An Interview With: Tom Duffield

Who are you and what do you do? 

Hello! I am a 19 y/o photography student and enthusiast in my second year of study at Huddersfield. Most of my time is devoted to Photography and Travel, the remaining time usually involves finding ways to fund the two.

How did you get into what you do?

I was very into BMX in my early teens and I was fortunate enough to get featured in ‘DIG BMX’ magazine, this involved a photographer coming to take some shots of me on my bike. The experience of this opened my eyes to what goes behind making the images that I viewed every month in that magazine thus sparking an interest in photography that has only grown since.

How do you work?

I look for interesting subjects and light, whether that be involving landscapes or people.

How would you describe your work?

I tend to drift through different genres which I hope I can hone down in the coming years to find something I can really give my undivided attention too. I Have a strong interest in people, human nature and travel, I feel very much like a spectator when I am behind the camera.

What is your background?

I come from a farming background in Leeds(I suppose I broke the tradition with my choice to pursue photography) regardless of this I have been raised in a creative environment that I owe my interest in photography too.

Where does your inspiration come from?

I draw inspiration from a variety of practitioners, whether it be simply visual or conceptual. There is such a vast amount of great work out there, which is definitely inspirational but also shit scary at the same time.

Why photography?

I have a intense interest in the world and a passion for life, In a way I want to collect and document what is in front of me. Photography felt like a suitable tool to do so,  hopefully projecting some of these emotions through images.

What are you goals after University?

I career in photography is what I strive for regardless of the income (providing I won’t have to sell a kidney to pay the bills) above all else I hope that I can do something worthwhile with my time and ultimately enjoy myself.

Is there any specific equipment you use?

I keep it pretty simple with a Canon 6D and just two lenses, the 50mm being a favorite. I have been becoming more familiar with portable lighting and have enjoyed some of the results achieved when using those.

Whats the best piece of advice you could give the readers of The Pupil Sphere?

Don’t be afraid to try something new or make mistakes, always give consideration to criticism and above all just keep producing work and learning as you go.

All images copyright of Tom Duffield

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