If I can recall correctly, the moment I picked up a camera was when I was five. My dad was an avid photographer and his broad collection of lenses intrigued my little fingers and curiosity. As I grew older, I realised the immense emotions, history, and life a single second of a click on a camera could capture. It was then when I volunteered in Malawi that my Canon 70D and I became one. Soon, I started photographing people sleeping on benches, moments of happiness, and protests that could turn aggressive at any moment. I do admit I have a strange attraction towards conflict zones and capturing floods of humanity. While I was in Morocco to study Arabic, I stood in the middle ground between English and Arabic, between the opposing political views of the West and the Middle Eastern world. Where one day I hope to stand neutral, with a camera in my hand. With this camera, I hope to freeze potent moments of humanity, write visual stories of love, and cross barbed borders to connect similar yet different worlds. Though challenging, I would like my photographs to be a middle ground. A possible space of compromise and connection. I would like to tell genuine stories about human beings, their struggles, their yearning for life, and their hope for the future.
Originally from Seattle, Washington, I’m a first-year at St Andrews, studying English and Film. I took up photography only last year, but it has quickly become one of my favourite pastimes, one of the many ways in which I can capture and make sense of the world around me. As Ferris Bueller said, “Life moves pretty fast.” Ever since I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with finding ways to slow life down, or at least to freeze time for a moment. In particular, I like to capture the beauty of the mundane, not grandiose scenes, but rather a stack of cookies eaten while studying, a particularly nice view from a window or street corner, or my friends and family members in their natural habitats. While I have shot senior photos and, this summer, a wedding, the fact that photography is primarily a hobby for me means that a day out with my camera and the subsequent editing process allow me both to relax and stay creative. Until now, my photos have always been shot digitally, but I recently found a little film camera at a garage sale and I’m thrilled to start using it, especially in this little town of old grey buildings, right on the sea — I mean, c’mon!
I was introduced to film photography by some of my closest friends at university and its quickly become one of my favourite ways to record the incredible memories I’ve made since then. The act of shooting a photo, especially when it’s on film and you really have to think about each shot, helps cement the things I’ve experienced in my mind and hopefully yields beautiful images in the process. I now always have my camera with me when I go somewhere outside of St Andrews and it’s probably one of my most prized possessions. This is also proof that anyone with a camera bought on eBay and a desire to give it a try can discover a new passion and create some beautiful images.
I’m a first-year doing IR from San Francisco, California, and over the past year I’ve taken an interest in street photography. For me, it began with admiring street photography Instagram accounts and then progressing to giving it a try myself. In the final term of my last year of high school, I had the opportunity to do an independent study art class where I could devote my time to shooting, editing, and printing my photographs. This got me into a regular routine and through doing so I’ve developed a love of finding people and places in a more spontaneous way than most other forms of photography.
I’ve come to find that street photography is a really meditative practice for me because it totally focuses you on the moment; you are looking for the next person, window, sign, etc… that is interesting. In addition, it has been a great way to get out and interacting with people in a totally informal, spontaneous setting and has challenged my more naturally introverted self. Street photography has totally changed my perception of space, showing me that it is the people within it that make it fluid and alive. In this regard, street photography has become an incredible lens through which I interact with new places as I travel around the world and to St Andrews.
I’m a second-year student studying Spanish and Comparative Literature, and I have been interested in photography for several years now. That interest only grew when I came to university, where I realised my passion for fashion photography, and I am now developing my skills as part of Haute Magazine on the photography team.
When asked why I photograph, I would say that my ultimate aim is to create art. I have never had skills that lie in drawing or painting, so to be able to photograph and create beautiful images is something that I really adore. For this reason, I want to share photography that inspires people to start photographing themselves and realising how incredibly rewarding this pastime can be.
I am a second-year student studying Computer Science from Hong Kong who enjoys not only taking photographs on travels, but videos as well to fully capture the environment I surround myself in. I photograph to capture moments uniquely inspiring in landscapes which will be lost forever otherwise, memories to live by to look back upon, and expand the view of others about the world they live in and the beauty out there beyond the front door. A photograph can never replace an experience, but I try to encapsulate a sense of awe in what I showcase to the audience.