Effy Rose

Photographer | Artist

At the age of 8 I was handed my first camera, on my birthday to be exact. My parents took me and my older sister to Dudley Zoo and there I fell in love, the camera was only a point and click disposable film camera, but I was fascinated with the little thing; it was the first time I’d properly taken photographs (I actually still own some to this day). When I was 9 or 10 years old I visited my God Father in London City, there I was given my second camera; this time it was a reusable film camera that took special film (you could change the frame size). We spent a few days roaming around London City and once again I was in awe of my little camera (I still own most of the photographs I took to this day). I took that camera with me where ever I went; it visited Wales with me a good few times as I visited my Grandparents.

When I was 14 years old my Father handed me my first digital camera, an Olympus of sorts, it took 15 second videos (which was a huge deal at the time) and again, whenever I left the house, it came with me. At first, I mainly used it to take photographs of my friends, myself and our adventures together, until my family went to Spain for a holiday. There I started taking photographs of the wildlife around us and the landscapes, documenting our journey as we went, I guess that’s where you could say my love for photography truly started, even if I wasn’t fully aware of it yet.
As I grew up my Father handed me better cameras as he upgraded his (he’d buy a new camera and I’d get his old one). When I got my first DSLR, a Canon 60D, I wasn’t really sure what to do with it and for awhile it sat on the shelf, collecting dust as I continued to use my little Olympus. I don’t remember what made me pick it up, but I remember sitting down with my Father and him teaching me how to use it. From there onwards, I stuck with DSLR’s and regularly left the house to practice and show off my new skills (I was terrible haha). I took photographs of everything that caught my eye and practiced my portraiture skills on friends and my 3 pet rats.

As time went on my attachment to Photography grew and I knew it was something that I wanted to make a huge part of my life. I spent a lot of my teenage years documenting my life, my friends and taking photographs of bands live at local gigs. I then ended up getting into Band Photography for many years, working with several Irish Bands on Promo shoots, Magazine shoots, Album/EP covers, Live Performance Photography and Documentation. This than blossomed into Behind The Scene’s Photography for music videos and opened up the door to working on BTS for Short Films, which is something that I enjoy doing very much and will continue to love doing.

Along side my BTS Photography, I grew as a Fine-Art Photographer, this really picked up at the start of my health issues in 2012 and, although I don’t do it as much as I’d like to, I really do enjoy Portraiture and Photo-Manipulation Photography. I found my love for portraiture whilst studying Photography in Stillorgan College of Further Education, during a year long portfolio course (2010 – 2011); there I learnt how to use a studio equipment and very suddenly fell in-love with Studio Portraiture. During my time studying Photography in IADT (2011 – 2014), my health declined but my love for Portraiture Photography grew stronger. I spent endless hours in the studio practicing and then endless hours at outside of college learning how to take portraits outdoors and how to do photo-manipulations, something that I was extremely fascinated by.
As I grew as a college student, my health declined and I found myself starting to document my life even more, something that I’d always loved but never thought much about; until I was stuck in hospital for a week and I’d a college project that required me not to be stuck in hospital. It was my 2nd year of college and we had to make a book, my plan was to do a beautiful Fine-Art-Portraiture book, but my plans changed and Hospital Diaries was born, as so was the birth of the type of Photography I love doing to this day; simple, minimal and concise, this form of photography now shows itself through every piece that I create.