearman, half Danish half English, hence the name. I’m 28, I live in Copenhagen and I take pictures.

How did you get into photography?

It’s been a super long, and super slow progress. I have started and stopped taking photos a few times. The last time I started, was while I lived in London. I bought a point and shoot camera and started documenting the world around me. Since then it has gradually taken over my life.

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What does photography mean to you?

I really enjoy looking at pictures, and I really enjoy making pictures. Most of my friends today, are people I’ve meet through photographing, so I guess you can say it’s had a certain influence on the way I live.

When I look at your work, I feel like I see the testimony of a generation. Something that future generations will look at and say to themselves “that’s what the youth of the early 21st century looked like”. Does it resonate with your own feelings?

I’m not that conscious about my work, I really just try to feel closely, what I would be excited to shoot, and go with my gut feeling. I feel this has turned out to be the best way for me to take photos. Thinking too much about doing a project and then executing would not come as natural to me, for better or worse. With that said, I’m sure there’s some references and clues in my photos than indicate a certain time horizon.

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What do you want to communicate through your images?

I think what I am most concerned about is passing on a certain mood or feeling in my images that I can relate to and identify with. There’s not any specific message as such, its more about creating a space/universe you can dive into.

You shoot film. What does that add to your practice?

A lot of extra practical work, like spending hours removing dust on each photo after scanning. – Shooting mostly in daylight, I have found shooting on film to be best in terms of details in shadows, and in overall texture in my images.

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What nourishes your inspiration?

I really like to get inspired by the people I photograph. I care a lot about my casting, and I try to be sure whoever I shoot is someone I instinctively feel like documenting.

With Instagram came a wave of images that was added to the one of ads we see every day on city walls, magazines, etc…. Do you think that this abundance drowns talents or that on the contrary, it pushes creative people to surpass themselves?

I honestly really don’t pay to much attention to it. A lot of photographs are just used as illustrations, or some just a shout for attention. I don’t want to sound arrogant, but i don’t really consider it real photography in a way.

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If you could only look at one of your pictures, which one would it be?

I quite like the mood in this photo of Asger I took in 2014, there’s softness to it, I find it welcoming. (See the picture below. Ed)

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Any future projects you could tell us about?

At the moment, I’m working on shooting a full issue of Enlarge Your Memory, which will be a 24 page portfolio shot over a few months, hopefully to come out this fall.

Learn more about Lasse on his profile, his website, and follow him on Instagram

This interview is also available in French