“I started photography because my dad is a photographer for some massive brands and I wanted something I could bond with him over . He lent me a camera and I took a few snaps and realised this is something that I really want to do.”
Saffy Paget is 17 years old and a photographer and videographer from Cambridge. She is now a content creator for a brand created by Vodafone, VOXI, as well as a photographer for modelling agency ‘Milk’.
“I only started doing art a few years ago and it’s just exploded for me from there ; I just want people to see and appreciate my work”
She also comments how her supportive friends, who buy her zines and give her feedback, is a huge help in moving forward.
“I’m currently applying to study fashion photography at UAL, and then I’m hoping to move on and be a photographer for magazines like Dazed or iD, that’s the dream really.”
Saffy’s zine is available on the link below!
“At first, I had no plan as to what aspect of youth culture I wanted to focus on, I just took my camera out with me and shot anything.”
Shannon Pinnell is a photographer from Bedford, England. ‘Growing Pains’ is a photography series based on youth culture and friendships formed during our teenage years.
“When I looked back at all of my images, there were way over 100 photos so I kind of just put them all into separate groups and this group was the one that stood out the most.”
Friendship and closeness stands out straight away. Whilst being candid, those in the photos seem completely open around each other, even in shots there are people just by themselves in the frame; the photographer is still there on the other side of the camera who they have some sort of relationship with.
“I arranged the photos so gradually it gets darker, people get closer and people become more intoxicated even to the point where the camera itself doesn’t actually work properly anymore.”
Shannon is inspired by artists such as Chloe Sheppard, Richard Billingham, Cindy Sherman, Corrine Day and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Shannon is currently at her second year of Bedford College studying photography and hopes to go on to UWE in Bristol next year to study fashion communications.
“I feel that photography is an escape from the real world for me. I can capture people through the beauty I see them in.”
Liv Jarman is an inspiring young portrait photographer from Birmingham that is currently exploring different aspects of photography. At the age of 17, Liv has done photography around 6 years in and outside school, as well as currently studying art.
“The one thing that I truly value about photography or any art form is that there are no boundaries for what you can do with it.”
Liv was surprisingly inspired by the modelling industry to start photography.
“I found it compelling and captivating how photographers such as David Bailey and Corinne Day captured the purity and gracefulness of the models.”
Liv hopes to study photography at Manchester university next year.
Find Liv on twitter @livv4everr for more of her work.
“In a nutshell my work is self obsessed and pretentious. I think it’s important to always think you’re the coolest person in the room and I’ve worked very hard at manifesting this because as all work is a form of self portraiture I can’t see why anyone would want to look at anything that wasn’t the hippest most happenin’ piece in the gallery.”
Sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll is a part of it, self discovery and personal growth is another but Grace’s main aim is to document his experiences as they happen in some kind of language that only resonates with himself, that no one else will ever fully understand.
“I’d be lying if I said I even knew the full extent of what my work means, not until months later at least.”
“Manet’s painting of Olympia was a massive turning point for my work, the idea of this secret handshake that has passed from artist to artist for centuries which then in turn prompted the same running theme with The Kiss – and even more recently The Thinker, gave many, many works some elite high culture snobbery to them and I wanted in.”
Grace is quite the fan of Banksy’s Picasso slab which reads something along the lines of ‘the good artists borrow but the great artists steal.’
“The universe likes to play with me, and I only entertain it. There’s a time and a place for heart wrenching work but I’m not one to dwell on negativity, but I’d like to think my work keeps people on their toes because I am the universe and I am laughing at you in the same way the universe is laughing at me.”
Find more of Grace’s work on her website https://youthpleasure.wixsite.com/gracepateyartist
“Conceptually, I’m interested in how discarded objects and materials can be used to create new narratives. My most recent project used a sociological approach to explore how discarded objects may or may not differ based on a socio-economic comparison of two locations”
Charlotte Grocutt is a Fine Artist from Oxford. She works primarily with sculpture but more recently has begun to explore how three dimensional and two-dimensional art practices can be used in conjunction with each other.
“The process of my practice is very methodical, I select a location, collect objects and photograph them in location and then take them home to study them. I record each object I collect, measuring, weighing and numbering them – it’s quite time consuming but I think this process is an important part of my work, I’m not just picking up rubbish – I’m creating my own taxonomy and beginning to understand the objects as art. Once in the studio I photograph the objects again with artificial light and plain backdrop.”
Charlotte’s approach to drawing and painting is very visceral and an immediate reaction to the subject. She likes to use discarded paper as a backdrop to create depth and texture. Her paintings are representative of an object found in its original location.
“I simplify the shape of the object to a single block line creating an easy recognisable similarity between all of my paintings; I use the photographs taken when collecting the objects to build my colour palettes and textures.
When displayed alongside each other the objects and paintings allow audiences to understand Charlotte’s process and also to see the beauty in the discarded.
“Fundamentally I aim to create work that encourages discussion and is accessible to everyone. I think people can be intimidated by art and I think its down to us to breakdown this high culture barrier and allow everyone to be educated and inspired by the visual arts.
Charlotte is soon to be starting at Chelsea College of Art in London, studying Fine Art.
“From an early age, I was interested in the idea of capturing a moment and forever having it to look at. I began taking photos with a small digital camera when I was 10”
Chloe Nicholls is a young photographer from South Wales, primarily interested in exploring conceptual ideas through her photography. Chloe strives for minimalism in her photos, but has recently branched out into portraiture and documentary photography; shooting both digital and film.
“I’m now 17 and still expanding on my knowledge, equipment and experience. My first real inspiration for photography was William Eggleston – the saturated colours in his prints stood out to me and inspired me to pick up a film camera. Now, I find inspiration through looking at light and form, and how that accentuates the particular subject I’m shooting.”
“Multiverse” is a series of photos using mirrors in natural environments. Chloe explains how “the mirror acts as a window or doorway to provide a different perspective of the same landscape, thus exploring the idea of multiple realities existing at one time”
Chloe’s inspiration for this series came from Daniel Kukla and his photography using mirrors.
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“I have always found photography to be therapeutic and a good way to distract myself from daily life.”
In the future, Chloe hopes to study for a degree in photography and become a full time photographer.
To see more of Chloe’s work, you can visit her Instagram or Tumblr following the links below: