Hannah Wright, a third year student coming to the end of her studies in Press & Editorial. She has a passion for people and their stories, so let’s hear a little more from Hannah about her story. Most of her work is supported by an Instagram accout where we posts the odd photo here and there…
Introduce yourself for those who may not know you with an interesting fact thrown in there.
Hello, my name is Hannah Wright and I have just graduated from Falmouth University where I studied press and editorial photography. I would say that I specialised in documentary projects and portraiture. I have fallen deeply in love with photography, photo books and how you can interact with people through this medium. I am originally from Gloucester and I grew up in a guesthouse, which I guess is a little unusual, but potentially the reason why I focus my projects around people.
Describe your work in a sentence…
My work is all about people, community and relationships and telling stories through still photography to hopefully challenge peoples perceptions.
Talk to us about ‘For Someone Else‘, where did the concept come from and how did you reach a final solution of having a digital still alongside a video playing? You can also find this project supported by an Instagram and Twitter accout too!
For someone else was organically grown from my previous interactions with carer’s because of the voluntary work I have done within the dementia community. I met carer’s of people with dementia and I started to wonder about their perspective and it grew from there really and so did the final outcome. I had an idea that a dedicated online platform would be best in order to share the work with the widest audience possible. The concept with regards to having audio alongside still image was purely because I felt that hearing the stories from the care’s themselves was much more powerful and that by then making them into podcasts it allowed the carer’s and anyone else to listen to them on the go. This project in ongoing even though I have had a few weeks break so I really hope for it to grow and grow and keep enlightening other to the people behind their role of a carer.
Explain your concepts for other projects, including ‘Young Mothers’ and how you got to a final piece with those?
With my project on young mothers, well I can’t actually remember where the idea came from but I seem to have this fascination around mothers and children and that relationship. There is a lot of photographic work around motherhood especially by photographers I look to for inspiration so that’s probably where the influence came from. I got in contact with ‘WILD’ a charity organisation for young mothers to help them with all things related to motherhood. After meeting with one of the groups for many weeks the series of portraits as an output alongside quotes from conversations we had had became the best way to tell their stories. Again I am continuing this project not directly but on a similar subject matter/topic area in the very near future and hope to create a more in depth version of that project with more words from the interviews I conducted.
Pick three things from your work studio and explain your reasoning for doing so…
I have a bit of a temporary workspace at the moment as I have staying somewhere different for the summer so here are the things I can currently see in my workspace that are important.
Notebook: for every single project I do I have to have a dedicated notebook so for the project I am working on at the moment I have an A4 blue almost school like notebook that I write all my thoughts and ideas, my research and anything relevant to that project.
Retro Radio: I have to listen or watch something whilst I am working which is also a little strange but working in silence allows my mind to go on a tangent that is very hard to get back from. So I have a retro radio but also use my computer and laptop for movies, podcasts or music when the radio isn’t as great.
Wipe board: Whenever I have a busy schedule I have to write a list of all the things that need to get done. This for me needs to be very visual because I am more of a visual learner so I make a to do list, as it were, on this wipe board to remind myself of all the things I need to get done throughout the week.
These are all fairly boring objects but are essentially for me within my workspace along with my extensive collection of photo books that I couldn’t live without and regularly go to for inspiration and to break up my day.
Let’s chat about your commissioned work, including the most recent perspective for this year!! Congratualtions for putting the project together. How much direction did the university give you and were you happy with the final result?
I mean the whole of my final year was very much self directed but through tutorials and critiques where we receive feedback and direction from tutors and peers however despite this the projects are self initiated and the final outcome is decided by myself. This for me was the perfect balance and I wouldn’t have it any other way, other people’s opinions certainty helped me to shape my project and without this reflection and constructive criticism I wouldn’t have been able to iron out the little issues the project faced along the way.
I am super happy with the result I achieved for my degree (which was a first if you want that to go in) but the main sign of achievement for me is the feedback that I have had from my peers, tutors but also the public and all subjects involved. The conversations that I have had with people and fact that these conversations are happening for me is the sign that the project is working how I had hoped and only more time will see the project grow and grab more people’s attention.
Tell us something unusual about you…
Well I don’t really know how to answer this one, I wouldn’t say it was unusual but it’s something I have to do after every shoot.
So basically after every shoot I go to or to phase it better every subject I photograph, I have this overwhelming feeling of happiness and joy, I can’t stop smiling in the car journey on my way back. I also have this urge to tell someone what I have just experienced the conversations we have had or the photographs I have created. I have no idea why I guess I just like to share the stories immediately but if I don’t share these stories I am restless until I do and it doesn’t feel right. I guess that is quite unusual actually.