Meet the Artist: Sophie Debenham

1. WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO? I’m Sophie, a youth photographer based in Suffolk. I am in my second year in college, but this is my first year of studying Level 3 Photography at Suffolk New College. I have been doing photography for almost 5 years in June. I mostly put out… Read more »

by SophieDebenham 4 months ago

1. WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO?

I’m Sophie, a youth photographer based in Suffolk. I am in my second year in college, but this is my first year of studying Level 3 Photography at Suffolk New College. I have been doing photography for almost 5 years in June. I mostly put out my work on Instagram for my followers to see. I have also taken photos and written for a few Student Life articles too.

2. WHAT IS THE FOCUS OF YOUR WORK?

The focus of my work is purely to take photos of anything I find eye-catching. The genres I like to focus on are very mixed. I also use my work to inspire others to take photos too. I mainly take photos of places in Suffolk and surrounding areas. A few locations I have been to are the Orwell Bridge and Bury St Edmunds. I like to try out new types of photography and styles too. I also make IGTV videos on all things related to photography which you can watch on my Instagram page @sophsinfocus.

3. WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK?

A few artists who have influenced my style are Brandon Woelfel who is a photographer based in New York, and Julia Trotti who is a portrait photographer based in Sydney. I also look for inspiration from Pinterest along with my followers who are very talented. What inspires my work is seeing different photos on my Pinterest feed, going to different locations, and looking at other photographers’ work. What first got me into photography was my friend Ola during a shoot together where she asked me to take her photos, and my whole journey carried on from there. My friends and family are also very supportive of what I do.

4. WHERE CAN READERS VIEW AND FOLLOW YOUR WORK?

People can find out more about me by heading over to my various social medias @sophsinfocus. My Instagram and Facebook are the main platforms I use to post regular content. I also have Pinterest, VSCO and TikTok where I post a few different things. Alongside this, I have a website where you can see more work, and can also purchase photo prints for digital download on www.sophsinfocus.com.

5. WHAT ARE YOUR ARTISTIC GOALS FOR THE FUTURE?

My goals for the future are to expand my work to a bigger audience, to go to more places once lockdown is over, meet more new people, start future projects, and get more creative.

6. WHAT ROLE DOES THE ARTIST HAVE IN SOCIETY?

I feel like photographers have a huge part to play in society. Because your photos can inspire someone else and can also be so interesting to any person who looks at them. Also photographers have a platform no matter how big or small to make a positive change in society. Because I feel like there is a huge stigma around young people which is shown in society in a negative way, but I think that us young people should be able to break the stigma and show our talents no matter what they are.