I am ecstatic to welcome you to the first blog post of my portfolio, which, as you may have noticed, has gone through a complete rehaul.
I debated for months and months on what was the best way to showcase my work and my versatility. Wallflower.nu started out as just my photography portfolio — however, as time went on, I felt like it wasn’t showing the whole picture (pun intended). I love photography and it’s the medium I have the most “professional” experience with… but it’s not the only part of me. Writing and (recently) cinematography are just as important to me as an artist, and to explore themes that I want to bring attention to.
I feel like I’ve grown exponentially during the course of my first year studying Digital Media at the University of Stirling. I developed new skills, I fell in love completely with other storytelling mediums and, most importantly, I learned a lot about myself as an artist and a creator in the process.
And one thing I’ve learned is that… I love all three of my creative mediums: writing, photography and film. And they all intertwine perfectly.
My writing intertwines with my photography when I write gig reviews and my films when I write scripts; and my photography and cinematography intertwine with each other when I apply composition techniques, lighting, colour theory, etc. to both. When I make progress in one of these mediums, I make progress with the others, too.
So finally today, following the premiere of my first short film on Youtube, I realised what direction I wanted to take my portfolio in and what would really show all of my creativity and all parts of me as an artist. And this is the end result.
My portfolio has been under maintenance for the past 5-6 months or so, as I focused on my coursework and learned more and more about myself. Now it’s up again and it feels much closer to representing and showcasing all of me and my skills, and not just a portion of it, in a way that doesn’t clash, that doesn’t feel forced or out of place.
And of course, it would only make sense that I would add a blogging section, specifically dedicated to my art, my progress and my thoughts on said art! I look forward to filling this space with interesting reflections and posts that might also help other creatives.
Here’s to new beginnings: for my portfolio, for my art… and for me.