developing an emotional connection
During my time as a photographer I have found many things that interest me in both the natural and human worlds. Most recently I have been pursuing a photographic project focusing on beetles found across the African biome. With this project I hope to shed light on the hidden creatures many people are unaware of and inform people of the importance these insects play in the ecosystem as their numbers begin to dwindle due to numerous factors. However, besides this I enjoy capturing photographs of people, with one of my projects in second year focusing on the residents of Khlong Toey, Bangkok. During this project I ventured to Bangkok and captured a series of photographs highlighting the environment and lives these people live.
When studying photography at A levels I was fortunate enough to attend a number of photographic guest lectures. The two that stood out the most for me and heavily influenced my interest in photography were Lee Jeffries and David Yarrow. Both capture black and white photography; however, the content of their work differs vastly. David Yarrow specialises in wildlife photography, capturing never before seen shots of apex predators. David told me “if someone says you can’t capture that, go out and do it. Go out and capture that short and show the world that anything is possible”.
Lee Jeffries on the other hand sparked my passion for portraiture photography. Jeffries work focuses on capturing images of homeless people, with his work capturing striking detail in the individuals face, highlighting the hardship many of these people have been through. The key element I took away from Jeffries talk was understanding the subject. When you truly understand your subject you’re able to develop an emotional connection, allowing for the photographer to understand and capture a truly striking image, due to the understanding of the individual.
Whilst I like to explore all the mediums of photography in my work capturing both film photography and creating two moving image pieces during my time on this course I find myself predominately shooting on digital. The reason behind this is because many of the subjects I choose to capture especially when capturing wildlife photos require quick timing and lots of preparation.
For final year project I have been pursuing a photographic project focusing on beetles found across the African biome. Using macro lenses, I am able to capture roughly 1,000 shots per specimen which is then stacked using an editing software, allowing for an incredibly sharp and informative shot to be captured. With this project I hope to shed light on the hidden creatures many people are unaware of and inform people of the importance these insects play in the ecosystem as their numbers begin to dwindle due to numerous factors with the main issue being human expansion.