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Study Abroad Alumni: Myles Loftin

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Girl leaning against a glass counter in a soft pink environment. UAL Study Abroad Photography, London College of Communication
Girl leaning against a glass counter in a soft pink environment. UAL Study Abroad Photography, London College of Communication

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UAL Study Abroad
Published date
07 May 2020

Meet Myles. Myles is a portrait and fashion photographer. He studies at Parsons School of Design and came to London to join the Photography course at London College of Communication, UAL. We chatted to Myles about his work and time on the course.

Myles' Work

One of the things I love the most about being an artist is that I can use my creativity for positive change, I think of photography as my way of giving back to the world.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Myles Loftin, I'm a director and a photographer and I live in New York City. My work focuses on using image making to create an archive of positive images of marginalized individuals that celebrate our beauty and diversity. One of the things I love the most about being an artist is that I can use my creativity for positive change, I think of photography as my way of giving back to the world.

What course did you study on at UAL and why?

I studied photography during my time at UAL because my major at my home institution is also photography, and I wanted to experience studying in a different environment.

A boy in a red hat with a plate of crabs and red balloon

What did you enjoy most about your course?

I really enjoyed being able to fully immerse myself in the rich culture that the city of London has to offer. UAL's self directed learning structure gave me the ability to explore the city and understand myself better as an artist and a person.

What was the best thing you discovered about London?

The best thing I discovered about London was how much there is to do and experience.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about studying abroad at UAL?

I would say that London is a great place to go to take a break and discover yourself.

Man on a beach in a straw hat selling gifts. UAL Study Abroad Photography

Tell us about what you created while you were here? Images and links appreciated!

While I was at UAL I worked on two photographic projects. The first project was a continuation of a series that I'd started the previous year in my studio class at Parsons. For this series I photographed and interviewed black London youth who had coloured hair. The other project I was working on deals with using image making to reaffirm the existence of black queer people.

What’s next?

I just started my final year at Parsons School of Design, so I will be working on completing my final thesis project.

Find out more about Myles and his work.

Follow Myles on Instagram.

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