University: The City of Glasgow College and University of the West of Scotland
Artist Statement: My work varies from project to project, as a graduate I'm still testing the water, trying different approaches to suit what it is I am trying to explore. I like using photography as a gateway into subjects I am unfamiliar with. Which is exactly what my degree project Born After Birth was about.
What are some standout moments from your time at university? I was given a solo show within the college during my HND for a project I had done at the time called Suspense which I was really pleased with at the time. For my degree year it was probably winning 'Project of the Year' for my project (Born After Birth). Otherwise I just enjoyed going to other shows and working alongside other students.
Which photographic genre do you consider your work to fall into, and what themes do you find yourself exploring? I would say I fall under documentary and portraiture, I just enjoy exploring things I know little about. I am constantly looking for strange clubs or cult-like gatherings.
Do you have a favourite photographic journal? I probably like the most obvious one which is the BJP. But I'm constantly looking at what websites like Vice and Dazed are showing. I buy Hotshoe from time to time too.
Your work has been in a number of exhibitions to date, how do you go about getting your work seen? I constantly e-mail publications asking for feedback. I enter competitions that I know that I am not necessarily going to win or be featured in but if it's a good judging panel it's a great way to get your work in front of people who may not come across it on their own.
Is social media important to you as a working photographer? Social media is a great way to show your work and connect with other creatives, it is not vital but it certainly goes a long way in showing work to a wider audience with very little work involved. It can really work if you use it right.
Do you have a particular body of work that you have really enjoyed making? I really enjoyed making Born After Birth, it was the first time I was truly out of my comfort zone. Some of the events I was attending were making me feel really un-easy and that was quite an interesting process to go through. I particularly enjoyed designing the layout of the zine as that was completely new to me too, it's a great way to really process your images and curate how you want the viewer to see them.
How do you incorporate your research into a series you are working on? Research is great and it is a huge part of any project but I try not to get too bogged down on it. I pretty much research to see if anyone has made similar work and how they went about shooting/presenting it. I find it easier to research by going to shows and getting inspired that way - Google is great for facts and figures when it comes to your statement but it doesn't inspire me to make work.