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Skye Reed

BA (Hons) Fashion Photography
Graduated 2022

Tell us a bit about what you’ve been up to since finishing your degree.
I had the pleasure of being offered an artist in residency role at Solent after I graduated, which has allowed me to continue developing my skills and widening my body of work. My work is based on a personal vision, so it was an amazing opportunity to have further support for that development after I finished the course. University taught me a lot, not just technically, but personally and socially too. It’s been an amazing experience since then to put those skills into practice on my own timeline. I’m grateful to have been able to create work that has been published in Selin magazine, Creative Head Mag, Magnet magazine, Look Deeper zine, and hopefully more to be confirmed soon. I have collaborated with lots of new creative people, including my friend Jack Mead, Elena Jackson, various professional models, other graduates and industry professionals, as well as new talented students.

What do you enjoy most about your role?
I really enjoy that I can still continue to collaborate with like-minded people; obviously when at university you are in a space to facilitate that, but I have equally loved meeting an even wider variety of people as a graduate, outside of an educational setting. 

What’s your favourite memory from your time at Solent?
Some of my fondest memories at university happened because of the extensive resources provided. I always had so much fun learning about new equipment, or when Chris would let us explore such an array of different camera lenses at one time. The practicality of the course really suited me and helped me connect with my peers and tutors. All of the people leading the course genuinely inspired and supported me, which moved me as an individual. 

What advice would you give to those wanting to follow in your footsteps?
I truly believe university is a different experience for everybody, and I think it’s important to learn what works for you and to always trust that you know what is best for yourself. But in my experience, you get out what you put in. So maybe that would be my advice.