An Interview With: Tasha Ullah
Hello Tasha, thank you for appearing on The Public Sphere, lets start by finding out who are you and what do you do?
Hi! I'm a student at the University of Huddersfield currently on a placement year at a commercial studio.
How did you become interested in photography?
As a kid I always wanted to be the one taking the pictures on my mums crappy disposable camera and When I was at secondary school they started an after school photography course, I'd always been interested in the idea of becoming a photographer as I was only really good at arty things. The course was cancelled not long after it started but then I picked photography as an A-level at college I had great teachers who pushed me to better myself and realised it was something I could potentially do as a career.
What made you choose this style of work?
At the moment I'm still drifting between different styles, but I often end up back at the eerie side of things no matter what the project may be, I suppose it's just the way my mind works when I'm coming up with ideas I just go with whatever my first thoughts are and develop my ideas as I go along. I like experimenting with different media, for examples these where actually produced using a scanner rather than a camera.
Is there any photographers that inspire your work?
Martin Parr has always been one of my favorite photographers, obviously completely different style to these images but my first ever proper project at college was inspired by him and all my other documentary/street projects are inspired by his work too.
Finally do you have any advice for student of photography?
Take advantage of every opportunity, use the studios (they're expensive to hire out in the real world) and go to as many of the talks as can, even if it's not the type of work you're interested in, you never know what tips you can pick up or useful advice they can give.
All images copyright of Tasha Ullah