I study Sociology and, as demonstrated so many times in the past, I believe photography is an incredible way to shed light on issues and bring about social change.
Photographer Leah Garrad is studying BSc (Hons) Sociology at the University of Bath and has been selected as an Arts Scholar for 2018-19. Leah shares her interest in architectural and street photography, who has inspired her, and what she’s working on ahead of Platform, the annual arts scholarship showcase.
What is your background in your chosen art form?
I have had a keen interest in photography since I was very young and have learnt primarily through research and experimentation. After studying photography for two years at A-Level, I have solidified my technical knowledge and am far more confident behind the camera.
I enjoy working in many different styles but my main areas of interest at the moment are architectural and street photography – being from London and now living in Bath has given me lots of opportunities to explore what I can do with portraiture and architecture in urban landscapes. I have primarily worked digitally over the last few years, however I am currently working on further developing my experience with film photography.
What are you working on ahead of Platform?
I am currently working on a few small projects which encapsulate a variety of different styles, people and locations, and I am hoping to showcase some of these at Platform.
If you are collaborating with other students tell us a bit about the process and how it’s going?
I have collaborated with Annayah Prosser and Florence Merrett on their theatre piece by providing some of my photographs to be used as stimuli when constructing and rehearsing their performance. We are also considering the possibility of using some of my photographs as backdrops for their piece.
Do you find any links between your creativity and your course?
Yes – definitely. I study Sociology and, as demonstrated so many times in the past, I believe photography is an incredible way to shed light on issues and bring about social change.
What/Who inspires, influences or drives you?
Some of the photographers I have been inspired by are Rut Blees Luxemburg, Vera Lutter and Sonia Soberats. Their work is fascinating to look at, but what I love most about it is the processes behind the creation of each of their images as it is so precise and purposeful.
Do you have any other creative pursuits?
I have always been heavily involved in both visual and performing arts – so as well as a photographer, I am also a keen musician and singer. Over the years, I have taught myself how to play a few different instruments and have performed at a variety of venues in London. I have also intermittently been involved with drama and dance throughout my life.