Whilst moving house recently I came across this lovely throwback. The people over at the Skinny interviewed me and featured my work in their national print magazine, where I spoke about my influences, my start in photography and my degree.
“Natural light, the Pre-Raphaelites and images of romantic femininity: all are influences for emerging fashion photographer Rosie Woods. Online editor at Ballad Of magazine, she is noted as one of the most up-and-coming photographers in Manchester. Known for her light touch, she describes her work as, “soft, feminine and subtle.”
“I think I left school like every other 16-year-old, completely confused with what I wanted to study and eventually do as a job,” she says. “I ended up mindlessly picking up a small photography course having never owned a camera and quickly became fully immersed in it. I enrolled onto a full-time photographic course at an arts school in the city I’m originally from, Hull, and have been studying and working with photography for the last seven years now.”
It seems that Woods has found her own distinctively individual aesthetic, which allows her to stand out. Describing her work, she says that it “definitely encompasses the theme of femininity,” and she has found further motivation for her chosen career in the work of Paolo Roversi, Sarah Moon, David Hamilton and Deborah Turbeville. “These are the ones who from the very beginning have been a huge source of inspiration and still are today.”
Inspiration also comes from the Pre-Raphaelite art movement, which began in the late 1840s and included such artists as Millais and Rossetti, and which was known for its fine detail, intense colours and complex compositions as well as its highly romantic depiction of women.
Woods also cites influences in the “softness and tones found in Pictorialism.” This aesthetic movement – where the photograph usually lacked a sharp focus and the photographer would ‘create’ an image rather than solely record it – dominated photography in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Woods mainly uses outdoor locations in her work, utilising the natural light to create beautiful, delicate and captivating images.
While discussing inspirational fashion, Woods mentions Meadham Kirchhoff and Margaret Howell as designers she would like to work with: “Their pieces are
always so fun and cute so working with them would be amazing.”
Read the full piece over on their website: theskinny.co.uk/fashion/photography/rosie-woods