Nomadic lifestyles and GIFs under the female gaze: Photography and Commercial Photography’s Class of 2022 Ones to Watch
Our dynamic photography degrees, BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Commercial Photography, offer students the opportunity to learn the many types of image making to develop them into industry ready photographers.
Featured in the likes of Creative Boom and The Mirror, these graduate photographers are ones to keep your eyes on as they progress into the photographic industry.
Featured by Creative Boom in their Class of 2022 guide to the UK's graduate shows, Ashleigh Pay is the founder of Ashleigh Pay Studios and is a still life photographer based in Plymouth.
With a bold, crisp and colourful style, Ashleigh’s work combines still and moving images to excellent effect, particularly in her commercial gifs. With a love and an in-depth technical understanding of her medium, Ashleigh prides herself on her careful consideration for styling and lighting, making her subjects look vibrant and fresh.
Ashleigh has worked with food as a subject matter throughout her degree, with her final major project focusing on how food is presented in mainstream media. In particular, she looked at what is considered healthy food and shot images in a way to represent the female gaze.
In addition to her work with still life, Ashleigh also acts as a nightlife photographer at Fever and Popworld Plymouth.
Harry McCallum is a contemporary documentary and portrait photographer engaging with notions of identity, sexuality, interactions with domestic space and socio-political relationships. He is passionate about creating provocative projects that encourage the viewer to consider alternative perspectives.
Harry’s most recent project, 'We, The Queer' examines the LGBTQ+ community within the South West of England, documenting individuals within their immediate domestic settings. The work focuses on themes of queer loneliness and seeks to address broader aspects such as the lack of mental health funding and safe spaces. Alongside the portraits are short statements handwritten by the model, giving insight into their experience and stories. The work acts as both a challenge and a provocation when considering notions of difference.
The work was not only exhibited but was also made as a publication that gathers these images and finds connections between each individual, tying them together as a testament to queer lives in the South West.
Maia Cazzani is a concept-driven fashion photographer, committed to redefining the art of fashion photography. Her enthusiasm lies in the visual and emotional impact of light and form, leading to great consideration and appreciation for how lighting sculpts the subject and the garments.
“To me, fashion photography is not solely about the clothes: it is an opportunity to tell a story, to celebrate beauty, to create an emotional connection with the viewer - regardless of their interest in fashion - and light is the invisible medium through which I have chosen to visually express these emotions. I truly value my position as an artist and aspire to make people ‘feel’ something, to arouse an emotional response.”
Using cinematic and stylised imagery, Maia pushes the boundaries of commercial photography, aiming to maintain a pure aesthetic.
Featured in The Mirror and Creative Boom, Daniel Dayment is a British documentary photographer from the South West working on long-term projects across the UK.
Daniel’s work captures meditative states and moments of silence in the landscape, while also focusing his practice on the lives of people that live connected to the land. Through immersion and experiences, he photographs the intertwining relationship of humanity and nature.
Working on a number of long-term projects, Daniel’s grounding body of work, Natural Progress, explores individuals across the UK that have decided to live outside of bricks and mortar and in dwellings that have a much smaller ecological and financial footprint.
Since graduating, Daniel sees his lifestyle as his career and has started documenting his nomadic lifestyle on his YouTube channel, Life Is A Project, while continuing to work on his ongoing project, Natural Progress.