Emma Williams

Age: 20

Tell us about yourself.

I’m from London and I’m studying at Cambridge at the moment (Engineering). I’ve always been pretty focussed on work and academic stuff but as I’m getting older creative pursuits like photography are becoming more important to me. Eventually I’d like to do it full time.

What do you like to shoot?

I like shooting people and dogs. They’re my favourite subjects. I want to shoot interesting people, the kind of people you don’t see every day.

What camera do you use?

Up until about a month ago I used a Contax T2 and an olympus mju ii, both really good. Right now I’m using a Ricoh gr1v and I don’t plan on switching anytime soon.

What would you say the main narrative behind your images are?

I mainly just want to capture someones personality. I like photos when it’s not like ‘oh look here’s this guy standing and posing for a photo.’ I like it when you can see some kind of emotion behind it. I like photos that are difficult to get.

What drives you as a photographer?

I wan’t people to see my pictures and feel something, the way I do when I look at some of my favourite photographer’s photos, that’s the goal.

You have recently released your zine [Street Dreams], can you tell us about it?

So, street dreams is a Zine that I’ve wanted to make for a long time but I’ve never felt like I had enough content that connected together to put into a single zine, until recently. The zine is made up of my personal street photography from the last year or so, it’s a bit of a mix of random people on the street, friends, and a few dogs too.

Who do you look up to in the photographic world?

Bruce Davidson, Boogie, Larry Clark, Dash Snow, Ari Marcopoulos.

‘because it was the first photo I was really scared to take and it was totally unposed he didn’t even clock I was taking the photo until it was done’.


Which photo in your gallery is your favourite, why is that?

Hard to pick really but probably this one, because it was the first photo I was really scared to take and it was totally unposed he didn’t even clock I was taking the photo until it was done.

 Anything we can look forward to?

I’m working on a couple projects at the moment but I’m also taking my 2nd year exams at Cambridge so it’s a bit slow for a while, hopefully in Summer I’ll be able to get things running a bit more quickly.

Any hairy situations whilst being a photographer?

Nothing too bad really, I’ve been told to fuck of so many times but I don’t really mind anymore because it’s worth it a lot of the time. I’ve also been in trouble with the police a lot, they try and take my camera – which is actually illegal – and get really up in my face if they want me to go away. I don’t mind so much though because I like pictures of angry policemen.

Out of all the projects you have been apart of, which has been your favourite?

Most of my stuff I do myself, so at this point my zine is the thing I’m most proud of but in terms of projects with others, I did a shoot for my friend Tallulah recently, she’s a singer/songwriter, and I really enjoyed doing that. I’ve never styled anything before so that was cool and I just was really happy with how the pictures came out.

Instagram: @emm______a

Link to buy the Zine?

It’s just through paypal right now so if people want me then message me on instagram to sort payment and stuff, hopefully I’ll get a website going sometime this year.

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