JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you want to be growing up?
PATRICK FRASER: A farmer. I really wanted to drive a tractor. Then at 8 my father bought me a Pentax SLR and I was hooked.
JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
PF: Ed Ruscha. In particular his photographic series work like Nine Swimming Pools.
JC: What are you up to right now?
PF: I am hand printing a series I made in Joshua Tree. I edited the set down to Seven bw 4x5 negatives. Then on the magazine side I just shipped the final pictures for the Sunday Times Magazine cover story to London.
JC: Have you had mentors along the way?
PF: I’ve had virtual mentors in a sense, where I collect books by one photographer or really look and read up on their work like Irving Penn or William Eggleston.
JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?
PF: Los Angeles. This is an exciting city. I keep getting ideas for series just driving around. The light and architecture here really infuse my work.
JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?
PF: Stand behind your work.
JC: If all else fails - what is your plan B?
PF: I don’t have a Plan B.
JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?
PF: Yes but Los Angeles makes it very hard to make community because its a huge spread out city with no real center. We started a small photographic group called EnMasse a few years back where we meet up to talk about are work and sometimes invite guest speakers.