I think that we live in a very self-critical generation. Although it’s good to want to improve, you shouldn’t beat yourself up for not being the artist you want to be from the get go
Where are you based?
I’m currently based in South London, UK.
How did you get into shooting photography?
My parents are both artistic so they always made sure to take me to galleries and shows etc. I’ve always had a big interest in taking photos, and my parents used to buy me disposable film cameras when I was little. As I got older they used to let me use their point-and-shoot cameras. I then started to take analogue photography classes at 15, and have been taking it seriously ever since.
How long have you been doing it for?
Since I was about 15/16, so 5/6 years.
I’ve noticed a lot of your work is POC, why do you feel like that message is important to display?
Of course! My dad is African American and my mum is German. That, in combination with growing up in London, I’ve always been surrounded by loads of cultures. I have friends from all over, and it’s always been that way. I feel as though everyone needs to be represented and one of the main reasons that I shoot a lot of naked women is because I think that more women need to create the images that they want to be represented by.
What do you want people to feel when they look at your artwork?
The main reason behind me taking photographs instead of painting/drawing etc. is because, in that moment where it’s just me and my model in their house (or wherever we may be), I’m seeing a moment that no one will see the way that I’ve seen it. Usually I work alone, so it’s just me and my model talking and hanging out. Taking a photo is my way of trying to show people those moments as accurately as I can.
So in some ways, I guess I want people to feel what I felt taking the photo. And unfortunately that’s a feeling I’m not sure I know how to describe because it varies constantly.
What advice would you give younger photographers/artists to encourage them to keep going?
I think that we live in a very self-critical generation. Although it’s good to want to improve, you shouldn’t beat yourself up for not being the artist you want to be from the get go. Cheesy as it may sound, it’s a journey. I’m only 20 years old, and although I’ve done a lot, I’m nowhere near where I want to be; and I’m okay with that because I know I’ll get there with time.
Also speak to people and ask for the opinions of others. Don’t be shy to ask for help. I have a lot of kids send me Instagram messages asking questions like this and I find it really admirable of them.
Where do you see your photography taking you in the long run?
I’m not entirely sure. I’d love to do some work within fashion and I might do my next project all on boys. I just put out my first book and I sold a lot of merchandise hoodies at my first solo show recently, so maybe more of that.
I would love to get published in some print magazines and maybe do some art direction. Just a bit of everything really. I mainly just want to reach a point where I’m really happy overall, that’s when I’ll really feel successful.