Photofoundation Interview series: Dawn Newton
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself!
I work as a Marketing Manager for a social enterprise/charity called London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), I have always enjoyed photography, Since I was tiny I have always been drawn to visual and creative activities - loved painting and crafts especially the messy ones like paper mache.
Q: How do you relate to photography? Is it a personal passion or your profession? What do you enjoy about it?
I think photography offers a window into someone else's world & perspective, I enjoy taking photographs and it's a hobby that I love and wish to keep it just that - for fun. I always try to capture photos of my adventures and capture them as I see it, from my unique outlook on the world, I see the joy in the little things in life and my photos reflect that.
Q: How did you first discover photography?
I began taking photos whilst at university, and with the advent of digital cameras, but regretfully I didn't have flickr then and did not back up my photos which I have always regretted as most are now lost. I much prefer digital photography as I can take lots of shots and then select the ones I like, I am somewhat of a maximalist and tend to keep almost all of them hence my 32,000 shots on flickr.
Q: How would you describe your style of photography?
My style of photography is colourful, playful and full of life. I like to capture spontaneous moments, light, nature and try strange angles. I have recently started to enjoy macro photography, Trying to capture a bee is much more challenging than I first thought. I am totally addicted to Instagram.
Q: What (or who) inspires your photographs?
There are so many talented photographers on flickr and Instagram, no one person but people who find their own voice through photos are big inspirations, you can convey ideas through photos that really connect with people. Three favourites are the fearless http://www.flickr.com/photos/eweliyi/, the unique http://www.stevenmiljavac.com/ and Miss Aniela https://www.facebook.com/missanielaphotography and her photos beyond your wildest dreams.
Q: Do you have a favourite charity? Tell us about it
I am a big fan of Petit Miracles - they are a small social enterprise based in a shop in Shepherds Bush London, They rescue furniture destined for landfill and give it a second life by refurbishing or upcycling it, What's even cooler is that they train local unemployed people how to do this and support them towards getting into work, many are young people, Some are very talented and creative interior designers who just embrace the opportunity to be a part of this awesome and innovative project.
My blog features them - http://goreckidawn.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/petit-miracles/.
Q. Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
1. I would recommend photography to anyone - even if you do not see yourself as a 'creative' person it is such a great way to capture memories and share moments.
2. Some of my favourite photos were happy accidents.
3. I cannot emphasise more to backup your photos - there are so many great free tools, some encourage sharing flickr, Instagram, Picasa, Photobucket (but you can control privacy if you wish) and some just to hold online dropbox, skydrive etc. But having your precious photos online mean even if your computer dies you have a copy, you can also access them from wherever you are.
4. Love the work of Photofoundation - charities struggle to get good photos and really benefit from having access to them for free!
5. My links are: flickr.com/goreckidawn and instagram/goreckidawn
Be sure to take a look at Dawn's personal profile with us where some of her incredible work can be seen at http://beta.photofoundation.org/user/goreckidawn