An Interview with #PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine
#PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine (@hashtagphotographymagazine) is an online photography magazine curated by Genea Bailey and Daisy Ware-Jarrett. Read or buy the magazine.
Interviewer Alexi Ueltzen (@alexi) is Ello’s Community Evangelist. If she’s not at the office, she’s probably swimming, getting muddy with her dogs or baking cookies. Seriously. The best cookies.
Tell us a little about how #PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine came to be?
#PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine is a platform created back in 2012. We came up with the idea during our second year studying photography at Coventry University as a way to focus on imagery not only as photographers but curators and editors too. We were coming into our own strides as photographers and wanted a home to showcase our work and the work of our talented peers - but felt our work was getting lost in our portfolios.
It can be a struggle getting noticed as an aspiring artist and it is our aim to give photographers like ourselves a spotlight to showcase work they've put a lot of effort into. From our very first issue we've been honoured to receive submissions of all styles from from across the world.
What is your aesthetic and/or focus?
Well there isn't a specific aesthetic we have locked down which keeps the team open to all styles/genres of image making. Our focus is simple, shining a light on a variety photographers of all experiences and walks of life.
What is your goal for each issue - a message, or inspiration, or knowledge…?
It's all about providing a platform of inspiration and knowledge for our audience. Our current issue taught us a lot about communities affected by Brexit and issues surrounding migration into Europe. It's a great feeling to get emails from our readers saying that we've introduced them to a new photographer they love or inspired them to shoot something new.
How do you see photography evolving, digital or otherwise?
Photographers are constantly pushing boundaries and progressing the practice. The quality of mobile cameras has improved so much over the past decade, meaning photographers are shooting more often and you don't have to buy an expensive camera to practice what you love. We've also been noticing a lot new generation photographers switch back to film and keep traditional processing methods alive. #FilmIsNotDead
What are your thoughts on social media, and how it helps or hurts photographers today? Specifically, can you share some thoughts on Ello?
Social media is such an important asset for all artists, we try to keep active on all our our platforms. A website can often go unnoticed but social media platforms are constant flow of creativity - posts are reached by a vast audience which increases opportunities and collaborations. Ello is a great platform for creatives to share their talents with like-minded people, we follow the curated categories, they act as a live moodboard and that's a great source of inspiration.
Who are some of your favorite artists on Ello?
We're following Elinleticia Högabo and Carsten Gregor, really enjoying the work they're both producing.
What advice do you have for beginner photographers?
Know your photographers, know your publications. Do your research, connect with photographers you like and turn your social media feeds into a stream of inspiration. Take as many photos as possible and ask your friends for creative feedback.
Who are some of your favorite photographers changing the game right now?
We've really gotta shout out all of our cover artists, they're incredible artists creating stunning work. Aside from that, Juno Calyspo is making some waves right now, we were lucky enough to feature her self-portrait series Joyce in a past issue and also spotted her work in British Journal of Photography and Tate Modern. Featured artists Emma Hartvig who shoots strangely enticing cinematic stills and Luca Tombolini's mesmerising minimal landscapes are also a personal favourite. Of course there are plenty of photographers making a splash right now though!