True Boden: Five Killer Questions
21 July 2016
Last week we linked up with Newquay Tretherras School and had one of their students; True Boden come spend a week with us for his work experience. It can be quite daunting arriving at a studio when you're 15 years old but from the first day True arrived he nailed it and settled in like we had known him for years. Already a passionate photographer with a preference for 35mm film, we lined up a week of commercial and 35mm film shoots and asked True to answer our 5 Killer Questions at the end of the week.
Here's what went down:
Part of the experience of coming to us is learning all about studio life in the real world sense so the students and interns get an opportunity to see exactly what its like. We are currently working on the new brand for a local client called Babel Fish Language School. These guys combine teaching english with doing activities in and around Cornwall. It was a perfect opportunity for True to get out there in the field and shadow us as we shot lifestyle imagery around the Pentire Headland in Newquay.
With the experience of being part of a commercial shoot under his belt, we decided to set True a 35mm film task, we knew he was a fan of urban photography so a Canon AV-1 and a Minolta MR-7 were loaded with Ilford film and out onto the streets of Newquay we went! Free from the constraints of shooting commercially, the images below are a small selection of True's work.
Five Killer Questions:
What three words would you choose to describe yourself?
Creative, willing and punctual.
Why did you choose Mackie Studio for your work experience?
I first found out about Mackie Studio when my form tutor suggested the name Karl Mackie to me when I was searching for a photography/design based work experience week. I then browsed through Karl’s photography realising a lot of his photographs he has displayed have a very similar look to what I am interested in. Karl has used a lot of film photography in his work which I am planning to carry out with in the future.
What was your favourite part/project of your work experience?
My favourite part of the work experience week was when myself and Karl went out into the town to shoot black and white urban themed photography with the Canon AV-1 camera and Minolta SR-7 which are both vintage film cameras. The next day me and Karl got the films developed at Wadebridge and then we went back to the studio in Newquay which then we managed to scan the negatives.
Tell us one useful experience you learnt for the future?
I have learnt many things whilst I have been with Karl at the studio. One of them being the simple camera basics and the difference between shutter priority and aperture. I have found out that getting a degree isn’t as important as having the experience of this type of career. I’ve also learnt the reality of commercial shoots for an official company’s website.
Outside of work and study where can we find you online?
I don’t have my own website for my work so I use my Instagram account to present my photography:
Work experience is an invaluable part of school life as is internships. If you want to experience what we do here visit our internship page for more information.