NAME: KORRIE POWELL 

OCCUPATION: PHOTOGRAPHER

LOCATION: LONDON 

INSTAGRAM: @KORRIE.P

PORTFOLIO: https://www.nowness.com/picks/ways-of-seeing-the-deutsche-borse-photography-foundation-prize-2019

Q1: How old are you?

A1: 21 years old.

Q2: Where are you from?

A2: North London, Crouch End.

 

 

Q3: What is your creative passion?

A3: When I think about it my creative passion is always changing in some way or form, but my rule of thumb has always to been to create art which visually tells a story that people can truly connect with and explore themselves in, I start all my projects with that thought in mind.

Q4: How did you first get into it?

A4: I got into from early on, when I was a kid I was always into visual art and music, I remember spending most of my days in front of the T.V watching NME and Channel U really trying to studying the little things that made up those music videos, like the concept and camera movement choices. As I got older I started to express my creativity a bit more through like writing my own stories and creating my own like comic book characters and it just started rolling from then.

Q5: What do you enjoy most and least about your creative process?

A5: For me what I enjoy most is probably the getting to the stage where I'm editing a photo or film, It's the part of the process where I feel like I can fully experiment with my art and where you really see the story you created come together in it's own way.

Q6: What do you find most challenging when doing a paid shoot for a client?

A6: I think what I find most challenging is walking that fine line between creating a project that you like but also channelling what the client wants to create. When doing paid shoots as an artist you have to understand that it is their project as much as it is yours, but having a clear open dialogue makes this process a lot easier.

Q7: Where do you work now, and how did your creative experience help you to land that role?

A7: I'm currently a director at Black Sheep Studios, which is a production company under @bbhblacksheep. I'm a major advocate for finding different ways in the industry, I left college and went straight into work starting off interning at smaller production companies doing the typical things like running, editing and camera assisting, which taught me a lot but it wasn't until I started making my own personal projects that I saw interest from companies who wanted to speak to me. Another big factor was having mentors; they would often put my name forward to their fellow creatives and also keep me posted when opportunities that you wouldn't usually see on the Internet come about.

Q8: What motivates you as a creative?

A8: Honestly when I think about it, it's usually myself who motivates me. I don't really tend to force myself to make things anymore I like to work as naturally as I can but I'm always making sure I put my all into that project at the time. I do sometimes get motivation from when I'm having periods of what I call 'downloading' which is just me studying other forms of art and after a while of taking everything in, I like to think on how I can push my art in new ways.

Q9: Do you ever feel pressured to come up with new ideas/ styles that differ from your usual style of work, or do you prefer sticking to a niche?

A9: We live in a social media orientated society where art is so easily consumed and lost within the endlessness of social media feeds that it can cause upcoming artist to follow popular styles that easily rack in likes and comments in order to feel validation off their work. I don't ever feel the need to change my style or create new things, my ideas/style are a reflection of me and that's something I want to remain true and for me it's always about the long game.

 

 

Q10: Where do you draw inspiration for your photography?

A10: Mainly comic books and music, I don't ever look too much into other photographers, I like trying to use other mediums of art and apply them to how I take my photographs.

Q11: What is your favorite camera to shoot on?

A11: Zenit-e

Q12: What software do you use to edit?

A12: For my photographs Photoshop or Lightroom and when editing my films Premier Pro

 

Q13: What is your favorite film to shoot on for daytime & night-time setting?

A13: Kodak Portra 400 has never failed in both settings.

Q14: What do you think are the biggest challenges freelance photographers face?

A14: Probably the struggle trying to breakout as a photographer in an industry where everyone is a 'photographer'.

Q15: In the creative world we often hear the phrase 'its not what you know, but who.' Would you agree with this?

A15: Networking is important and it's a skill that really takes time to build, most people think of networking is talking to any 'creative' in the room but it's much more than that. It's about knowing who are the right type of people you want to be talking, sharing ideas and information with, you don't wanna just be in a circle of people who are doing things for the wrong reasons.

 

Q16: With that being said, how important is networking within the creative industry in order to get to where you want to be?

A16: There's a balance to it, you gotta surround yourself with good people who can help you get to places and progress further in the industry together, but good work and ethic will always come to the surface and you don't wanna be going nowhere fast, so just make sure you've got the work and skill and style to back it up.

Q17: When shooting with new people, how do you make them feel comfortable enough to get the shots you want?

A17: I get them in the creative process of the project from the start, talking to them about my approach and sending them drafts of my mood-boards and designs, it's important for me when shooting new people that they really feel apart of it, they have to know as much as I do about the shoot, without them I wouldn't get the photos I want.

 

Q18: What do you think is special about this generation of creatives?

A18: It's so easy to make cool stuff and get it shown on a world wide scale due to the advancement of tech and social media, like we're the new DIY generation we don't need to go through the traditional route, we can really pave our own way in the game and we're showing this in every way possible.

 

Q19: Do you think it is important to go to university in order to succeed in the creative industry?

A19: Honestly, nah you don't need too, I think it's a bit out-dated and the creative industry is moving so quickly I don't think unis can provide a service that will make people wanna learn through that institution, when you think about the amount of young creatives that are excelling without an traditional educational background it makes you think that if they can do you can too.

Q20: How does London inspire you creatively?

A20: London does inspire me but more on a micro scale I guess, so like the interactions and conversations I have with fellow Londoners and also the little things about my time growing up in north London I find myself revisiting when I'm creatively making a project.

 

Q21: What has been your favorite project to date, and what have you got coming up next?

A21: 'LIMBO' has been my favorite project as it was my first project that I really felt satisfied as artist creating a body of work. The reception was crazy for it as well, people really came through and supported me, had people from all over the world messaging me to tell me how much they connected deeply with it, and it made realise the importance of using your art to help and connect with others, which is something I will always keep on doing.

In terms of what's next, all I can say is just loads of cool visuals and hopefully some game-changing projects

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