Lauren's LPA folio.
Student Lauren Alderman won the series Bronze whilst still studying Fashion Photography at Southampton Solent University. “Since winning the bronze prize, the LPA has given me great exposure that would not have been possible otherwise,” she says.
The images that won Lauren the Bronze prize were part of a University project. The brief was to produce thirty photographs to highlight a decade of fashion. Lauren chose to explore a decade of Elizabethan fashion, drawn to its eccentric designs and elaborate costumes. She looked into surrealism when brainstorming ideas for her shoots, then sourced obscure locations and created outfits from paper. This approach resulted in the winning images.
“I have hugely enjoyed the three years of studying as it has given me the chance to push myself creatively and has helped to define my signature style,” Lauren says.
“I studied fashion design at sixth form college for two years; this helped to produce clothing for styling my photo shoots.” After completing her degree, she will move to London to pursue a career in Fashion Photography, initially aiming to assist a photographer. One of her main goals is to photograph high profile fashion advertising campaigns.
One of Lauren’s biggest influences is Tim Walker, whom she met in my first year at University. “His passion and imagination is truly spectacular,” Emma says, “and I feel we work in the same way: the model becomes part of the image as a whole and is not the sole focus of the photograph.
Lauren thinks photography competitions are hugely significant to anyone in the industry, as they provide great exposure and recognition as well as acting as a platform to fast-track winners’ careers.