We had the good fortune of connecting with Freddie Lash and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Freddie, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
There are a lot of different channels in which I get my inspiration from. I’d say my biggest inspiration is my fiancée hands down. Before, I never truly understood what a muse was until I met her. She really pulls out my creative side and allows me to express what I want my art to say. I have also found a inspiration in art museums. Seeing how other artists’ approach a canvass or a blank slate of marble really gets the juices flowing. Recently, I started collecting old paintings at thrift stores and have them hung up in my apartment giving the place a museum-like atmosphere. Lastly, taking a look at old film photography from 30-50 years ago really turns on my imagination. I spend HOURS looking through old pictures before all of the high resolution pictures of life back then. It was all so simple and you could really feel the emotions even in the most amateur of photos.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m very spontaneous in my photography. There is rarely a time where I have a specific shoot planned out in advance. Even a majority of my partnered product shoots are done this way. Mostly I just carry my camera with me everywhere and go for a walk and capture what I see. This allows me to not be limited in my imagination and process. I’ll be traveling back to America soon to surprise family and I will be bringing around 50 rolls of film + my 8mm camera and take so many photos! My friends and I will also take a three day road trip through Yosemite and up to Utah. I’m so excited to see what my camera gets. Biggest lesson I have learned in this photography industry that if you want to see a lot of growth then you need to put yourself out there and network. Collaboration is KEY especially when you’re building your brand in this day and age. The market is over saturated with photographers now; use that to your advantage. One thing the world should know about me and my brand is that no matter how successful you get or want to be, there will always be a process and you can’t run from it. Embrace it!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
For the sake of this let’s assume that my friend is visiting in summer. (In Germany there isn’t that much to do in autumn/Winter). First I would take we would go to this area called Sternschanze. It’s basically where all the young creatives hang out. There you can find the best Italian restaurant in Hamburg and some really interesting/creative shops. Filled with graffiti and murals, it’s a very similar atmosphere to Fitzroy in Melbroune, Australia If you’ve been. Then we’d have to take a go kart tour through the city center. This is a must. Much better than those generic bus tours through the city. Afterwards we would get some ice cream and take a walk on the Alster (a part of the Elbe river that flows through Northern Germany). At some point we would hit the clubbing scene. We would go to the Reeperbahn which is basically where the majority of all the nice clubs are in Hamburg and just club hop all night. There is a really cool club called the bunker and it’s basically an old WWII bomb shelter that was converted into a club. There’s a really nice horse track/public park where I live with lush green grass year round. It’s really nice for picnics are escaping the city and heading into the wilderness. My cat loves when we take her there! Then we would go to my favorite beach in Hamburg called the Elbstrand in the Blankenese area. The whole area is filled with beautiful seaside houses, the sand is beautiful and the water is perfect temperature for swimming! Last but not least we would go to this carnival called the Hamburger Dom. It comes three times a year with a giant Ferris wheel, heaps of rides, great food and games, and a lot of beer. It’s honestly one of my favorite parts of Hamburg. Really brings out the life of the city.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Big shout out to my man @jordanroymedia! He took a big risk to do photography full time during a pandemic and it has truly paid off. He is a true example of how hard work and dedication will always take you where you need to go in this life.