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352mc Professional Photographic Practice: Talk by Jaskirt Dhaliwal about our approach into the professional world of photography

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Earlier today Jaskirt Dhaliwal took the time to talk to a small group of us about our approach into the professional world of photography.  Something which is rapidly drawing closer.

Although I knew that Jaskirt was a photographer I did not realise just how much work she had completed and more to the point, still had ongoing.  Her experience with the BBC Asian Network and as a cruse ship photographer were all vital in her personal development.  Getting her to where she is today.  Jaskirt was very honest about the pros and cons of each role which she had worked in.

Throughout the talk we were shown a large range of Jaskirt’s projects.  These ranged from women’s football to taking images of those involved within the asian music scene.  What all these projects had in common was the fact that they were all projects that she was deeply passionate about.  It was easy to see how Rineke Dijkstra has been a massive influence on her work.  Jaskirt often uses a shallow depth of field to isolate the subject from their surroundings.  She also discussed the different mediums which were used for the projects.  Explaining the advantages and disadvantages of both.

It was a great afternoon spent chatting to a former graduate from the university.  She stressed the importance of being driven by the projects that you start, stating that ‘You have to be passionate about your project or else it won’t work’.


Written by Dean O'Brien

February 2, 2012 at 11:35 pm

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