Angelica Castor is a Ba(Hons) Fashion photography graduate.
Where are you currently working/ what projects are you currently working on?
I am currently interning for a Spanish bag brand called Colourfield.London.
I am interning as a photographic assistant, alongside editing photos for their social media and website content.
What do you look to for inspiration for your work?
I look for current trends within the fashion industry so I can include that in my own personal photography work. Within my internship I often go out to look for locations, so we can decide what kind of bags and outfits would fit together to represent the brand well.
What has the journey been like from graduation to where you are now in your career?
The journey from graduation was hard and it still is, I am still an intern working full-time. However, it is all about gaining experience within this area of work. I still have a long way to go but I will get to where I want to be with perseverance.
Has your career lead to where you thought it would?
After graduating I was unsure where I wanted to go or who I wanted to work for, to put it short I did not have a goal because I was not thinking about it. All I thought about was doing what I wanted to do, I was not thinking about the steps I would have to take to get where I am now. Right now, it is going in the right direction as to what I want to do but I still have a long way to go.
How would you describe your style of work?
I would describe my work as simple with a lot of movement.
Your projects are a collaborative process. Tell us what it is like to work with new stylists, models and designers.
It was quite hard for me to find stylists, models and designers because I didn’t know anyone in the industry personally. However, I persevered and with lots of emailing and messaging various people to collaborate with, it became worthwhile. I enjoy collaborating with models because they are always interested in the projects, and when they arrive at shoots they always bring with them new ideas, which I love. As for designers, I am able to use their designs within my shoots and I feel it makes my images stand out.
Is there a message you carry through your work that you want people to receive?
My final major project was titled ‘the self- expressionist’, as I felt all the images within it expressed a part of me. Within the images, I wanted to show movement and expression, through the use of hand gestures and body language the models were able to convey various expressions and emote different messages.
Did you have any setbacks/ challenges in your career, and if so, how did you overcome them?
Within my time at university, I faced many challenges and setbacks. During my second year, I would often find models on modelling websites, however it was hard to trust them to be reliable. In one instance, a model cancelled on me very last minute, and I found it hard to find a replacement. I resorted to asking a friend to model for me. Despite her help I was unhappy with my final images, as I didn’t feel that they were as high as my usual standards. Surprisingly to me, I received my highest grade for that project, out of all of the projects I completed that year.
For your commercial work, how important is your website? Do you bother making a hard copy portfolio?
Having an online portfolio is vital, whether or not you are working within the fashion industry. I regularly update my website when I have new and exciting work to put on it. It is so important to promote your website, as it allows people to keep up to date with my work, whilst also allowing me to show them that I keep my work current with the industry. I would not recommend having a hard copy portfolio for a number of reasons. I feel that it can be expensive to keep all images up to date and to be their best quality. I personally find it easier to update my portfolio digitally, whether it is catwalk images or an editorial project, I put everything on my website.
What is the most important thing you want potential clients to know about you?
It is important that they know I am hard working and can take on any challenge.
Where do you see the future of the industry you work in leading?
Photography has progressed a long way over the years, from developing film in dark rooms, to digital cameras and Photoshop. We are now incorporating video, 3D and 4D technology within imagery too. I know digital photography well but I have always preferred the authenticity of dark rooms and developing film personally. The photography industry will continue to develop and evolve over the years in exciting ways.
What would you like to see more of in the photography world?
Photography is used to tell stories and it is important that we continue to spread the word about what is happening around the globe. Photography can expose and show the raw, unfiltered world and issues that affect people around the world, such as war, climate change and poverty.
Do you have any advice for aspiring students?
Enjoy and love what you do. Challenge yourself every day and find projects that push you to be your best.
WORDS: IEVA KOLUPAILAITE
EDITED: JENNIFER BARRY
PHOTOGRAPHY: ANGELICA CASTOR
H&MUA'S: BRYONY CAMPBELL, AMELIA KILDEAR GRAVELLE, TALIA JORDAN AND FRANKIE SMITH.
COSTUME DESIGNERS: ELIE PARTRIDGE AND BETHAN GURNEY.
MODELS: HANNAH KESSLER, KYRA MILLS, YANI NAZARENO, KAROLINA LASKOWSKA, SANTENNE LUYINDULA, ANGEL CAPILI, RONALD CASTOR, JERICHO CASTOR AND SHIVANGI DUTT.