What was your journey like when you were first starting out?
As an independent and self-taught creative, the journey is longer and full of early failings, which prepares you for the creative world. You have to put in the hours; networking, reaching out and the dog work to earn people’s trust. For me, it took around three to four years of consistent work and experimenting. Your ideas will develop the more you work on them. And also you make your own luck...
If you could pick three things that you’ve found useful or inspiring to your career, what would they be and why?
Instagram has allowed me to develop an audience to tell my stories, directly communicate with people who enjoy my work and also sell my photobook. It’s a creative tool to show off your portfolio of work.
Secondly, meeting and working with so many different people is a humbling experience. This element is crucial to me, especially as a community photographer. It has allowed me to understand the people I photograph on a more personal level. In turn, I am able to capture and share something far more meaningful.
Thirdly, you need a handful of people who can provide you with critical and honest feedback. Simple questions and statements can really make you think critically about what you are doing. The smallest comments can make the biggest differences.