Ashley O’Sheehan photographs the female DJ’s and producers shaping Bristol’s music scene
Words by Ashley O'Sheehan
My work often centres around women. I give them a voice by telling their stories through documentary style imagery - portraiture in particular. Yet, to successfully tell this story, it meant I had to do more than just photograph a series of portraits.
In response to the notorious male domination in the music industry, I placed my focus on some of the hard-working female DJ’s and producers who are heavily involved in Bristol’s music scene. I believe it’s incredibly important for everyone to get the rocognition they deserve, so, with their support, I based my project on these inspirational ladies. Together we make the journey to our well-earned place, alongside men, in the creative industries and society.
Along with various admirable female creatives - those who are musically talented and others who are artistically gifted, we collaborated to produce a body of work which celebrates and empowers us women.
As a publisher and Community Interest Company, TRIP is dedicated to showcasing unconventional stories that may otherwise be overlooked. We aim to give a platform to the unseen and a microphone to the ignored. Expression is a right and should not be confined to those that can afford to work for free; which is why we strive to support a diverse range of creatives in their work, commissioning exciting projects and creatives to visualize them.
Founded as a magazine in 2013 by photographer, Dean Davies, TRIP was born from a desire to provide opportunity and exposure for image-makers across multiple platforms and medias. With a focus on people and place, in 5 years TRIP gained a loyal readership, and became known for its honest image output and representation of the underrepresented, featuring over 800 image-makers from across the world through a website, 5 magazines and 3 free zines.
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