How did you get started in photography?
To make a very long story short, I was given a DSLR a couple of years and from then onwards haven’t thought of any other career path that better suits me.
What role has your iPhone and Instagram played in it?
I did a BTEC in photography and I can say that without Instagram I don’t know whether I would have managed to finish that course. I have met some great people on Instagram that pushed me to finish my course and help me grow both as a person and a photographer.
How has London influenced your perspective?
I feel London has made me a more versatile photographer in a way, because there are so many opportunities. One day you may be doing street photography or cityscape stuff and the next day you may be doing a wedding.
Where are your favorite places to go in London?
My favorite place to in London probably has to be The Shard. Never fails to amaze me, and always makes me see how vast London really is and that there has to be so many hidden photographic gems in this city.
How do you feel about starting uni right now? Why did you choose Bournemouth?
A few months ago, I had no plan on even applying for university because I was finding the current photography course wasn’t what I expected. But starting university was the best decision I have made in a while. I chose Bournemouthbecause it has a very good reputation for both photography and commercial photography, the lecturers all have industry experience, the equipment is
fantastic, the university has great industry links and I loved the idea of living by the beach, haha.
How do you like Bournemouth so far? How long does the program last?
I’m loving it right now. I’m not too far from London but I’m far enough to get away from all the BS that comes with London. One thing though.. I haven’t been so inspired to shoot much. I feel Bournemouth is too small at times and traveling is just nowhere near as easy as it is in London. Plus, the fact that I literally don't have any cameras at the moment, not even an iPhone.
What about commercial photography intrigues you?
I love all kinds of photography but I feel if I want to be able to make a living out of it I will need to have that kind of knowledge over the fine-art type of photography.
What are you inspired by?
I feel I am mainly inspired by the people around me. The drive some people have to succeed and go the whole way always pushes me to reach my potential.
What do you like about shooting at night compared to the day?
I love the not-so-natural colors you can capture at night so I feel there is a lot more to work with. I also think every color looks good against a black backdrop.
Do you think you’d do more series like that one of all the owners in their shops? Also, what inspired that series?
That project, “The Trade,” (A visual exploration into diversity through business) was really tough to shoot but fun at the same time. I would definitely want to do moreprojects like that (documentary) or even expand that one project beyond London. That project was inspired by John Delaney’s project, “Hoboken Passing.” He photographed a family-owned business in Hoboken, New Jersey, while
it tried to survive the changes that were going on around it, such as big corporations shutting down other local businesses and opening phone shops and so forth. Visually, this inspired me and I had to somehow touch on some points that I hadn't really seen done before so I just did added a little touch to the whole diversity thing.
Interview by Jack Sommer