I am a documentary and lifestyle photographer based in the North East of England. I’ve always loved to tell stories with my creations and photography as I find an element of escapism and release within it. I’m now growing an interest within the area of photojournalism, involving travel and storytelling, I have an absorption for research and information about culture, animals, and nature. Rural places interest me the most, and I’m keen to go onto exploring some hidden places within our beautiful planet.
Sustainability is doubtless the only way we can survive. We are the most intelligent species, that we know of, that has ever inhabited this planet. Yet we are the most destructive, greedy and self-absorbed species too. This is our major downfall, and this self-centredness leads us to not think about what consequences can come from our actions.
Recently, I read an article about one of the oldest living species that live on Earth. The Coelacanth fish has inhabited the deepest, darkest parts of our oceans for over 400 million years, it has been around since before the rise of the dinosaurs.
Deep-sea fishermen rarely catch Coelacanth, and when they do it’s accidental as they are not edible to you or I. However, some have recently been caught accidentally post-mortem, the cause of death being starvation from plastic filling up their stomachs.
A lot of inspiration comes to me from nature, and from within through perspective and self-reflection. It is easy to focus on just the good things or the bad things. However, not a lot comes from dwelling on one emotion. Intrigue ignites inspiration for me, and a lot of the time it is a spontaneous observation, thought, feeling or realisation. Within my documentary work, I like to capture these emotions through the eyes of others and capture their stories/relationships/passions/pains.
With my landscape work, I adore showing people how I see what is around me, as we all have a unique eye. Portraiture allows me to capture an idea or a person in a way that is both passive and intense. I love that photography allows me to be so versatile and expressive.
Ambition is a strange thing to me. There is so much in this world and so many things to dream about. Sometimes ambition can blind people to the beauty of what is in front of them.
It can also make achievements feel insignificant or small because there’s always another thing to move onto. I think it is important to recognise achievements, and never down-play them to ourselves.
You can see more of Amy's work on her website.