Tell us a bit about yourself Grace?
Hi! My name is Grace Hill and without a long introduction I am essentially a photographer! I go by the name of 'Photography by Grace Hill' online. I'm currently studying a Foundation Degree in Creative and Editorial Photography and I graduate this May, but as I'm based in Colchester, Essex, doing my degree 100 miles away from my college in Stamford, Lincs, in my spare time I am a freelance photographer.
What’s your weapon of choice?
I generally use a Nikon D700 and a 50mm f/1.4 lens for the majority of my photography, because it's just so versatile, but I'm actually in between taking the leap of faith to fully change cameras at the moment, so I'm also using a Fujifilm XT1 until I decide what to do! I also complete all of my editing myself, so my second eapon of choice is Photoshop, but on the go it is of course Instagram!
What’s your dream job/commission?
Most people aspire to move to London and shoot for big agencies in the photography world, but I am actually really inspired by the people and events around me. I would love to ultimately work on an editorial body of work to be published in a magazine: photography for me is about creating expressive work for open discussion rather than passive consent. I've created projects on Dementia and Mental Health in the past and found them to be really absorbing, but at the same time I adore natural light photography and ultimately I would love to be a natural light portraiture photographer in my local area.
What’s the story behind the photos you’ve sent us?
The three photos I've sent sort of show my diverse interests within photography and my growth within the medium. The first is of my cat Flynn, as not only is it one of my favourite photos but also it is where my love for photography began back in 2005; in photographing my pets. The second is of my Bronica ETRSi, and in the viewfinder you can see one of my Leonbergers, who recently passed away. Dogs and film cameras are two of my passions, so this photo combines them both quite well. Finally the third is taken from my degrees upcoming Final Major Project 'Colcestrian', focused on my home town, Colchester. I am focusing on contrast and conflict quite a lot, in particular here you have the contrast between the striking multi-million pound Visual Arts Facility and some very cool graffiti.
Thanks Grace, amazing photos! If you'd like to contact grace follow the links below!
Prints shop: www.printsbygrace.etsy.com