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How I unwind: Will Lakeman, Photographer

How I unwind: Will Lakeman, Photographer

Friday 19 May 2023

How I unwind: Will Lakeman, Photographer

Friday 19 May 2023

Making sourdough, board games, black metal and manga are just some of the things a local artist and photographer turns to when he wants to let off some steam.

In his day job, Will develops policies for the Government, but by night (often quite literally) he is an artist and photographer.

He is currently showing a body of work made in response to his obsession with the Fort Regent Leisure Centre. It uses a combination of photography and machine learning to recreate some of Will’s memories from around 1987 to 1992.

AI Art Fort Regent by Will Lakeman

Pictured: One of the works from Will's new exhibition.

The show was produced by Arthouse Jersey and you will able to discover the images (and hear the sounds) at Capital House, Tuesday to Sundays, from Wednesday 24 May to Sunday 2 July.

Ahead of the show opening, Will has shared how he relaxes.

I eat...


I am trying to eat a mostly plant-based diet, for ecological and ethical reasons.

I don’t always succeed in dodging burgers but I enjoy the challenge of cooking as many new recipes as I can using fresh vegetables and wholegrains. It helps that I was raised by hippies and have returned to the fold after a teenage addiction to hot dogs.

I also took up bread-baking in lockdown which I find very relaxing. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to make sourdough, but a lot of patience.

I drink...

gin and tonic

I like low alcohol craft beer, particularly from Big Drop and Drop Bear breweries.

The Local IPA Zero is pretty good too. I think the last answer make me sound like I am trying to be annoyingly virtuous, so let me state unequivocally that I’ll also neck anything that is fizzy, artificially coloured and full of sugar. I love all colas and root beers.

Without going to that extreme, I am also very fond of bitter sodas and fancy tonic waters. I think a single decent G&T would put me under the table so tonic water is as close as I can get.

I listen to...


I have two relaxation modes, minimal ambient music, nature and drone sounds - or free jazz and black metal.

I find it relaxing to listen to artists like Mare Incognitum and Blut Aus Nord. I can’t really enjoy it close to bed though as the shrieking keeps me awake, so I listen to a lot of science fiction audiobooks. 

I read...


I read manga and other comics, and books about or just containing photography.

I hope to put out my own book at some point over the next few years.

I do...


I play a lot of board games; I’m not sure if that counts as interesting, but it’s like a gym for my brain.

I also did a 'couch to 5k' whilst recovering from a back injury and have amazed myself with how much I enjoy running, especially on Jersey’s beautiful trails. I recently completed a half marathon. 

How do you unwind? Email to let us know.

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