Dip a Toe into Hazel Gaskin's World
Although interested in photography from a young age, Hazel Gaskin didn’t have the option to study it while growing up in Ireland. So it wasn’t until she was 19 and took a trip to Japan, her first “proper camera” in hand, that she discovered a love for the craft.
“I just couldn’t stop taking pictures,” she recalls. “I was there for a month and found everything around me so inspiring. That’s when things fell into place and I decided it was what I wanted to do.”
Rather than go for a degree, she began working as an assistant to photographers, gaining experience on the job until she was ready to strike out on her own.
Today, Gaskin works as a photographer and videographer in London shooting fashion and other editorial work. She describes her style as documentary, seeking to find the beauty in the real world. It’s an aesthetic she brings to her fashion shoots as well. “Editorial work is usually a team effort, so it’s about forming ideas together,” she says. “But I always try to make it feel real.”
While tight deadlines can require a digital workflow, when possible, Gaskin prefers to shoot on film.