EXPOSURE: Grace Bristo

Second year BA Hons Photography student Grace Bristo tells us about her latest work at the start of her second year.

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After studying photography since GCSE it was only when I finished my Extended Diploma at college that I realised I did actually have a real passion for it. Now in my second year at Nottingham Trent University studying photography, I feel like I’ve been able to explore and expand my knowledge continuously while also having lots of fun with like-minded people. I have always been drawn to portraiture, black and white, fashion and editorial images. A lot of last year I focused on portraiture but it was mainly street photography, so when we got the opportunity this term to pick our own brief and go in whichever direction we wanted, I knew I wanted to explore both fashion and portraiture. Whilst also practically learning about portraiture we also had previously contextually studied portraiture. This helped me gain a real appreciation and understanding on how and where it all started.

Over summer I noticed myself becoming increasingly fond of grime photography, especially portraiture. I think it was the attitude portrayed by the models that grabbed my attention. I wanted to try and make my own images and see how I could make a visual idea in my head into a physical image/print. I had previously seen images taken of my model Kyle in the previous graduates degree show. So I mentally made a note of his name and later contacted him via social media. He kindly agreed to be my model and with him in mind, I was then able to decide on the styling and location.

I knew I wanted to go ‘grimy’ but I had never styled my own models before to such an extent that the main focus would be on their clothing so I felt a little bit of pressure. I looked for inspiration and created a mood board of particular poses and clothing that I felt was fitting. Kyle himself is very fashionable and was also able to guide me. This experience taught me a lot; it allowed me to develop my ways of engaging with my models and making them feel comfortable. It also allowed me to experiment with styling I would not normally lean towards and different types of camera equipment. Even though I will not be continuing with portraiture and fashion in this brief as I want to explore and branch out into something I’m not as comfortable with, I am pleased with this series of images. And that’s why I love photography, because you’re always learning and surprising yourself.

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By Grace Bristo

BA Hons Photography

Model: https: //www.instagram.com/kenshin_kyle/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gracebristo/

Website: http://www.gracebristophotography.co.uk