What made you start photography?
I first got into photography when I went on holiday to Belgium. I was taking photos of architecture, nature and interesting objects at the age of 12 but got into portraiture when I turned 14 and had been bought my first DSLR: the Canon 400D. Since then, I have developed my portraiture into creative, editorial fashion concepts.
Why do you feel like it’s important to raise awareness of topics that aren’t as well known?
I create a lot of my art based around ideas of mental health and current problems in society, particularly in the media. Today, the media can easily trick people into believing just about anything, especially misconceptions about mental health. I feel educating people through visual imagery is a lot more impactful and relatable to an audience.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My main inspiration is my aunt; she has always been so encouraging towards me and my photography journey. She has experience in photography and is always happy to give me feedback and help me develop me ideas, her kindness never goes unappreciated. It really helps me grow as a young person in the creative industry.
Catch part two of this Q&A with Ellie in the next issue of My Life.