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Bright young things: Photographer Zac Patsalides

PUBLISHED: 00:38 21 March 2012 | UPDATED: 21:12 20 February 2013

Bright young things: Photographer Zac Patsalides

Bright young things: Photographer Zac Patsalides

Northgate High School sixth form student Zac Patsalides, 16, has been taking photographs for less than a year but is already staging his own solo exhibition

Northgate High School sixth form student Zac Patsalides, 16, has been taking photographs for less than a year but is already staging his own solo exhibition





How long have you been interested in taking photographs?


I got my first camera in the last year of GCSE but my interest really started when my Dad bought me my first film camera, a Pentax ME. Shooting on film makes you more conscious of what youre taking youve only got 36 chances, whereas on digital, you can take hundreds of photos and then choose the best ones. I love the excitement of processing a film and discovering photographs youd forgotten youd taken. I love seeing my photographs magically appear in the developing tray.



What are your favourite subjects?


Probably people, theyve got to be the most interesting. I like my photos to be busy with lots of other things though. When you photograph people, youre capturing a moment that will never happen again, a moment when the subject reveals themselves.



Who are your photographic influences?


My teacher Ian Cross has a lot of influence on my work as well as my parents, friends and my girlfriend Lucy. For my latest photo series Keep It Local I feel I was influenced by photographer Saul Leiter, whose work I very much admire.



Youre still in sixth form but already youre staging your own exhibition. How did this come about?


After shooting my Keep It Local series, I printed a few photos to give to the businesses Id photographed. I went into town with my friend Hannah and dropped in at her mum Cathys shop Loveone. Cathy loved my shots and after a short discussion I ended up with the chance to stage my own exhibition. Since then Ive spent a lot of time taking photos and in the darkroom. Im surprised Im not suffering from a lack of vitamin D!



Obviously you enjoy photography, but what other subjects are you studying?


Im also studying Art, English Language and Psychology. I really enjoy art and my teacher Mr Beattie has helped me a lot. I would love to pursue art as well but I dont have the patience of a painter, thats why I think Im well suited to photography. But dont get me wrong, you still need a lot of patience spending hours in that darkroom.



What are your ambitions for the future?


I would like to go to London to do a photography degree followed by a Masters at Central St Martins, all the while doing freelance photography to earn my keep. But from there Im not entirely sure. Ultimately I would love to work as a photojournalist. I guess Ill just keep plugging away, waiting for that big break.



Where can people go to see your work?


People can view my work at my solo exhibition at Loveone, 21 St Peters Street, Ipswich from March 20 to April 3. Come down and support your local traders, photographed by a local photographer. My photos can also be found at www.flickr.com/patsalides.

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