Simon Crawford – Becoming Crawford

Gaydar Blog

Gaydar Blog
09 November 2017

Queer artists are my favourite artists, and one of my favourite queer artists is Simon Crawford, better known in photography circles as Crawford. Crawford is a photographer based in Glasgow. Those of you familiar with the area may remember him from such clubs as AXM. I got in touch to dig a little deeper, find out more about Crawford and his art.

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Who is Crawford, where did you come from and how did you get here?

I’m an Internationally published, professional artist and photographer. My work is primarily portraiture, exploring personality and sexuality.

I was originally based in Belfast, but recently moved to Glasgow to broaden my horizons and expand my work. A change in scenery was definitely needed. I’ve been working as an artist for eight years now, and I’ve been an avid photographer since my teens.

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Self by Simon Crawford

Tell me more about your art – what sort of pieces do you create? Where can we see your work?

I work mainly in portraiture. But I’ve also worked in fashion, nightlife and documentary styles. I’ve been published in Immortal Mag, Pink Mince, Beyond Man, GNI and numerous LGBT+ digital publications including SummerDiary.com.

Where did it all start? Have you always been creatively minded?

I started in illustration from a young age and I’ve always been fascinated by people. I would drive my family and friends crazy, asking to draw them constantly. I continued this focus in my work right through until the age of 16, when I first discovered photography.

After bugging my parents for months I finally got my first film SLR camera. Once digital camera were producing similar results to film I used my first student loan to grab a Nikon d80, I used this during my degree in Visual Communication in Belfast. Continuing to capture my friends, my family and the Belfast LGBT scene.

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Seb Evans (Insta: @sebevansofficial) for Sickening Glasgow

What’s been a real test of your skills? 

Working around the scene gave me a crash course in portrait photography. You definitely need to think on your feet when working with drunk people and drag queens.

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Violet Grace (@purpledisgrace) at AXM Glasgow.

What’s keeping you busy these days?

Since moving to Glasgow in 2015 I’ve kept up the nightlife photography, currently I’m working in AXM Glasgow three nights a week, as well as being the Photographic Editor for SickeningGlasgow.com. In the spare time I get between those two jobs, I work on my male portraiture and videography.

Like what you see? Find more by Crawford, head to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Are you a queer artist? I want to hear from you! I’m here to support the queer community and our art. Contact Samuel if you want to be featured on our blog.

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