An Interview With: Izzy Trott

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Izzy and I am an undergraduate at the University of Manchester & currently based in Manchester.

How did you get into what you do?

I’ve always loved the creative elements and the versatility of the visual image, but my association with photography didn’t start until I studied it at college and really found my feet with the art and began to develop my own style; which I felt so free in expressing. I really love, not only the visual beauty and compositions which an image can hold, but the many contexts, meanings and even emotions a photograph can convey.

How do you work?

I like to explore - my work isn’t too technical due to the subject matter, I like to walk and shoot anything or anyone that seems interesting, going out with a camera is great because I can suddenly see all these things which I would never normally notice going about my day. Sometimes I take a satirical or ironic look at the world, other times my work just picks out little moments that we might miss. Sometimes I am lucky and stumble across an interesting event, or protest or parade going on in the city.. Other times it helps to plan.

How would you describe your work?

I mostly photograph people on the streets, documenting lives, people and tones which characterise places and events. I also love photographing architecture and the shapes and forms of the buildings we reside in and swarm around everyday. I look at the banal and the ordinary, and often the mundane and urban decay of areas.  

What is your background?

I did photography at A Level but I am currently in my second year of University studying for a BA (Hons) in American Studies. I plan to do a photography course after I graduate, as well as some work experience in this area.

Where does your inspiration come from?

I lot of my inspiration came from fellow students and my college teachers especially! But the photographers who continue to inspire me are notably Robert Frank, Martin Parr, Joel Meyerowitz, to name a few…

Why photography?

I love the power and versatility of the photograph, how a camera can enable you to literally compose art from reality, waether to create meaning, evoke emotion and feeling, or simply to create a beautiful thing. Photographs can really bring us closer to the beauty in the ‘normal’ which surrounds us, it’s really just about looking at things in a new way; infinite ways.

What are your goals after University?

I want to get some more work experience in photography and the creative industry, it might be a long process but I hope to eventually work doing something I love, be it photography or something otherwise related.

Is there any specific equipment you use?

I currently use a fujifilm xe-2 for my digital work, and an old Olympus OM10 and the Contax G1 (which I love).

What’s the best piece of advice you could give the readers of The Pupil Sphere?

Take & make opportunities I guess- get inspired, from other artists and your own experiences and your own world. Get your work out there and don’t be afraid to ask, pester and persist companies and platforms.


All images copyright of Izzy Trott


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