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Every week HeadStuff’s Visual Arts Editor will feature posts from their favourite artists on Instagram. So add the hashtag #thisheadstuff to be featured!
Up this week is Ayesha Ahmad aka @ayeshabeans, a sixteen year old, Dublin based photographer. She has a love for portrait and fashion photography, but also dabbles in studio work and stage photography. From the moment she got her first camera she has been making waves in the photography scene here. She was the youngest artist in the FEAR exhibition in August 2016. She was featured as one of the five Irish, female photographers to follow in IMAGE Magazine. Her work also featured in the A/W 16 issue of V&A Magazine. “I want to inspire people to believe in their dreams, instead of growing old and wishing they had the chance to do what they can do right now”, she says.”Just wake up each day and surprise yourself.”
For me, Instagram is a platform through which I can display my work, almost like a mini portfolio! It also allows me to connect with and gain inspiration from other creative individuals all over the world. This in turn provides endless opportunities. It really is a powerful tool!
I started sharing my work on Instagram a few years ago and since then, I have developed my own unique style and watched myself improve. My photography has really grown with me. Initially I used Instagram as a way in which I could express myself. I have always been a quiet person, so I use my photos to essentially speak for me.
My photography could be described as dark and almost haunting in the way that I love to capture the presence of my subjects. I strive to highlight the raw beauty around us that often goes unnoticed, instead of Photoshopping “magic” into the images. I guess I prefer to focus on the calm within the chaos.
I am currently using the Canon eos 700d with a 50mm f1.8 lens.
Timi Ogunyemi (@tweetymonkey) has really influenced me. His unique outlook on life not only inspires me, but also pushes me to step outside my comfort zone with my photography. For that I am truly grateful.
I don’t really use hashtags but you can’t go wrong with #donutsofinstagram…but you might want to avoid it if you are hungry.