BIG THINGS AHEAD: FFION

June 10, 2011

ffion is part of the next generation of photographers privileged to grow up with the ease of digital and the freedom to experiment with film. her website, a-stop photography, represents rising young photographers around the world that share her aesthetic, exploring “the significance of life, suspension, time, magic, silence, beauty and light.” she chooses images and accepts submissions from her flickr group and compiles her favorites into short runs of printed zines, which she sells online. it’s a process of discovering and sharing that transcends the boundaries of the screen and creates the ultimate harmony between real and virtual that is defining a generation: internet and real-world friendships; digital and film photos; blogs and zines; email and airmail. in ffion’s words, “we can make things and do things!“, a simple concept that we often forget.

check out ffion’s flickr for her own photos and the a-stop site & blog to explore featured photographers and the most current zine, “THERE’S ROOM.”

Name: Ffion [feeeee-on!]

Age: Seventeen

Hometown: A little higgledy piggeldy town in the UK

Where are you right now? How’d you get there? Stirred and inspired by all the photography I get to see and the people I come across on my non-stop journey along the waves of the internet, A Stop was born as a Flickr group last year. The name is suggestive of a moment in time: a pause for breath, in between one thing and the next. As well as captivating me and serving as a personal archive, the group and blog have grown to become a place for many people to showcase their own work and creations.

The first project was creating a book, consisting of 100 different photographs, mostly analog, from 100 different photographers worldwide. These were selected from the Flickr group, but as time has gone on and since the building of the website, people have begun to submit work to projects themselves, which is truly an honour. Right now now, the fourth project has just come to an end, this is a zine titled “THERE’S ROOM” containing photography from artists including Hudson Gardner, David WilsonMichael ten Pas, Kyle Scully and Michela Heim.

Where are you going? Just forwards. A Stop as an entity relies on participation, willingness, new ideas and creation from people everywhere, and although I am bringing publications together technically, I feel I am the one being driven by what happens around me and the art that people are generous and wonderful enough to put forward for inclusion. Every new member in the Flickr group or follower of the blog counts into making me feel big enormous pieces of happiness, and that we can make things and do things!

What will you be doing when you get there? In the future, I hope to still be creating small-scale zines and perhaps another book, more-real feeling this time with a hardcover and an snazzy little ISBN number. Ideally, it would be a home for not only images but words and other special things. Yes, bringing another book together will be the next thing on my mind after some terrifying exams are over this summer. A more general hope is for A Stop to continue growing and branching out into new fields alongside photography and to more people allllllllllllll overrrrrrrrrrr the world, allowing them to share what they create and to take a pause in the busy lives that we have.

How are you feeling? Are you excited? Nervous? Terrified? Thrilled? Most days I feel nervous. All the little mistakes I feel myself making along the way come together to frighten me. But today I am feeling excited and thankful: I am learning new things and constantly having flashes of renewed creativity and optimism.

ARE YOU READY? YEP!

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3 Responses to BIG THINGS AHEAD: FFION

  1. Ffion on June 11, 2011 at 2:22 am

    big big love!

  2. Hannah Nunn on June 13, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Wow! What a girl!

  3. Beth Nicholls on June 22, 2011 at 2:29 am

    So inspiring! Big things ahead for Ffion I am sure!

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