“My camera is like another eye, and depending on which lens is attached to the camera body, either wide, or long, or magnified is how I can interpret the space around me and is evident in the way the photograph has been taken – you get to see another point of view.”
– Lucy Thomas.
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?
I have always been interested in Landscape & Architecture Photography, and over the course of this year, I have started to become more interested in Fashion Photography.
Analogue (film) or Digital photography and why?
I prefer Digital Photography over Analogue. I like to keep up to date with the latest technology, there is more storage space, and therefore I can take more photographs.
What subject matter do you find yourself drawn to?
I really enjoy traveling to new places, and I find myself being drawn to unfamiliar destinations. I am mainly drawn to Landscapes, Architecture, and people.
Pick three words/phrases that describe your approach to the medium?
Experimental. Discovery. Excitement.
Why did you choose to study photography?
I chose to study photography after finishing up my studies in Multimedia Design. My father is a mechanical engineer and gifted me my first camera…My hobby soon developed into a full-time passion. Studying photography has helped me turn my snapshots into photographs.
What has been the most noteworthy shoot/project you have done this year?
There has been a few, I really enjoyed the Fashion shoot. I had to do a lot of planning and organizing, and after putting in all that effort I managed to get the results I needed. Another project that I really enjoyed was our Creative Project, in which we needed to come up with our own project proposal – The Unfamiliar Destination. This was fun because it forced me to get out of my comfort zone.
Who is your biggest photographic influence at the moment and how?/why?
The biggest creative influence at the moment is my peers that I work closely with. They push me to perfect and better my skills technically and creatively. But to be more specific, Cedric Nzaka is someone in the photography scene that influences me in terms of working hard and smart to achieve goals. The way he does it is by experiencing the lifestyle he works for.
What has been your biggest misconception about photography as a practice?
Photography is more than what meets the eye, it is highly technical and depends on so many other factors that influence what the final image will look like. It is not simply ‘point and click’.
What is the most valuable thing you have learned from the course?
The process one needs to go through in order to have sufficient research before taking the photograph helped me plan my shoots.
What advice would you give to anyone seriously considering applying for the course?
I would recommend that anyone could do this course if they are passionate about photography and would like to build on their photographic skills.
How has photography shifted the way that you navigate the world?
After having studied photography for some time now, my eyes have developed and this has shifted the way that I view the world and the way that I pay attention to detail.