An Interview With: Aimee Newmarch
Who are you and what do you do?
Hello. I’m Aimee; a student at the Leeds College of Art and Design, currently in my final year of BA (Hons) Photography.
How did you get into what you do?
I’ve always been the shy girl, and for me there’s no better way to express myself than through artistic practice. My interest in art began with drawing; I’m still filling sketchbooks nowadays to unwind. Strange that I hadn’t considered photography until deciding upon my a-levels, aged 15. After touring my soon to be college, I couldn’t help but feel that the photography course was much more “me” than the counter visual art courses at the time. With my birthday came a new DSLR from my parents which I still keep close to hand.
How do you work?
Honestly, I’m pretty indifferent when it comes to making work. Shooting landscapes, and the occasional portrait on location, inevitably leads to spontaneity. Being reliant on natural light leaves me free to experiment with my camera settings as required, though I tend to favour a lower aperture for a softer look and lighter outcome.
How would you describe your work?
At the moment, I’m really enjoying exploring the landscape genre and all it has to offer. For me I’ve always enjoyed working with natural light and feel that my work currently depicts the softer, neutral tones that can be achieved when working within a natural environment. Light, subtleness and minimalism is what I strive to achieve within my work; I can only hope for others to enjoy it as much as I do.
What is your background?
My parents brought me up to respect the natural world and to truly enjoy the beauty in landscape. Family holidays always led to the green of the UK countryside as opposed to the usual sandy beaches, and I couldn’t be anymore grateful for that. I left college in 2013 to pursue a photography course at Leeds College of Art and Design, and I guess I can say that that’s partially thanks to my creative upbringing.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Anywhere and everywhere. I think once you’ve delved into the photographic world, you can’t help but begin to view your surroundings in Rules of Thirds. Though if we were to discuss this beyond the offline world, I’d say Instagram and cargocollective have always been great sources of inspiration for me. I guess social media can be frowned upon within the working industry, given that it’s available to those outside of the artistic community, but it’s enabled me to find wonderful photographers working within my preferred field.
It’s a great source of artistic expression; it exists in many forms; and though anyone can press a button on a camera, it’s all about making an image your own. Projecting your thoughts and experiences onto work for others to hopefully enjoy is extremely rewarding.
What are you goals after University?
I’m still unsure of where I’m heading, and it can be often overwhelming. Currently, I’m just trying to get my work noticed. Ideally I’d love to be shooting landscapes on commission for various brands / magazines, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.
Is there any specific equipment you use?
I’m still often using my trusty old Canon 450D with a 50mm prime or standard kit lens. For me, it’s not so much about the equipment as it is the outcome, and there's just something sentimental about continuing to use my first DSLR. I feel this in some ways encompasses a sense of nostalgia within my images, and slows the image-making process down a little.
Whats the best piece of advice you could give the readers of The Pupil Sphere?
I’ve come to learn that whilst you’re not going to like every piece you produce, someone else undoubtably will. Don’t allow your studies to diminish your enjoyment of creating work. Take photographs for sheer enjoyment, and remember that with time comes improvement. You’ll find and continue to perfect your personal style as you progress, so hang in there. Creativity is not worth quitting.
All images copyright of Aimee Newmarch