Interview by Bella Koopman
How did you first get into photography?
I first got into photography from my dad, he gave me his old camera, very cliche. I also watched The Devil Wears Prada as a young child, this helped me niche my interest further into the fashion photography I study currently.
What is your favourite thing to take photos of?
My favourite thing to take photos of is various eccentric types. I like to focus on subcultures that have less opportunity to be presented in mainstream media and to really represent the weird and wonderful- through their own eyes. Using documentary photography, I like to capture candid moments in communities that many people have not been lucky enough to gain insight to.
What do you most want to convey with your photography?
When I take photos I like to convey raw moments, often times I feel these carry their own sense of beauty in a way that they can never be captured in the same way twice. I like my photos to provide a certain uncensored nature, honest, unfiltered and true to the moment. More recently however, I have started to experiment with more abstract image-making; and this work is a lot more interpretive than my very literal documentary photography. With this new style I have undertaken, I want to create images made from my own inspirations and have this translated into an audience that can also perceive them in their own way.
Do you have a favourite project? If so, what is it and why?
One of my favourite projects to date was the ‘Angels of Essex’ project. I feel this was also reflected in the subsequent incredible traction this project gained. I loved this project so much as it was always a goal of mine. I was able to provide a very exclusive look into British strip culture and as a result of this was able to strike up multiple conversations surrounding sex work, female empowerment, and what it means to be a sex worker in contemporary society.
Do you think your youth and experience growing up has majorly affected what you photograph?
I have been lucky enough to have had a very well-rounded, secure upbringing, I feel as though I have used my photography to see life through various different perspectives and gain a better understanding of the current world climate and how this has affected those in situations different to myself. I really hope to bring attention to things that may not otherwise be talked about through my work and in turn give voices to the people that I photograph. I also focus strongly on work that nods to feminism and queer-culture as these are two specific things that are close to my heart.
Where do you see your craft going? Where do you want it to be in 5 years?
As I mentioned previously, I have recently started to focus on image-making and 3D software. I’d hope to further expand these skills as well as continuing to produce the documentary type photography that I have always loved. Another area I would love to break into is the music industry- producing music videos is something that I have wanted to work towards for a while. However, I am also enjoying the process of getting to wherever I may end up and learning on the way.
From Olive’s project ‘3D Oakley’