BA (Hons) Commercial Photography graduates have been talking to AUB after their London Summer Shows. Here Faysal Hassan discusses his work
Can you tell me about your work?
My whole work, in terms of what I personally stand for, has always been about empowerment for females. I always love to make women look really powerful within my imagery. That really stems from the values that I respect in terms of the strongest women in my life. That comes from my mum, my nan and my auntie. It has been the backbone of my work and it is the reason it has taken the trajectory it has. In my whole aesthetic I like it to be dark but I love the contrast with colours. So if someone is photographed against a darker wall or a darker background there’ll be a lot of fusion with colours – bright fluorescent reds, yellows, oranges. They really bring in that tension and that comes in from my cultural side of things. I was born in England but my mum was born in Pakistan where there’s a very colourful and vibrant culture. I wanted to bring that aesthetic within it as well.
How have you found the last three years at AUB?
It’s been life-changing. It’s been an absolute journey – definitely the best thing I’ve done 100 per cent. I definitely wouldn’t change anything about it for the world and I could only encourage more people to go to uni. A lot of people think they’re going to get in debt, but university is 100 per cent way more than a degree itself. It’s what it does for you on an individual basis and I think that’s the most important thing. You learn so many different things about yourself and it’s such a life lesson – I think that’s the most important thing about it. I have evolved so much as a person – my mind is entirely open now. Nothing really fazes me any more – I’ve just learnt to live the world without any judgement until I know the person myself and not to get involved in certain situations that don’t affect me. University has definitely been the greatest thing I’ve done.
What are you plans now you’ve finished?
I’ve got a few things in the pipeline. I’ve got a few events booked and I’ve got a few bookings from some fashion companies as well as some campaigns that I’m set to photograph. I’m excited and optimistic for what lies ahead.
Find out more about BA (Hons) Commercial Photography at AUB.