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say hello to: jessica sherriff

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

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Jessica Sherriff is an 18 year old  photography student  from Wigan, Manchester England and also my talented sister! Please read an interview with her below to find out more of her story.

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How did you get to the stage you are at now?

I’m currently studying a national diploma at Wigan and Leigh college in photography. I started my photography interest just by taking snap shots of me and my friends, when we went out and about. I took my little compact camera to school (i went against the rules!) everyday snapping the funny moments. Id say it was about 4 year ago when i realised that i wanted to become a photographer. When applying for college i was a bit unsure what course to apply for as a part of me wanted to do fashion, but as i walked into the photography studio for my interview i instantly felt at home.

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Biggest Achievement so far?

I’d say my biggest achievement so far is getting a place at Blackpool University. Ive always taken my education serious and appreciated it, yes this does make me sound like a geek! I’m always willing to work and start new projects and take on new challenges. Attending university is a new exciting challenge that I cant wait for.

Outside of my studies, my biggest achievement is winning the ‘peoples choice’ award at the Wigan Photographic Exhibition. It felt great winning this as it is voted for by the public.

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Jessica also does band promotional photography

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People Choice - winning image

Favourite camera / equipment?

Ive recently discovery the world of Lomography! (Google it, if you don’t know what it is…) Since then I have got a Cosmic Symbol Lomo and a Lubitel 2! They were both bargains that should of cost hundreds. I like buying cheap expired film and taking pictures of anything different and weird!

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Advice for somebody thinking of taking up photography?

Just to be yourself and never let anyone else’s opinions bother you! As long as you can say why you took the image and why YOU like it, then that’s all that matters!  It is great to get a film camera first, as you will learn a lot about settings and techniques. It is also so exciting waiting for the film to be developed! Try and find a local photography club, you will be able to get advice from people with more experience and feedback on your work.

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the effect with the lomo camera

Aspirations?

To achieve a successful degree and then continue to develop my own style within the field.

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Best resource?

http://www.flickr.com/ - there are so many amazing images from all round the world from so many different types of people!

Shutter Nutters is an online photographers community where you can get advice, show your work and get to know people who also share your love of photographs!

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Jessica working on a hair styling shoot

Favourite photographer?

Duane Michals, hes my favourite photographer as his images are so simple and gentle while looking bold and strong! He photographs the most extraordinary subjects!

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taking inspiration from her favourite photographer

Process of idea to developed photo?

 I hate to plan my subject; spontaneity is best! Such as a great expression which is accidentally captured. Although, I need to be inspired before hand with a new technique for example. I love creating sketchbooks and journals of my ideas and research into other photographers.

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take a closer look into Jessica's sketchbooks

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I never alter the images too much; I like them to be ‘real’. At a push I will brighten and alter the contrast. This is probably why I like to use film – it gives a more authentic result.

Where can someone find out more about you?
I hopefully will be creating my own photography website in the summer (fingers crossed) but here is my flickr photostream!

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ALL IMAGES BY JESSICA SHERRIFF

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