From sculpting characters out of play dough to pretending to be a fairy, Laura–Amy Beresford’s early childhood comprised of a world of magic, imagination and wonder. Once she got her hands on a polaroid camera, her excitement led to a keen interest. After saving for her first digital camera, Laura-Amy began to explore her creative process and this has led her to where she is today – a photographer passionate about capturing the otherworldly in the everyday. I had the opportunity to interview Laura-Amy, model for her and get our shoot published in Beau Nu Magazine – so I certainly count myself three times lucky!
What is your earliest creative memory?
I have always been creative in some way, I remember sculpting characters out of play dough, drawing people with crayons and running around the playground at primary school playing fairies.
How did you get into photography?
I was gifted a small polaroid camera at a very young age and I remember being so excited about being able to make pictures with this little purple contraption. I suppose subconsciously that I have always been into capturing my life andI was lucky enough to have a family that encouraged documenting. At school, we had a credit system that allowed you to ‘buy’ rewards, I saved so hard so that I could buy myself my first digital camera! I still have it tucked away now! I really got into photography creatively when I was about 13 or 14 years old and started art classes. I remember researching artists on the computers in the school library and coming across creative pictures of models and became obsessed with it! The rest is history!
What is it about photography that motivates you?
I love that photography is a medium that allows you to express yourself in whatever way that you want to, using the real world as a guide. For me, that started with documenting my travels, to later expressing my imagination through ‘fairytale’ and history-inspired photography.
What is your most beloved fairytale and why?
It is hard to say exactly which fairytale is my favourite as I have loved many throughout my life! The Little Mermaid and Cinderella particularly stand out in my mind. It is funny though, as I have yet to create anything based on those tales! I love Cinderella and the lessons that can be learned from it, such as always being kind, no matter how people treat you and that you should always try to believe in yourself. I also think it shows that even if some do not appreciate you (Cinderella’s step family, for example), other people will (the Prince), so do not give up! The Little Mermaid teaches also that your voice matters: to dream big and not look back. And most importantly, it teaches you that you do not have to follow the path that others expect of you.
How has photography developed you as a person?
It has developed my confidence immensely! I actually used to be quite quiet as a teenager, probably a bit of a wallflower! Photography helped me blossom into someone that can connect with anyone as I have had the opportunity to meet and photograph so many lovely people over the years! Not to mention, being a photographer is always a conversation starter!
How do you come up with your ideas? What is your methodology in working?
My ideas come from inspiration in my everyday life; I absorb lots of information around me and then try to develop them in a visual form, especially with my more concept based work. So anything from books, music or even an emotion can spur me onto creating with a theme in mind!
If you could photograph anyone in the world, who would it be?
There are so many people I would love to photograph, it would be hard to pick! I always enjoy photographing people with big souls, though.