An Interview With: Meg Morris
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Meg Morris, I'm from Hull but a student at Sunderland University studying a combined course of Photography and Criminology. I photograph weddings, clothing lines and baby bumps commercially but I also love shooting film which is a practice I've only picked up since starting University but I quickly began to prefer it over shooting digital, especially medium format, I'd love to have my own Hasselblad.
How did you get into what you do?
I got into photography on a whim really despite my aunt being a photographer when I was younger it was never something I was interested in until I was in around year 9 or 10 at school. It came to the point where I had to start making decisions that would create the pathway to my career, started sixth form studying business, English and photography (which was basically glorified scrapbook making) but quit after a few months and ended up at Park Street, Hull College which was the best decision of my life and ended up taking me to University!
How do you work?
I work quickly, I spend a very long time planning photo-shoots but once I have my idea I want the end product right away, which is especially difficult when working with film. I don't like to alter my digital images too much in post production, I'm not very good with Photoshop and in my opinion it leaves too much room for mistake because 'you can always fix that later' when I prefer to do it all in camera. I shoot digitally with a Canon 600D, mainly using a 50mm lens but Hasselblad is my preferred medium at the moment. I love alternative print methods too like cyanotype.
How would you describe your work?
I can't describe my work really, I don't like to. Having to write research files to accompany my University work is completely pointless, I want someone to know what my images are simply by looking at the them, it sounds pretentious I'm sorry haha, but imagine if every time you looked at a series of photographs that you also had to read 30 odd pages of bullshit to 'understand' it. My style is constantly evolving as I learn so I don't have any particular thing I do every time I shoot.
What is your background?
My background is lovely, I am constantly supported by everyone that genuinely likes my work. My parents are always offering to help fund my studies but I feel bad accepting because I'm 21 years old and should be able to fund it myself! Being able to borrow equipment from college and University is a blessing, given me so many more opportunities than I would have had without an education.
Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from everywhere; I always start projects by going on Pinterest then talking my initial ideas over with friends and my University tutors. Francesca Woodman, Diane Arbus, Tracy Emin, Nick Knight and Nan Goldin stick in my mind all the time, I like either gritty real and raw or fairytale candyfloss and princess. I LOVE Haris Nukem at the moment, his style is very significant to me.
Photography because its art, and the Earth without art is just eh.
What are you goals after University?
I'd love to be self-employed and work from home, it's the lazy students dream! I just want to keep learning forever, I don't want to imagine the real world just yet!
Is there any specific equipment you use?
I always use my Canon 600D, 50mm lens and tripod for digital and Hasselblad, shutter release and tripod for film. Natural lighting all the way but I do have a cheap ring flash I bought on eBay for like £3 and I love it.
What’s the best piece of advice you could give the readers of The Pupil Sphere?
The best advice I can give anyone in regards to photography or art or anything you want to do in life is just to remember you're only human, you make mistakes and you cry (because you're allowed to). As long as you pick yourself back up by the bra straps (if you wear a bra), have a cup of tea and carry on.
All images copyright of Meg Morris