Images by Sterling Chandler
From capturing pictures of Ska legends The Specials to seeing his movie and images projected onto Arlington Home as a part of the Margate Now pageant – 16 12 months outdated photographer Sterling Chandler is taking the music and style world by storm.
The Chatham & Clarendon sixth former, from Broadstairs, has already labored with impartial label PIAS and music firm Common Music and is an envoy for Individuals Dem Collective, which champions engagement and inclusion for Black, Brown and Diaspora communities – particularly within the media world.
Now the super-talented teenager has been the assistant director and behind the scenes photographer for a mini movie sequence for Dazed Journal and Gucci.
The movie, named Knotted Gold, was directed by Tom Dream and options British singer and poet Arlo Parks. It’s a part of Absolute Novices, a brief movie sequence which sees 9 inventive abilities do one thing they’ve by no means executed earlier than – get within the director’s seat.
A kind of superb abilities is Sterling who found his expertise after being given an outdated iPhone when he was 12.
He mentioned: “I began off experimenting taking images with an outdated iPhone I used to be given, and my mum and pa inspired me to pursue it after seeing some issues I’d executed, and it simply grew from there. Then just a few years in the past household good friend, photographer Lawrence Watson, noticed a few of my footage and was very encouraging. Since then I continued exploring it, investing time and vitality. I saved up and acquired my first digicam final 12 months.”
Sterling grew to become concerned with the Knotted Gold challenge after Margate-based director Tom Dream and Individuals Dem Collective noticed a few of his superb work, together with photographs of The Specials from their gig in Margate in Could 2019.
Sterling mentioned: “Tom Dream and Individuals Dem Collective had seen a few of my style and music pictures, specifically of The Specials, and approached me to be the photographer for his or her ‘Black Goals Matter’ challenge in collaboration with musician Che Lingo earlier in the summertime.
“It was thrilling to be requested to be concerned and the ensuing movie and images have been projected onto the facet of Arlington Home in Margate throughout gale drive winds one evening for the Margate NOW activation!
“All of it went very well and so they bought in contact once more only recently to ask if I want to be concerned in one other challenge, this time with artist Arlo Parks for a brief movie sequence for Dazed and Gucci.”
The shoot, which included places the Walpole Bay Lodge, Cliftonville Lido and and Morellis in Broadstairs, meant Sterling was in a position to expertise the position of assistant director but in addition gave him the chance to seize some distinctive behind the scenes photographs.
He mentioned: “This 12 months has been exhausting as a lot of it has been in isolation, so it was nice to have the ability to play a small half in a group once more and expertise the vitality you get working with others.
“Being a behind the scenes photographer on this shoot for Dazed and Gucci concerned getting full entry to doc every part which was simply unbelievable. I used to be peering in and capturing pictures you’d usually miss.
“Being requested to be the Assistant Director to Tom Dream gave me a brand new expertise and the chance to see every part from one other perspective, which was simply unbelievable.”
The alternatives have been made accessible via Individuals Dem Collective – the organisation behind this summer season’s Black Lives Matter demonstrations and the thinktank bidding to create a cultural centre in Margate’s former Primark constructing.
Sterling, who says he now predominantly shoots with a Sony A7ii, says the group’s work is especially priceless for serving to proficient black and younger individuals acquire expertise and showcase their expertise.
He mentioned: “I’m more than happy to be a Individuals Dem Collective ambassador. It’s unbelievable as a result of it brings you into contact with professionals from all of the inventive industries. Simply to have the expertise of spending time and dealing with them is enlightening and informative and has helped me to develop.
“I believe it’s all about having the boldness to have a go, not worrying the way it will prove however simply getting caught in and seeing what outcomes.
“It’s thrilling PDC have arrange right here in Margate and the collaborative alternatives and the experiences they’re opening up for expertise in Thanet, notably for under-represented black expertise and younger individuals, is extraordinarily priceless.”
And there might be extra from Sterling quickly with some ‘thrilling initiatives’ lined up for subsequent month.
Arlo Parks’ Knotted Gold pays tribute to the work of seminal photographers Nan Goldin and Ren Cling, and is indebted to the type of legendary filmmaker Wes Anderson.
Poet and musician Arlo supplies an intimate narration for the movie.