Jocelyn Allen: Self portraits

 

The British Council India and ‪‎The Alkazi Foundation‬ have come together for a photo project titled ‪PHOTOUKINDIA – Origins that looks at works drawn from the shared history of both countries.

The exhibition of the curated entries will open as part of the PHOTOUKINDIA exhibition on October 14 at the Gallery in the British Council, in New Delhi.

Over the coming weeks, we will feature a new artist, their history with, and approach to photography. British photographer Jocelyn Allen looks closely at her work  in taking self-portraits.

Jocelyn Allen

Jocelyn Allen

I’ve always taken self-portraits since I got into photography, but never did a proper project as on my BA I tried to make my projects non-personal until the last project where I decided to make the work that I really wanted to make. I didn’t plan to use myself originally but it seemed to make sense as I would be always be available and I had been taking self-portraits because I felt inspired but no one was around/I didn’t want to bother people. I didn’t plan to make another self-portrait project but I found it to be therapeutic, especially in terms of dealing with how I felt about myself and my body. 

I am trying to find inspiration in anything and everything. I’m going through all of the books on my bookshelf and researching a lot online. Generally though, I just get inspired by going on Instagram and other platforms like Tumblr and Twitter, as well as exhibitions and talking to friends and seeing them doing well with their work. I also went on holiday last month so I was inspired by the new surroundings and the nature.

Jocelyn Allen (b. 1988, UK) has a BA in Photographic Art from the University of Wales, Newport (2010) and an MA in Photography from the London College of Communication (2014). Highlights of her career so far include representing the UK in a Biennial of Young Artists of Europe & The Mediterranean (2011), showing her work at Guernsey Photography Festival (2011), self-publishing a book (2013) and being selected for FreshFaced+WildEyed at The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2015).

Follow her Instagram feed @jocelynfreya

 

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