Aisling Keavey, photographic artist

 24 August 2016

After finishing university with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Print and Time-based Media, Aisling now works as a freelance photographer and runs workshops on photographic practice. We asked Aisling more about her role and what tips she has for getting into photography.

"I’m constantly reading about photography, curating and image culture to keep up with current trends."

Hometown?

I am from and live in Dublin, Ireland

What job do you do?

I’m a photographic artist and a freelance curator.

How did you become a photographic artist?

I studied a degree in printmaking and time-based media at Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London. 

My most active platforms are my twitter and Instagram pages

I found that, throughout the three years of the course, I was always coming back to my first love, photography. So I decided to concentrate solely on photography in my practice.

What qualifications do you have?

I have two qualifications from back home in Dublin, a FETAC (Further Education and Training Awards Council) Level 5 (NVQ level 3) in Creative Media and a FETAC level 6 (NVQ level 5) in Photography. I also studied an honours degree in Fine Art Print and Time-based Media at Wimbledon College of Art, UAL.

What do you do for your job?

I am a freelance curator and photographer. I also run workshops in DIY photo-book making and photographic practice.

What is the best thing about your job?

I love working with like-minded curators and artists.

And the worst thing?

Not having a steady income is probably the worst thing.

How do I get into photography?

1. Network and collaborate. The best thing for me while getting into photography and curating was my network of peers from university and outside.

I love working with like-minded curators and artists

Keeping in contact with people back home and from university helped me get opportunities that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise and also to collaborate or do skill swapping with colleagues from university.

2. Keep a sketchbook of research and ideas. I keep a sketchbook with me at all times to record and document any and all ideas that I have while out and about. I’m also constantly reading about photography, curating and image culture to keep up with current trends. This is crucial to keeping your work relevant.

3. Use social media. I use Model Mayhem to collaborate with models and make-up artists on photography shoots and to also find paid work when I can get it. For me, my most active platforms are my Twitter and Instagram pages. On Twitter, I follow anyone influential in photography, curating and image culture to keep up with trends and to also interact with peers.

Instagram is great for visual research and to also share images of work to a wide audience. I also have a blog where I write about the process behind my work and current trends in image culture.


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