What is it with photographers and abandoned buildings? Especially those which have had their walls covered in graffiti? Leah is a fellow Australian and she aspires to be a professional photographer one day so I thought I would feature her, who knows it might help her out a little.
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Leah Dee. I’m 22 years old & I’m from Sydney, Australia. I’ve just graduated university with a degree in business & commerce & I’m ready for the next chapter in my life.
What made you get into photography?
I’ve always really loved photography but I never really made it a hobby; I always just admired & looked from a distance. However, in 2010 I decided to pick up my basic digital camera & just started shooting everything & anything. I like to say it was due to the stress of university & my need to take a break from studying but I was probably just procrastinating. But, I don’t regret it.
How did you get started?
During my last year of university, I just decided to start photographing everything. I still don’t know whether it was due to procrastination, boredom or whether I felt lost & confused since another chapter of my life was ending. I had never studied arts or photography so everything was very new to me so during this time, I was experimenting & looking at blogs & flickr for inspiration to improve.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I currently shoot urban decay, so lots of abandoned places and graffiti, as well as contrasting it with some macro shots of nature. I definitely do not want to stop here either. I want to keep expanding, learning more techniques & shooting different things. For now though, this is keeping me happy.
What gear are you using?
I shoot with various artillery, both digital & film. I use three digital; a fujifilm finepix S5700, a Canon IXUS 1000HS and a Sony Cybershot DSC-T70 and four film cameras; a vintage 1970’s Minolta camera, a Holga 120 CFN camera, a Konica C35 EFP and a Canon EOS 3000-N camera.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
Since, I only use compact or point & shoot cameras, I don’t have any lens. I did just purchase a canon EOS 3000-N camera which came with a basic lens.
How are you marketing yourself?
I market myself through social media. I use tumblr, facebook, flickr & I have created my own website now. It’s been a great way to meet lots of great people and hear opinions on my work.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
This is always difficult but I really like these two photographs. I don’t really know why but I just have a love for them.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
While I am certainly no pro (I find it weird enough saying I’m a photographer) I recommended that any new photographers should just photograph anything & everything, as well as trying new things, with their cameras & surroundings. Listen to your critics & remain positive about passion for photography. Everyone has a different view on what beauty and art is, so shoot things that you think are beautiful and maybe you might be able to show others the beauty that you see in things.