What’s it like being an art student up north at University of Central Lancashire?
I felt comfortable being a art student in the north as it is close to home. However, I do feel there are a lot more opportunities in the south in regards to the photography industry. There are also a lot more connections and art galleries in the south (london) compared to up north.
How would you rate your course?
I felt overall my course was good however, personally felt that the course focused a lot on the written side of photography when emphasis should have been placed on the practical side. However, the lectures were always helpful and encouraging and the facilities are brilliant.
How would you describe your works?
I would describe my work as narrative driven and constructed. I like controlling what goes into the image and constructing that in order to manipulate the audiences interpretation.
What advice would you give people looking to start a degree in photography?
I would advice any student to study what they enjoy and can see themselves enjoying for a long time. As a degree is not easy and you still need to keep the passion and enjoyment in order to succeed.
Best advice that was given to you during the course?
The best advise I have been given was to keep shooting and not to give up. To look for peers advise in order to improve.
What’s the dream job?
My dream job would be a creative director for fashion shoots. I’m interested in creating shoots and organising them rather than the technical side of photography.
Who or what inspires your work?
My main inspiration is Tim Walker and Jenny Brough. They appear to use the camera as an aid to express their creative side rather than being technically driven like many photographers.
What equipments do you use when shooting?
I tend to shoot on digital as a I prefer the process. Again, I’m not technically driven therefore, I tend to use equipment that will aid my narrative rather than the other way around.
How was Free Range for you?
Free range was a brilliant insight into opportunities in the industry and networking. Allowing myself to build confidence in my work and when talking to others.
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