Alasdair McLellan (alasdairmclellan.com) began taking photographs at the age 12, when he bought his first camera. The first portrait subject was a young boy, wearing a green parka and a faux fur and eyes averted. From that first photograph many years have passed and Alasdair has become one of the most important photographers of his generation. In the nineties, he documented the club culture of Leeds and then he joined the i-D team, when, once moved to London, has captured the attention of the stylist Simon Foxton who commissioned him his first photo shoot for the magazine. Working for a magazine that winks at its readers gave him the freedom to portray everything that inspired him.
Alasdair McLellan, since he realized the first portrait of the young boy, he has been maintaining the same way of looking at the world through the camera. The landscapes around Doncaster in the South Yorkshire, where he was born and grew up, his memories of the miners’ strike and the widespread poverty in the common people with whom he shared his teenage years are a source of inspiration along with the cinema of the sixties, Paul Morrisey ‘s music and the art of David Hockney. All of these experiences, related to his perception absolutely British, have allowed him to trace the beauty in imperfection.
“Ultimate Clothing Company” is his first book of photographs, designed and published by M/M Paris and released in a limited edition of 2,000 copies.
The title of this book comes from the name of a shop in Doncaster, where McLellan and his friends were used to buy jeans. This volume has been strongly desired by the artist; the book, a project he has been working on for years, shows kids and landscapes inextricably linked to each other. Leafing through the pages of Ultimate Clothing Company you will come across soldiers, skaters, workers, boxers and all the people that the photographer has encountered during his career .
The identity of his photos can be traced in his memories. According to McLellan the most important thing is to track down a context that influences people personality and then the pictures; the relationship between people and the landscape is important because is in it that you realize the diversity and the added value of a picture. Portraits of rebellious teenagers with romantic glances along with daily glimpses in the province intercept the vibrations of life. It is the instinct that escapes the artifice to attract his eyes, and this allows him to create images always related to life that have as a common trait their uniqueness.