Interview: Georgia Preece

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Georgia Preece is an aspiring photographer. Her dream is to have a wonderful photography job, alongside designing. I was lucky enough to have an interview with Georgia, to see what she has been up to and her career plans.

Hello Georgia! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?

I’m good thank you, I’m currently enjoying a lovely summer at home with my family!

I adore your work. What inspired you to start taking photographs?

I’ve always been an artist before a photographer. However, it got to a stage where my concepts were limited by my artistic ability. I had ideas that I needed to communicate, but I needed a new medium to express them through. I paint a lot and I love to write poetry and stories, but when I approach a new idea, I think about which medium will be best to express it through, and more often than not, I find myself drawn back to my camera.

Have you always been into photography?

Not at all, I was always interested in art but photography never appealed to me until I actually tried it, and now I’m hooked!

How has your creative process changed since the start?

When I first started out, I was more than happy to just take hundreds of photographs in a single shoot, and then spend hours sorting through them to find the one which I thought was the best and then just use that. Whereas now I think about what I want first, I am very concerned with both the conceptual and the post production areas of the shoot.

What equipment do you use for your work?

When I’m at university I am very lucky to have access to some wonderful equipment, and I always opt to work with a Cannon 5D Mk ii and a 50mm lens, when I am at home however I use my own camera which is a Canon EOS 1000D.

What equipment could you not live without?

My Canon 1000D, it’s a bit basic and I know I need to save up for something industry standard, but it was my first DSLR, and it has been with me through everything.

What equipment would you recommend for someone who wants to get into photography?

I recommend not spending too much, go for a basic DSLR like the 1000D. When you start off learning photography I think it is so important to understand how to use your equipment, and your ideas are so much more important than the quality of your camera! If you have a good eye and strong ideas then your photos will be amazing regardless of what you shoot on. Don’t be fooled into being lazy and relying on a good quality camera for good images.

Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?

Social media is both amazing and detrimental to photography, because it makes it so much easier to share your images with people all over the world, but it also is so hard to get noticed in the crowd. Instagram has been so great for me. I have some really lovely followers who always interact with my work! Because there are no creator-consumer boundaries everybody seems more open to communicate and this is such a blessing!

Who inspires your work?

My family, I honestly couldn’t do this without them. My grandad was an amazing artist, and he taught me so much, he really gave me my passion for art. My nana has always believed in me, and my parents have given me such great support!

Why is photography important?

I really struggle to put this to words, there are a few quotes that I often turn to if I’m struggling with motivation and need a reminder of why my work matters. There is an Ai Weiwei quote that says “if my art has nothing to do with people’s pain and sorrow, what is ‘art’ for?” this is so important to me, a lot of my work often stems from social or environmental issues and I believe that it is a responsibility of the art world as a form of communication, to talk about these issues. On a more personal level, photography is my way of communicating and understanding, it has taught me so much about people and how to understand the world around me. Another quote that sums it up perfectly is from a book The Girl with the Glass Feet: “what other people could it realise was that photography wasn’t a job, a hobby or an obsession; it was simply as fundamental to his interpretation of the world as the effect of light diving in his retinas”

What makes a good photograph?

For me it’s all about knowing your camera! It’s easy enough to take photographs of nice things, but it’s a lot more difficult to take nice photographs. I like to see that a photographer isn’t letting the subject and the camera do all the work, and is actively engaged in the process.

Do you have any favourite pieces of photography that you adore at the moment?

I am really loving the work of Maria Svarbova especially her series Human Space! And any work included in The Dark Mountain Project, they are so inspiring!

What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Facebook page?

I’m setting up a Redbubble account as we speak to sell my design work on t-shirts and tote bags so they will be coming up very soon! I’ve also been doing a lot of research over the summer so can’t wait to get back into the studio in September!

Do you have any career plans?

I just want to continue creating! I’d love to do food photography for someone like Nigel Slater because I’m a huge fan of his work (A girl can dream!) and I’d love to do something with an environmental or social purpose.

Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to set up their own Facebook page?

Don’t let the number of likes upset you, it is so much harder to get likes on Facebook than it is followers on Instagram.

Do you have any advice for photographers?

Be open to learn. Read as much as you can, especially art history. All photography stems from art so understanding it will help make you a better photographer. Watch and listen to photographers as much as you can, YouTube is a wonderful place to find photographers, artists and film makers talking about their work so make the most of it! I love watching Brooke Shaden and any creative TED Talks for inspiration!

What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?

Practice makes perfect! My nana always used to say this to me when I was little and its stuck with me. She has taught me never to give up on what I want to achieve.

Please make sure to check out this lovely lady on Facebook and Instagram. Please follow her lovely blog ‘https://gapinthelensphotography.wordpress.com’. Georgia is constantly posting interesting articles, photography and design work.