There’s no question that starting out in photography can be tough. From learning to navigate the industry to building a client base and sometimes even having to find your feetin a new city. For our next talk we host two photographers in the early stages of their careers. Both recent graduates of The University of West England, Alex Ingram and Ameena Rojee are already receiving well-warranted praise for their work which they will be sharing along with personal experiences of starting out in our industry.
Alex Ingram is a freelance photographer currently living and working in London, and a recent graduate of Bristol UWE. Since moving to London in November, Alex has worked for a variety of clients including Magnum Photos, The BJP, VICE, The Brit Academy, Air BnB, The TrainLine, Battersea Power Station & Ministry of Sound. His work has been exhibited at numerous locations across the UK, and earlier this year, he released his second self published book, ‘David’s House’.
Alex spent his childhood growing up in the UK’s smallest city, St Davids, situated on the most South Westerly tip of Wales and with a population of just 1891. Growing up in such a remote location shaped him into the person he is today, but whilst at University, Alex felt himself becoming more and more distant with the place that for many years he called home. Alex will be speaking about his project, ‘David’s House’, which explores his relationship with St David’s and his understanding of home, as well as the obstacles that come with self funding and publishing your work.
Ameena Rojee is a London-based artist and graduate of the University of the West of England, currently working for a photographic publication. She says "I am greatly intrigued by people, culture and the land that we live on, because I come from a very mixed background - half-Spanish and half-Mauritian, and I was born in and grew up in South London! Because of this I experienced an incredible amalgamation of cultures and worlds as a child, and still now as an adult. It greatly influences me and my work today.
My style is an engaged one; as a photographer I participate as well as observe, and I love to take part in new experiences and get fully involved. In addition to my work being very much a mixed bag (a bit of documentary, a bit of conceptual, a bit of portraiture…) I also like to dip into the writing and curating side of things. I run of the land & us, an online magazine sharing work from the new, the established and the up-and-coming on the land and the people that live on it.“