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I’ve probably followed Alanis on twitter for just over a month; I love that she’s alternative and not scared to be herself. This week I was scrolling down the TL and I saw some sick photos that she’d posted. The whole concept behind the photos and the quality of them were amazing. So why not share with the world this gals talent. I caught up with Alanis, check out what she had to say.
Hunger Strike – photos by Alanis Bennett
Name: Alanis-Emily Bennett
City: Swansea, Wales
Tell us a bit about yourself?
“I’m 19, I grew up in Swansea, South Wales and I’m vegan. Aside from taking photos my main hobby is probably going to gigs. I travel to Cardiff a lot due to Swansea not really having a music scene anymore which is sad. When I was younger, from age 9 to probably about 15, I used to be a member of Swansea Harries which is Swansea’s athletic team. As I got older I realised it just wasn’t for me but I do miss the fun times I had there like travelling around the country to compete and all the friends I made along the way. I’m hoping to attend either Cardiff or Bristol Uni this September to study photography so fingers crossed!”
Have you always been creative?
“Not at all. When I was in school I really wasn’t interested. It took until I was 16 and deciding what to do with my life when I decided to buy a camera. I’ve always really appreciated art and fashion but I always thought I wasn’t good enough to contribute any art myself. Until I started shooting gigs I had no idea what my future had in store because I never really had any life goals.”
How did you get into photography?
“A girl that I was once friends with for some time was a music photographer so she was definitely a huge influence. Seeing how involved in the music scene you can get just by photographing gigs was amazing to me. My parents bought me my first camera, a Nikon D3300, for my 16th birthday then after realising I didn’t really understand photography at all I enrolled to study it in college for 2 years. College wasn’t the best of experiences for me but the course it’s self exposed me to the more artistic side to photography and made me fall even more in love with it.”
What’s your niche/specialty in photography?
“Gig photography is definitely my thing. I enjoy more artsy stuff but there’s nothing like the emotion you can capture in a single shot with music photography. If there was only one style I could do for the rest of my life it would be that.”
Where would you say your inspiration comes from?
“My love for music photography definitely comes from how much hardcore music influences my life, from the way I dress to the friends that I have to my political views and even what food I choose and choose not to eat. It’s a huge part of my life.”
Do you have a favourite photographer or artist?
“At the moment, one of my favourite photographers is Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert, his take on gender identity is so powerful. “
What advice would you give to aspiring photographers?
“Do not be afraid of your camera! If something’s going wrong don’t walk away from it despite how frustrating it is. Don’t be afraid to just throw yourself out there, being out of your comfort zone can give you the most interesting results. You don’t need college or university to be a skilled photographer, you just need confidence! You also don’t need the most expensive or even a brand new camera to start off with, everyone starts somewhere.”
To see more of Alanis’ amazing photos, check out her Flickr below: