Wednesday 28 June 2017


Reader Ellie loves photography - and hopes to use it in her career one day!

Ellie says:
It was the beauty of photography that first drew me in - the idea that I could create a unique image at the click of a button just fascinated me. About a year and a half ago, I started becoming more interested in photography when i had to collect my own primary images for an art project. I remember my friend and I giggling as she was trying to keep a straight face for a photo - I greatly enjoy drawing portraiture. I was really pleased with the outcome of the photos. For another project, I was exploring the theme of emotions therefore I decided to be artistic and experiment with different medias for effect. For example, I used my friend Niamh as a model to paint rainbow tears on her face to express emotion in a unique and more powerful manner. I then used my friend Jake to create a 'beaten up' look using make up and fake blood! This created an intense and hard-hitting edge to the photos. To me, photography can be exciting yet personal, and it's fun to play around and put your own twist on ideas to make them individual.

Over time, I have found that there are two distinct areas of photography that I adore - nature and controversy! Firstly, I love being able to capture the wonders of nature in a photograph and I especially love experimenting with the effects of sunlight. Secondly, I have a keen passion for controversial issues because they go against the norm, so for example I used a male as opposed to a female for the abused look because it highlights that men can be victims of domestic violence as well as women.

In the future I aspire to be a sociological journalist, therefore I plan to use photography within that. I have always stood by the idea that you should love what you do, combining my hobby with my career would be ideal to me! I bought my first digital SLR Canon 350D camera (I had been using my phone previously) and I love practicing with it and looking at how light and colour can create different looks and images!

All photos by Ellie... how cool?!!

Cathy says: I love taking photos too... and once learned (and taught) black and white photographic printing, which was very cool! Good luck Ellie - I love your plan of using photography as a part of your journalistic career! Do YOU have a dream career? COMMENT BELOW to tell us more!

1 comment:

  1. my dream career is either photography or journalism, but i want to be an author eventually, if i ever get rid of this stupid writer's block...



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