A few months ago, I moved to London for university. At first, I was apprehensive, I’m notoriously good at getting hopelessly lost and I like peace and quiet, but somehow London just feels right. I am completely in love with the fact that I can walk in any direction and find something interesting, weird, something I never knew existed! After living in a small town my whole life, London is refreshingly vast and varied and it’s great to have so many incredible places around me.
I decided to document London and the places I find and carry a disposable camera with me whenever I go out. I really enjoyed the whole process, and there’s nothing like opening up the envelope and looking at your prints for the first time!
Since September, I’ve been on an Art and Design Foundation course designed to encourage experimentation and allow you to ‘diagnose’ yourself, or decide which area of art to pursue (if any at all.)
When I started the course, I remember wanting to know what exactly I was. I talked to my course leader about this insecurity and he asked me why I would want to be one thing. I was envious of those who knew, without a doubt that fashion or illustration or whatever was definitely them, that they fitted perfectly into that medium. I knew I liked lots of things but I didn’t feel particularly good at any of them, if anything, my ideas were the medium I was most comfortable with.
Throughout the year, I tried loads of new media and found that I enjoyed nearly all of them, that while the people who had defined themselves sometimes struggled stepping out of their box, I could enjoy everything in my own struggle to find what I was good at. I loved experimenting and feeling free to explore anything, if something went wrong, it could be a good thing and my favourite work was usually accidental.
I still don’t know exactly what I am, but I think that the past year has taught me that I don’t have to know. I’m still most comfortable thinking and I know that my ideas are my strong point but that’s fine. I don’t have a clue what I’ll do in the future but I’d like to keep this feeling, the not knowing and wandering around other people’s mediums…I like it.
In June, I went to Barcelona with my best friend. It was hot, there was a lot of walking and we ate brunch everyday in the park. I loved the colours there, brilliant azures and hot oranges, so I thought I’d share them with you…
I haven’t posted in so long! This was taken whilst in Berlin in January using my Diana Mini. The camera lets me layer exposures and manually control the shutter speed which can produce interesting results. It doesn’t always work out, I have plenty of completely white photographs but when it does there’s something magical about the image. I like the fact that I can combine places and memories and although I might not always be able to tell what the image is, different shapes and colours can create beautiful scenes.