Luke Stephenson first appeared on our radar back in 2005 when he won the Jerwood Prize straight out of university. Since then he has shot prize budgerigars for his Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds project, documented the World Beard and Moustache Championships, tackled Santa impersonators in their grottos, photographed 7122 Corn Flakes in a Box and featured owls in Agi & Sam’s Topman collection.

He recently shot the brilliant ‘For Life Not Landfill’ campaign for Jigsaw and his second book, 99 x 99s, saw Luke driving around the coast of England and Wales in a bedford nipper van documenting and searching for the origins of the iconic and very British 99 ice cream. Luke takes over our Recommends column this morning and explains why a photographer he spotted in Amsterdam last year has made him look at sponges in a completely different way.

I went to the photography fair Unseen in Amsterdam a while ago and saw lots of great new work but I really liked the work of Takashi Suzuki, especially his BAU Series, which is basically lots of different types of sponges arranged in different ways. Its very simple but I just thought it was rather beautiful.

It really jumped out at me while wandering around all the different stands. It was displayed in a grid and looked very appealing from a distance. To my surprise when I got closer it was simply photographs of different sponges which made me smile and I like it when photography make me happy. Who would have thought there were so many different sponges !.

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