Caitlyn Rix started her photography journey in high school when she would shoot school rugby games but got more into it when she started taking pictures of her close friends. She started exploring self-portraiture and fell in love with it. She also enjoys shooting product and food photography and exploring those mediums. Her goal is to freelance and one day open a business that hires young aspiring photographers.
View their photographs produced during this year, along with their year-end interview below:PHOTOGRAPHER'S INSTAGRAM
When you started the programme what genre of photography were you interested in and has it shifted over the course of the year?
When I started the course, my head was set on being a wedding photographer or doing mainly portraits but with spending 2020 in lockdown and mainly at home, I fell in love with self-portraits and product/food photography so no other people involved in the end really.
Analogue (film) or Digital photography and why?
I love digital photography but editing it to make it look like film. Shooting on film causes too much anxiety because I’m not able to review the shot right away.
What subject matter do you find yourself drawn to?
Mainly shooting in the bathroom, it’s quite the photogenic spot with the amount of natural light that it gets.
Pick three words/phrases that describe your approach to the medium?
Film noir. Decisive. Creative.
Why did you choose to study photography?
I like to have free-range and be creative and photography is that outlet for me and I love being able to capture everything in the way that I see it.
What has been the most noteworthy shoot/project you have done this year?
The most noteworthy shoot would have to have been the personal project. The way it developed and just slowly came into what it is now, continues to blow my mind. The project originally started with me taking self-portraits in the bath to speak about vulnerability and the male gaze and then it transformed into a series of images that tell the story of grief and loss.
What has been your biggest misconception about photography as a practice?
That all you have to do is press a button.
What is the most valuable thing you have learned from the course?
Definitely learning how to use my camera to its full potential and how to light something in a way that properly shows it off. I notice a lot more photographic moments and have become more decisive with what I shoot.