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.
A zine by photographer, Ashley O’Sheehan captures the multi sensory experience of visiting late night fast food restaurants
Words by Ashley O'Sheehan
Those of us who are partial to a kebab after a few pints will know that enjoying the greasy, meat filled flatbread under the beautifully tacky glow of neon lights makes the whole multi sensory experience far more interesting.
Until that point in the night, when a savoury, fatty snack calls, we have spent our evening in dimly lit pubs, bars and even darker clubs. The moment we enter these fast food restaurants, we are met with the bright harsh fluorescent lighting that illuminates everything from the stainless steel flat top cooker and that Coca-Cola fridge in the corner to the other night crawlers, who too appear like deer in headlights. Each reveller will undergo the eye squinting, covering of the face and quick, discreet glance into anything reflective to check their appearance. We take comfort in the fact that we can soon bring our kebab back out onto the streets, where we are most content. Here, we enjoy the late night nibble, gathered with friends once again, under the beautifully tacky glow of the neon lights.
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