Josh Hawkins

Josh Hawkins is an extremely talented 21 year old photographer & dance artist based in Leeds.

So tell me a bit about yourself…

I have spent the past 3 years training professionally at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance where I gained a first class honours degree and a place in VERVE, a postgraduate performance touring company.

Explain the concepts and values of your work…

I am currently dancing with VERVE touring the UK and internationally. Alongside my dancing, I am a keen self-taught photographer. I started photography in my teens and now I work focusing on fusing my passion for movement into my work as a photographer.

Who inspires you?

I am inspired most by people; the way they move and hold themselves as individuals. I take inspiration from my surroundings and the notion of improvisation, not planning and over thinking my art.

What’s your biggest achievement?

In 2013, I undertook a year long project, Project 365, where I took and uploaded an image every day of the year; to challenge myself, to grow, to learn new things and establish a strong aesthetic of my work that represents a part of me in my current stage of life.

If you’re a fan of Josh’s work, keep up to date with his latest photos on his Blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Pip Merrifield

A fashion marketing and management student at the University of Manchester (and a very good friend of mine!), Pip has always immersed herself in fashion; and her ambition and knowledge helped her to gain an internship at the Manchester Fashion Network, where she is involved in digital marketing.  Alongside this, Pip enjoys doing photography in her spare time (which you can check out on her website); and she was the talented photographer behind Gola’s successful on-campus photo shoot in December 2013, of which some of the images are shown here.  I caught up with Pip to talk about her love of fashion and photography, and what she hopes to do in the future.

When did you first get into photography, and what kind of things do you photograph?

I first got into photography when I was around 13, I was really interested in graphic design at the time and found I could incorporate the two to create a more distinct style. It’s since blurred with my love of fashion, resulting in street style photography and editorial-style shoots!  What do I photograph? Anything and everything! I tend to take my camera round with me so I have a bit of a visual diary which you can check out on louley.tumblr.com. I’m also really fond of taking street style photos, there’s such a diverse range of styles in Manchester and people aren’t afraid to experiment. I think it’s really important to document how the trends translate from the catwalk to everyday outfits each season.  Recently, I’ve done a lot of events and gigs around the city which is really fun too, photographing bands such as The Sunshine Underground.

What do you hope to do when you finish University?

As well as studying Fashion Marketing and Management I also work part-time doing digital marketing for a Manchester-based fashion website, The Fashion Network, which I love! I definitely want to pursue a career in a similar field after I graduate, hopefully still within the fashion industry. Of course I still plan on keeping photography as a hobby.

Which trend are you most looking forward to for SS14?

I know it sounds cliché but pastels! I’ve completely fallen in love with baby pink this autumn/winter which I’m counting on in the transition to Spring/Summer.  A baby pink scarf or shoes makes a nice change to my all monochrome wardrobe too!

Which one trend do you wish would go away?

Anything cut-out probably. The main reason being that it’s not very functional for the British weather and I think it devalues a lot of cute dresses or tops.

 

To check out some of Pip’s photography work, head on over to her website.

 

Phoebe Cheong. Fashion Photographer.

Leibovitz is 63, Testino 58 and Terry Richardson is simply just old enough to know better. All these fashion photographers have become household names and icons in their own right through their extraordinary journeys and beautiful works of art, but who’s next? I spot a Phoebe Cheong on the horizon.

I was fortunate enough to meet the talented Miss Phoebe Cheong back in 2010, after we had both been bribed with tickets to Underage Festival by We Are Photogirls to snap up shots of style-tastic festival goers. I was a little shy and reserved at first, holding my Nikon close and muttering under my breath; “I don’t suppose.. I could have a photo?”, whilst Phoebe on the other hand, had vast dip-dye-denim-donned crowds diving in front of her lens. Practically from the first 5 minutes I had spent with the girl it was clear what she was put on this planet to do.

Since that day, I have followed Phoebe’s work religiously, being fed tidbits of behind the scenes, videos and props from each shoot via her official Facebook page and falling in awe for her carefully edited delicious outcomes.

After recently graduating from Arts University Bournemouth, it was more than a pleasure to catch up with the Malaysian-born missy and grill her that bit further..

Let’s start with inspiration, which photographers inspire you most and why?

– I am currently very fond of the works of James Meakin and Chen Man. My recent work has been inspired by Meakin’s use of light and locations in his images. Chen Man’s work excites me as it embraces the strength and individuality as a young generation of China.

What excites you about fashion photography?

– The creative team. It always amazes me how innovative when a group of creatives get together to produce a fashion piece. 
That said, it excites me when I am finally able to share my images to world once they are edited and published in an online/printed magazine, after keeping it a secret for months after the shoot!

How would you describe your signature style? 

– I would describe my work to be colourful, cultural and bold. I have started to be very much inspired by the Chinese culture, and I hope to infuse my experiences in both the East and West into my future work. 

