Emerge Spotlight: Kezia White

Photo by Kezia White
Photo by Kezia White

NTU’s 20th annual photo festival Emerge kicks off next month, and Platform’s Photo Editor Callum Baigrie is following the build up to what is turning out to be one of the biggest and best shows yet. Read more about the festival here.

On the run up to the festival, Platform are speaking to some of the photographers exhibiting. We’ll be finding out who is inspiring them, what their projects are about, and what they plan to do after the festival closes. This week we start with Kezia White, who is combining photography and graphic design in a series of portraits.

What is your degree show project about?

“What if everything you see is more than what you see?” – Shigeru Miyamoto.

Xy explore the notion of identity and individual, where no two people are alike yet can appear the same. Xy also looks at how we present ourselves to the viewer, how we create layers and facades to protect our insecurities and weaknesses.

No two people are alike yet can appear the same.

Which photographers/artists are inspiring this body of work?

The work of Oleg Dou, Jah gray, Angelica Dass and Tomas Ruff has all influenced my work in some way. Each artist has given me a tiny piece of inspiration, an insight into a technique or a way of thinking that has helped my work develop into what it is today.

Photo by Kezia White
Photo by Kezia White

What do you plan on doing after you graduate?

My current plan is to do an MA either in Graphic Design or Commercial Photography, or a series of paid internships that would allow me to develop further as an artist and as a business focused freelancer.


Kezia will be exhibiting at P. Spowage Gallery, on Byard Lane. Check out more of Kezia’s work on the Emerge website here.