Khristopher Cowley is a festival, lifestyle, and portrait photographer based in Bristol – UK, with a keen eye for visual storytelling and vibrant candid moments.
Combining his love of street photography and a curiosity for both analogue and digital mediums, he hopes to create original imagery with a true sense of place. With his agency Here & Now, he has spent the last 8 years documenting music events around the world, including those with Life and Death.
We chatted with Khris about his career, and had him curate a selection of his top 10 Life and Death party photos over the years to celebrate our 10-year anniversary.
How would you describe your artistic style?
I always try and inject as much colour and energy into my images whenever possible, like a hazy memory of the last time you were at a festival, even if this sometimes goes against electronic music’s tendency to be dark and serious on the dance floor.
Where do you draw your creative inspiration from?
I get a lot of inspiration from cinemaStreet photographers like Martin Parr and Shinya Arimoto, who have been influential for me for years before I became professional. Usually, I take notes from all the other brilliant event photographers I work with around the world.
You’re in the studio working on your next project. What music are you listening to?
During the first lockdown I unintentionally gave myself a break from electronic music, listening to a lot of jazz and ambient over the summer. Now the cold and dark months of our British winter have set in, I’m back to listening to something that gets the heart pumping a little. Currently giving some heavy airtime to Shadows In Blue, which my fellow Bristolian Hodge released earlier this year.
What’s your favorite Life and Death memory?
There are a few that spring to mind, but the most memorable to date has to be THAT sunrise at Rakastella 2019. To come out of the rabbit hole of the night and find yourself on the beach, with practically half the festival blissing out at the ocean, that was pretty special. Add to the fact that every artist who played over the night was having a huge back-to-back session at the stage behind you, and you have a pretty special moment.
Life and Death is turning 10, what would you like to wish us?
I wish for the Life and Death family to keep growing, to keep finding new ways to show the world their own take on electronic music, and to keep producing events that push the boundaries of what we can expect at a party. Big love as always!