Omar Khaleel: shoot as much as possible!

Tell us a bit about your background, when did your interest in photography start and where did you study photography?

I am a British Yemeni born and raised in Birmingham. I got into photography in 2015 when I transferred over to visual communication – photography at Birmingham city university.

How did your studies help you?

My studies were an introduction into photography coming from a sports and graphic design background.

What are you doing now?

I am currently freelancing as a visual artist specialising in digital photography, film photography and art direction.

What or who influences your work?

I am mainly influenced by culture, surroundings, art and music.

What is your approach to making work?

Planning and keeping an updated portfolio that’s always ready at hand to show future/potential clients.

Can you describe your work (and the project shown), how do you make your work?

I would describe my work at fashion documentary and portraiture. I have added 5 images that I would say describe me and my work to date. Cultural, commercial, luxurious and sports.

What do you think is the future of image-making and photography?

I would hopefully see more creative, innovative and technically brilliant work!

What do you think is the role of art?

Art is for of form of communication that can be told and showcased in many different forms.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Shooting more global campaigns and continuing what I am already doing.

How do you see your work developing?

Development will come with more opportunity and constantly shooting and creating with clients.

Do you have any advice for current students?

Shoot as much as possible! Focus on your skill and be more confident with your camera and understanding light!

What is the most useful advice you have received?

Breaking images down was the most crucial advice I had learnt at university.