Masamba, Chelsea Jackson.
Part of the Issue 02 New Graduates feature.
Carnival Magazine speaks to University of Salford graduate Chelsea Jackson about her organic capture of male youth with film photography. We showcase three of her beautiful exploration of culture and tradition within this issue's graduate feature...
What university did you study at?
University of Salford BA(Hon) - Fashion Styling and Image Making
Tell us about yourself.
I'm 22 years old, I'm from Bromley Cross a village not far from Manchester.
What began your love for photography?
Throughout school and college I had always planned to go on to study dance, but due to a car accident I had to revaluate my plans. During my recovery year out, my love for fashion flourished which, in turn, led to me discovering photography as an art form. It developed from a hobby into something I wanted to pursue as a career
Tell us about your photographic style.
I shoot on film. I shoot mainly teenage boys - I like capturing the time in a boys life where they are in-between boyhood and adulthood. It's a very complicated stage of life, full of convoluted emotions and angst, and it is these attributes which gives rise to the interesting subjects which I love. I also like to create my own scenarios with the location styling and model coming together to tell the story.
What photographers inspire your practice?
I love the work of Ryan McGinley, Joost Vandebrug and Alasdair McLellan.
Tell us about this featured editorial, Masamba.
The concept originated from a series of images I saw in the paper and on the news at the time. Masamba is a character I invented based on the clashing of culture of western life and an African tribe. Masamba, translated to ‘leaves vegetables’, belongs to the Suri tribe and lives in a mud hut with his mother, father and 2 sisters in North Africa. Throughout his life he has seen his tribe corrupted by western culture, with ways that are meant to improve his life but has only left him worse off. His life is becoming more and more confused with the weakening of tradition and the strengths of technology.
Tell us about your featured editorial, Monk. [View]
The concept behind this shoot came from the original idea behind Marianne Callaghan collection. It based on the traditions of a monk contrasted with modern sportswear. I particularly cherish this distinct element of contrast; I've always liked experimenting with different cultures within my work. The shoot was captured on three locations; castle ruins, an old stone quarry and some Chinese gardens. I worked with model Tyler Wright and designer Marianne Callaghan. This was my first collaborative shoot, meaning I was able to focus entirely on my photography which I really enjoyed.
Tell us about this featured editorial, Cowboy. [View]
This shoot is based around the idea of trying to be something your not. Two young boys playing the role of two cowboys.
What's next for your career, now that you've graduated?
I have no big plan set out other than move to London and see what happens! Hopefully something will come up.
What was the best moment of your time at university?
I couldn't condense it to the one best moment! Although, I'd say the best moments from university was having the ability to go out and shoot whatever I wanted, to explore my ideas and techniques with no boundaries.
Finally, where would you like to be in a year’s time? What is the dream?
To be a full time freelance fashion photographer.
See more of Chelsea's work in Carnival Magazine Issue 02 New Graduate Feature and on her portfolio website.