Tell us your degree and where was it from?
I did a BA in photography and video at De Montfort University.
How would you describe your works?
I would describe my work as a mixture of documentary style, as well as incorporating personal and experimental styles
What was it like being an art student?
Being an art student it allows you to be as creative as possible and open you up to new techniques this allows you to continue to develop your skills and become a better artist you don’t get this in many other subjects. When doing projects you get to create your theme centred on giving you the opportunity to create your own personal stamp.
Best advice you were given during your course?
The best advice I was given was to make the most of your opportunities at university meaning make the most of the equipment and the facilities available to you because when you leave you wont have access to them as you would have to rent or buy the equipment.
The best thing about your course was?
The best part of our course was the fact that we did both photography and video and were able to mix them both into our projects as well as combining them by doing a stop-motion film like my video Broken.
The worst thing about your course was?
The worst thing about our course was the fact that sometimes the tutors didn’t stick to the handbook as it would cause confusion between some of my colleagues and we would all be told different things from our tutors.
Why did you choose to study where you were?
I chose to study at De Montfort University because I had a good gut feeling when I went for the interview as it felt right compared to other university interviews I went to. Also there was no other course available that did photography and video and I felt I would learn more skills from doing this.
Your dream job is?
My dream job would be a film director.
Tell us about the pictures
The book and images capture the changing fortunes of our industrial heritage, where through bankruptcy or recession, the sites of previously thriving industry have been left to fade away. Abandoned or forgotten locations have always interested me. My project seeks out specific large-scale industrial businesses; to capture the image as far as the eye can see; drawing the viewer in with a dramatic approach which depicts the desolate landscape.
From broad experimentation the Digital SLR and Lubitel camera shots were the strongest and most intriguing for the viewer. The Lubitel exploited nice pastel tones and the digital captured the range of textures and detail that the locations offer, as the book takes the viewer on a journey through our old industries.
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