PATTA Q&A: AMIE GALBRAITH

In line with Amie's upcoming exhibition in the Marktkantine this Saturday, January 7th, we had a little chat with her to get to know her and her work a little bit better! You can find more info about the exhibition and attend here.

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Who are you, and where are you from?
I'm a twenty-three year old photographer from Manchester who made the best decision ever to move to Amsterdam two years ago.

What keeps you occupied on a daily basis?
I watch the world and make a lot of notes about the things that inspire me. At the moment I'm thinking a lot about ways in which I can answer more important questions through my photography.

How did you get into photography?
I remember being interested in cameras and the power to freeze and treasure moments from a very young age. When I was 16 I got my first DSLR camera and began experimenting with various subjects but I was always, always drawn to people. As I got older I steadily became more interested in taking portraits that I felt captured someone's true character. You get to know a person very quickly when photographing them and that's what I enjoy most about this medium. I like to think about all the ways in which someone's true character can actually be represented with a still image and I've become somewhat fascinated by style recently. What clothes mean to people. I love to capture how people express themselves through clothing in different environments such as the club or the street. I'm excited to see how I can explore this further in the future.

What was your first photo camera and what do you currently shoot with?
I had a very basic point and shoot digital camera which I would take everywhere with me when I was about 14. Now I have a Canon 600D that I use with various nice lenses and a Canon EOS 300 for film. That 600D body has served me for around 5 years and survived so many crazy parties and festivals. I thought it was the end of it during the moshpits of Appelsap shooting last year but somehow it's still going!

What is is your favourite graphic at the moment and why?
There are some Instagram pages that I am in love with: @ninetiesmoments, @archivist, @rarebooksparis. There's such a carefree, simple aesthetic about them that motivates me to keep shooting in the way I do.

I get the best inspiration from real life though. People in the street. Everyday situations. It's really important to just go outside and experience your own world. There is a danger of being over-inspired by what everyone else is doing that I try to be wary of.

Which music artists are you currently listening to and would you recommend others?
It's always a very random selection of songs that I discover out of the blue and connect with. At the moment these are a few:
The Look of Love - Dusty Springfield
Human - Sevdaliza
Avant que je mennuie - Mathieu Boogaerts

What is your favourite travel destination?
I feel like I haven't travelled enough to answer this yet! I plan to travel much more this year. So far I have to say Morocco because it's the most culturally different place I've ever been. It's an amazing country if you don't just stay in Marrakech.

What inspired you to do an exhibition about people who express their selves in the club?
I have always loved looking at old photos from different club scenes around the world. Ewen Spencer's photos from the UK garage scene in the late 90s/early 00s. New York's Studio 54 glamour in the late 70s. The wonderful New Romantics at the Blitz club in London. The style is what stands out to me in these images. I thought it would be interesting to document snippets of what people were wearing to one club in Amsterdam.

Why do you think people feel more free in the nightlife?
If you google the three scenes I mentioned above you can clearly see that the club provides one of the best spaces for people to express themselves to the fullest. In every way I think too, not just style. I think part of it is that, usually, you know you will have something in common with the other people when you go to a club - the music. So that makes expressing yourself a little bit less daunting than if you just walk out on to the street. If you couple that with darkness and drugs then you can see how it's become the starting place of so many great subcultures over the years.

Where can we check out more of your work?
On my website at www.styleandstill.com or my Instagram @styleandstill.

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