JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you want to be growing up?
GEORGIA AMY: To begin with, I planned on being a princess, shortly followed by a Spice Girl. Later on in my childhood I wanted to be a writer, reading and writing provided a form of magical escapism, which I was always searching for. I never imagined I would be on the path I am today; I find that the reasons behind my dreams growing up are still the same now. I wanted to be able to escape from the mundane every day and also express myself.
JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
GA: In my latest photographic project I looked at how women were portrayed throughout art history to be able to produce my own portrait work on the female. I found inspiration in painters such as Vermeer. Also the words of Keaton Henson, beautiful sounds and beautiful faces are constantly inspiring me.
JC: What are you up to right now?
GA: I have recently finished studying my photography degree at Cleveland College of Art and Design. My work was displayed on the campus as part of the degree show; this was followed by an exhibition at London’s Old Truman’s Brewery for the Free Range event from 19-23 of June. In August I relocated to London to study an MA in Photography at Sotheby’s Institute of Art the following month. I feel like I have begun a new chapter and time is moving very fast.
JC: Have you had mentors along the way?
GA: My two tutors Jamie Macdonald and Antony Chambers have been exceptional mentors and I feel that I owe them a lot. I have never before met two lecturers that put the amount of inspiring passion in their teaching and offer such great help and support. I feel incredibly grateful to have had them as mentors; they helped shape who I am as an artist today. My partner Thomas, also a photographer and videographer, has been a constant mentor. I have been very lucky.
JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?
GA: I am based in the North East of England in a seaside town named Hartlepool. Its banality has helped shape my way of seeing. It encouraged me to look close and search for glimmers of beauty in the grey.
JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?
GA: My advice would be to always do what you love, strive for the best and have confidence in yourself. Don’t be afraid of not knowing exactly what you’re doing, you’re not alone and time has a way of helping you figure things out. I would also say to prepare to work hard and push yourself. I think it’s also important to look back on all that you have achieved at university and allow yourself to appreciate this.
JC: If all else fails - what is your plan B?
GA: I don’t have a plan B… maybe I should, but I would rather try optimism for a change.
JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?
GA: I think it is important to surround yourself with likeminded people who share similar artistic passions. You can bounce off each other, inspire and be inspired. I think starting a blog was one of the best things I have done.