As photography and the way we approach our work is forever changing, I always find it useful to take a step back and look at the development of my own work to see how far I’ve come since starting back in 2012.
I started taking an interest in photography at school and studied the subject for my A Levels, along with psychology and business studies. I had never had to build up a sketchbook full of my ideas and developments before, nor had I ever had to create a photographic project. After many trial and errors, I decided to focus on the subject of ‘Fairy tales’. I loved the idea of creating a magical scene in the woods by my house and making my friends wear dresses and go barefoot in the middle of October (girls, if you’re reading this…I’m sorry!). In one afternoon I’d pulled together quite the set, considering the fact I was 16 and had no clue what I was doing…but I loved it and it pushed me to want to further my photography at University.
Here's a rare archive of some of my A Level photography...
As most 18-year olds find, University was a huge step up from school and I felt like I’d been thrown straight into the deep end. As I said in my previous blog post, I literally tried out everything during my first and second year, before finding my feet in year three. I went through phases of wanting to become a fashion photographer, then a food photographer (this ended when I found out you couldn’t eat the food afterwards!) and then a still life photographer. Out of all of them, still life photography became my main focus. I loved it because I had full control over what I was creating and didn’t have to depend on any models or stylists to help me out. However, after being cooped up in the studio 2-3 times a week, I decided I didn’t want to be inside anymore and needed to get out, which is what lead to my passion for lifestyle and interiors.
From shooting colourful still life images with props and studio equipment, to creating minimal interior photography using only natural lighting, my style couldn't have changed more. I only wish I'd found my 'vision' earlier on in my studies, so I'd have a more extensive portfolio. However, I think it's so important to refer back to old work when you've hit a wall with your photography, as it could spur you on to see how far you've come and how far you can go...I know that works for me!
Looking back now, it’s hard to believe where my photography started out and how far my style and creative vision have changed over the years. It’s scary to think where the photographic industry will be in the next 10 years and what I’ll be doing, but I hope I’m still as passionate about my work as I am now!