Creativity is an adventure.
I mean, sure. Lots of people say that creativity is a journey, but to me it really is quite a remarkable adventure. You never know quite where you’re going to end up at the end of it. You have no idea what you’ll learn, the places you’ll see, or the people you’ll meet who will leave an indelible mark on your soul.
I took up photography just over ten years ago at the age of 20. I begged my Mum and Dad for a digital SLR and it all spiralled out of control from there. I’m entirely self-taught – with the exception of YouTube videos and a few workshops (as well as a boatload of tips and tricks from friends) but at the age of 28 I decided to go to university to study History of Art in order to improve my photography and writing.
Being the stubborn person that I am, I supported myself through university with freelance journalism in the photography sector. It’s never easy being a writer – you need a slightly neurotic edge and an addiction to coffee – but it opened my eyes to the photographic work that is going on in the world.
It was with great relief that I graduated from Oxford Brookes University in the Summer of 2016. I had set out to achieve a 1st, and that was the result that I got at the end of the course. I even graduated at the top of the class, with an award to mark my hard work.
After my undergraduate degree I completed a Masters by Research in History of Art. My thesis focusses on the possibilities of new media and emergent technologies as works of art, with a particular drive to uncover how classifying new mediums as art could benefit young women artists. I’m now embarking on a Ph.D that discusses the difference in the way we perform and portray femininity and masculinity in portraiture.
My primary work experience as a photographer was when I worked for several major fashion brands to produce their product photography and marketing material. However I drifted away from this kind of photography, instead looking for something that combined documentary style work with high levels of creativity.
I’m currently primarily looking for writing work related to photography or history of art, but I’m still open to shooting interesting and unusual portraits or events. So if you have a project that you think I’d be suitable for, please do get in touch and lets have a chat.