Micaela Solomon was born in 1996 in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. At age thirteen, she moved to Cape Town after having been in a car accident that left her orphaned.
Solomon is an autobiographical artist. Creating works from past experiences in relation to how these events affect her as an individual. She aims to make work that anyone can relate their own experiences to.
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 I was very interested in Fine Art photography (especially portraiture). Now that I’ve learned more about photography as a whole, I appreciate commercial photography from a better perspective.
Analogue (film) or Digital photography and why?
Digital, mainly because I feel like I have a bit more control working digitally, although that’s not to say I won’t ever work with film again in the future, I’m not going to put a timeline on that.
What subject matter do you find yourself drawn to?
I’m drawn to themes of self, body/figure, architecture, and interior.
Why did you choose to study photography?
I wanted to expand my skills as an artist and thought photography would be a good one to learn.
What has been the most noteworthy shoot/project you have done this year?
The shoots I’d done for my personal project were probably the most noteworthy because I’d learned to do so much in such a short time. I experimented with using a lot of methods to bring the project together. I’d also learned a lot more about myself in doing this project.
Who is your biggest photographic influence at the moment and how?/why?
My biggest creative influence would currently be Beezy Baily. I admire the loose, fun style he works in.
What has been your biggest misconception about photography as a practice?
“It’s just a picture.” It’s not just a picture when you think about all the planning and preparation that goes into making a photo both before and after shoots.
What is the most valuable thing you have learned from the course?
The most valuable thing I’ve learned in this course is to ask questions if you’re uncertain. Clarification is key!
How has photography shifted the way that you navigate the world?
I’m always ‘looking’, sometimes I’ll be the most ordinary places and think “this is a good place for a shoot’, so I’d say I’ve been taught to always look at my surroundings for potential shoots/photos.