Louise Oates – BA (Hons) Photography

Louise Oates studied BA (Hons) Photography graduating in 2013. She tells us about her work and what the future has in store.

What made you choose that particular course?

It had a good reputation and alumni. It also seemed to suit my interest in photography as it took a theoretical approach to the medium as well as taught hands on workshops.

Where are you from in the world?

Not far at all. I’m from Greenwich.

What are you working on/where are you working at the moment?

I’ve just started a new project on hydraulic fracturing.

Can you describe your work in your own words? (Ideas that shape it, stories you want to tell, a person, artist, place or subject that inspires you).

I am very interested in land and materials; our cultural understanding of them but also our sensory experience. Edward Burtynsky has been a big influence; his photographs show scars on the land from industry that wouldn’t otherwise be seen. And I have really enjoyed learning about Zoe Laughlin’s research recently, I think its important to physically interact with the stuff of the world, a place we can feel so detached from sometimes.

Please tell us about the approaches, techniques and tools, you use in your work.

I shoot mainly on a 5x4 field camera but I like to experiment with alternative photographic processes and use other materials in my work like wool, paint and clay as well.

Tell us about your future plans and ambitions

I plan to publish and exhibit my fracking project once its finished. After that who knows, I would like to travel some more so maybe a residency abroad somewhere.

What did you enjoy most about LCC?

The facilities. I miss them already. And the technicians are amazing.

Have you been back to LCC since graduating, and for what reason?

Yep, to use the library!

What’s the best exhibition you’ve seen recently?

The Sir John Soane Museum is fascinating, he was an architect in the 19th century who collected things from all over the world and turned his house into a museum, it’s just a huge cabinet of curiosities.

What piece of advice would you give to new students?

Take advantage of every opportunity while your there, start applying for competitions and assist other photographers as soon as possible. But most of all, be confident in what you do.


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