Photography Student of the Month – September 2014 – Rose Atkinson

Photography Student of the Month September 2014 – Rose Atkinson

It’s time for another edition of Photography Student of The Month. Each month we pick a student who we feel has outdone themselves and really shown their love of the art of photography. The Student of the Month also receives a £50 gift voucher that can be redeemed against any of our courses.

This month it’s Rose Atkinson! We sat down and asked her to tell us her story:

“Daddy made me the toy camera because I wanted to be just like him. Both my parents had SLRs so taking photographs was a part of my childhood.

Aged 3

Aged 3

My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic and for a long time I was only allowed to use black & white film as colour was ‘far too expensive to waste on a child’ ! Since then, I’ve never been without a camera so I’ve been taking photographs for a very long time, but I have only recently started thinking of myself as a photographer.

Swish

Swish

As a child I was sometimes chastised for ‘wasting film’ on images which fascinated me but which others didn’t see the point of. Converting to digital was a watershed. Not only could I finally indulge myself but every image I took became a learning experience as I was able to review and adjust my camera settings to improve the result. I spent 30 minutes taking repeated shots (missing several trains in the process) before I achieved what I wanted with this image of commuters on Charing Cross station, which was taken blind with the camera resting on a ledge and the shutter set on self timer…

A moment of calm

A moment of calm

In 2006 I started a photo-a-day project and kept it up for over 3 years. It was this, more than anything that has helped develop my skills and my confidence as a photographer. I learned to see images everywhere and my PAD project gave me even more scope to experiment with new perspectives.