09 September 2013 Evening Standard
The musician son of the late Beatle John Lennon is unveiling his first photography exhibition in London – and said it is good to find an artform he can call his own.
Julian Lennon, 50, said he had pursued his own musical career with “a little stubbornness” despite impossible comparisons to his father.
But his new-found passion was for photography partly because it was “completely and utterly” his own. “Photography allows me a new lease of life and so far the response that I’ve had has been just great. I’m loving it more than anything.”
Lennon, the only son of Lennon’s first marriage to Cynthia Powell, was encouraged to show his pictures after friend and fellow photographer Timothy White saw some of his work. “Timothy said he thought there was something there that needed to be cultivated.”
Now the work was coming on “in leaps and bounds”. He has just done the stills for a movie and has also photographed musicians including U2 behind the scenes.
He thinks other musicians appreciate someone “able to capture moments but not intrude,” adding: “I know what it is like to have a photographer in your face. I can’t stand it,”
He admitted he could “could probably lead a pretty comfortable life” without working at all as a beneficiary of his father’s will.
But he said: ”I want to be proud of the life that I’ve lived and the work that I’ve done. For me, it’s about being a good person and a hard worker.”
Other projects include editing a documentary to go with his last album, Everything Changes, and his new humanitarian charity, the White Feather Foundation.
Although he now lives in Monaco, it was good to show in the country where he was born.
“I think it’s important that people know what I get up to these days, so people can recognise you’re not sitting on your arse and twiddling your thumbs, so people get a glimpse of who I am.”
Photographs by Julian Lennon runs at The Little Black Gallery in Chelsea from Saturday September 7 until October 19, admission free.