What’s been your most enjoyable/rewarding shoot?

– I really enjoyed the shoot when I went to Beijing to photograph an editorial piece. Working with an amazing team, beautiful Chinese model and breath taking traditional location, I was able to bring these images back to the West and share the beauty of the modern and traditional in China. Not only has the images been published in an online magazine, I also had the opportunity to display these images in an exhibition in London, and the responses to these images have been extremely rewarding.

(Phoebe with her photographs shot in Beijing for Noctis Magazine showcased in ‘Thrive’ photo exhibition at the Candid Arts Trust, London.)

Funny anecdotes from shoots?

– There are always funny moments from all my shoots, but my favourite one had to be when I photographed in Beijing for Noctis Magazine. Whilst photographing in a very traditional residential part of Beijing, we came across some local men playing Chinese chess on the street side. I suggested our Chinese model Hui Hui, to pose amongst them without disrupting the game and five minutes into the shoot, one of the men screamed out loud and almost fell off his stool! Apparently he was frightened from not being aware of her presence and how tall she was!

Biggest obstacle along the way? 


– The biggest obstacle would be finding your unique style that makes you stand out from the crowd. Be patient, it does take time and hard work to find your unique style. Experiment as much as you can and challenge yourself on every shoot you do. It will definitely pay off at the end! 
Furthermore, before a shoot, I usually have a good idea of what I would like the outcome to be. However sometimes, I believe that some things fall apart so that better things can fall together.

Who would be your celebrity of choice to snap?

– It has got to be Miss Sasha Fierce, Beyonce!

Proudest fashion moment so far?

– When I was shortlisted for the ‘Fashion Photography Award’ at Graduate Fashion Week!

Tim Walker or Rankin?


– Tricky one! But Tim Walker wins it.

(Myself, Mia Gorgis and Phoebe at Underage Festival, London)

Ever been starstuck?

– Yes! When I saw Donatella Versace flying on the same plane as I was to Beijing!

Talk me through your favourite sandwich. 

– My mum’s tuna sandwiches: diced celery, carrots, red onions mixed in with tuna and mayonnaise spread on toasted bread, yum!

What is your treat at the end of a good shoot?

– Pancakes!

Phoebe’s portfolio stretches beyond just a few photographs on a page or in a magazine, it is a constant conveyor belt of beauty which is so hard to keep up with just as a follower, it’s difficult to imagine where she even finds the time to create these wonders. To get a real understanding of her work, why not head over to her official site here.

See you queuing up around the corner of Somerset House for one of her exhibitions. I give it a couple of years.

 

Katie Soze

Katie Soze specialises in transforming everyday images into extraordinary artwork. Having graduated from Huddersfield University with a degree in Fashion Design and now based in Sheffield, she has expanded her interests into the field of illustration and photography, capturing scenes of everyday magic in her own unique and visually breathtaking way.

Her latest project has been two years in the making, involving her photographing snippets of her everyday life. From walking home from work to taking trips to the laundrette, she believes art is to be found all around us, saying that “you never know what is waiting for you just around the corner.” In the past, she has experimented with a variety of different styles and forms, and more recently has been working on a project which, inspired by a dislike of the misleading term “plus-size model”, she has dubbed “fat naked photos”. You can find the images, as well her interesting personal take on life-modelling on her Tumblr site.

Katie’s work has the air of something fresh and exciting because she appears to use every excuse to experiment with her medium, developing projects by first playing around with ideas. She doesn’t seem scared of adventure, making her work varied and interesting, always innovative and with her style constantly evolving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can currently see some of Katie’s latest work exhibited at the Urban Outfitters store in Meadowhall, Sheffield in conjunction with Moonko, where you can also get your hands on some of her beautiful prints.

– Georgie

Amelia Le Brun

At 18 years of age, most of us think of the world in A to B terms, which puts young photographer and model Amelia Le Brun way ahead of the pack. Born to British parents in Germany, Amelia has spent her life traipsing the globe; from Kuwait to Scotland, Jamaica to Dubai, hers has been an eclectic upbringing.

Now living in London studying for an arts degree, Amelia has had time to lay down some roots and travel the world around her- remaining the greatest source of inspiration.

A mix of candid headshots and street photography make up the bulk of her portfolio, but as a model, she also dabbles in constructed fashion shots.

Though photography is her prime medium, fashion is also a source of creative indulgence for Amelia. Her look is somewhat hectic, but far from being otherworldly, it as an aesthetic that is very natural and obviously a product of her creative personality and upbringing.

A professional career is on the horizon for this young artist, but for the moment she’s living and working for her craft. Inspiring stuff.

A selection of Amelia’s work can be found at ams-le-brun.tumblr.com – she can be contacted at mealz@hotmail.co.uk.