Since 2009, photographer Laurence Von Thomas has been running his blog ‘If You Leave’ as a place for contemporary photographers to submit their work. With photographs of a wide variety of subjects and landscapes, the focus is more on the impact of a single image rather than a body of work from those submitting. As a result what’s achieved are beautiful single snapshots many of which explore peace, solitude, and loneliness, with little information given about the specific image, a sense of ambiguity is also created, providing further intrigue.
‘If You Leave’ now has over 3000 followers and in 2010 a book was released of selected images. This level of success has continued as this month sees Laurence now ready to launch his second book featuring the work of over 250 photographers from around the world that have been exhibited on the site since 2011. Dazed Digital speaks to Laurence about his original inspiration for the project and how he’s selected the photographs this second time around.