My passion for photography and manipulating images first began in 2014; I had always loved taking photographs and capturing the moment as a child, but first became interested in turning photography into art when studying for A-Levels. Whilst studying art in my final years at school, I learned how to take an image and give it a meaning; how to create a story or send a message via a visual medium. I worked primarily on collage-based material, and created a focused timeline on the history of the LGBTQ+ community, looking at key moments in time such as the Stonewall Riots, and using my own photography to tie these moments into modern day celebrations of equality and Pride. I revisited this work and theme in 2019 during Pride month – link coming soon.
After completing my A-Levels, I went on to study HND Interactive Media at Vision West Nottinghamshire College for two years. It was here I learned how to amplify my abilities in both photography and image manipulation, and learned new skills in filmmaking, completing modules in moving image, video editing and learning 2D & 3D animation techniques.