Interview: Georgia Dawson
Georgia Dawson is an aspiring photographer. Her dream is to have a wonderful photography job, where she can use endless cameras. I was lucky enough to have an interview with Georgia, to see what she has been up to.
Hello Georgia! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?
Hi Rhiannon! You're very welcome, thank you for having me! I'm okay thank you.
I adore your work. What inspired you to start taking photographs?
I've always loved taking photographs but I started taking it more seriously in year 11, when I intertwined photography into my art GCSE. It just kind of came naturally and I found it to be the best creative outlet for me.
Have you always been into photography?
I have loved taking photographs for as long as I can remember. When I was a child I used to take photos on family holidays, but at the time I didn't really think anything of it! I have always been into art and design, and the love of photography has kind of stemmed from there.
How has your creative process changed since the start?
I feel that university has really helped me in terms of developing my creative process. I used to just take pictures that I felt looked good, however now I know how to take the best photographs I can possibly take. Before I take any photograph, I always bear in mind the composition and lighting. I then go on to edit the photograph in Light room if it needs correcting.
What equipment do you use for your work?
I use a Canon 700d - I got it for my 18th birthday. I use the kit lens but I also own a Canon 55-250mm f4-5.6 lens, which is more of a zoom lens. I also have a Metz flashgun.
What equipment could you not live without?
Aside from my camera, which I couldn't live without, I also couldn't live without my flashgun. I only bought the flashgun last November, but I'm obsessed! It makes such a difference in the appearance of my photographs. It's amazing.
What equipment would you recommend for someone who wants to get into photography?
If you're wanting to get into photography, I would recommend investing in a DSLR. You can get some cheaper ones that are good for beginners. Also, some places offer trade ins, so they would buy your current camera off you and therefore give you money off a new one. This is a good way to upgrade and save money. In terms of lenses, I would recommend sticking with the kit lens until you figure out what sort of photography you'd like to specialise in, then take it from there.
Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?
So many people use social media, whether that be Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat - therefore, I decided to promote myself on social media so as many people as possible would see my work. I created myself a Facebook page initially to act as an online portfolio. I also upload some of my work onto Instagram - this app is great for promoting photography!
Who inspires your work?
I admire the work of so many photographers - Britta Jaschinski, Tim Hetherington, Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Eggleston, Annie Leibovitz, Martin Parr, Gregory Crewdson, Vivian Maier. They are all incredible.
Why is photography important?
Photography has so many purposes. It can entertain, inform, document, narrate, represent and advertise. I can't imagine a world without photography because it is everywhere we look! In newspapers, magazines, books, billboards, packaging, adverts, greeting cards - photography is everywhere. It's so powerful and is a great way of communicating messages without text!
Do you have any favourite pieces of photography that you adore at the moment?
I adore the work of Vivian Maier. Her street photography collection is amazing. I'd love to take photographs like her! They seem so effortless yet so powerful.
What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Facebook page?
I'm now entering my third and final year of my degree so I'm hopefully going to be creating the best photographs I possibly can! I will continue to upload work regularly onto my page, and fingers crossed, it'll be the best work yet.
Do you have any career plans?
I've always loved photojournalism and documentary photography. I would love to be a photographer for a magazine or newspaper. I really like the idea of being a photographer for an independent magazine. I think that'd be amazing!
Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to set up their own Facebook page?
If you're looking to set up your own Facebook page, I would definitely say invite your friends to like it. It's so easy to do and instantly increases the audience your work will go out to. I would also say update your page regularly - try not to go months without uploading anything! Keep your page up to date with new, exciting things. You can also pay Facebook to promote your page, however I have not done this myself. It's worth looking into though!
Do you have any advice for photographers?
Get yourself out there! Volunteer, push yourself forwards. A lot of the time, unless you are well known, clients are not going to come to you. Instead, offer your services and they'd probably be pleased to have the offer. This will help your name get out there and will also help you build up a good, solid portfolio of work.
What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?
I thought for quite a long time about this question! I think it is simply, "try your best". Put your all into what you do, and you will create some pretty awesome work.
Please make sure to check out this lovely lady on Facebook and her website http://gdawsonphotos.wix.com/home. Georgia is always posting wonderful ideas and photography.