In Conversation With: Kitty Riddell

How long have you been taking photos for?
I've been taking photos since I was about 15 years old, it started out when I started exploring the dark room at my high school where my teacher first introduced me to using film and processing my own prints. I took an instant liking to it and since then I haven't been able to put a camera down, always sizing up moments and documenting them through the lens.

What style of photography interests you most?
I've never been much of a 'fashion photographer' although I've done a few shoots, my main interest has always been documentary based photography, capturing moments as they happen and as they present themselves to me in everyday life whether it be of my friends and family or total strangers.

Why do you choose to shoot primarily with film over digital?
The reason I choose to shoot film over digital has always gone hand in hand with both the restrictions and freedom that come with using film. On one hand it can be so representative of a moment and for me convert that moment into how I saw it at the time, but on the other hand you can always be surprised by it. When you have a light leak or the colours and light have a life of their own or even the fact you're limited to 24-36 frames per roll -  you have to take those shots with care and really decide then and there whether it's worth using your film up for or not. There's also a bit of a rush, like a kid at Christmas waiting to open their gifts when waiting for the film to come back - you just have no idea how it's going to turn out!

What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I don't have anything currently in the pipelines project wise, although I did publish my first book this year in collaboration with a Korean publisher SSE (which you can buy here) it's a book of all my most loved portraits over the years. I have a few more ideas for books and projects which I'm currently working on at the moment, so bringing those to life is the next step!

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