Carolyn West is a freelance photographer, filmmaker, writer and communications consultant based in East London. While some might refer to her as a content creator, she likes to swiftly remind people that she’s been in the game well before Instagram became a thing.
Amongst the many hats she wears, and industries she dabbles in, Carolyn specialises in travel, lifestyle, portraiture and fashion. Her ultimate goal is to be strapped to a helicopter photographing a volcanic eruption and be able to call it work.
Since photographing her first fashion week at the ripe age of 17, Carolyn has since snapped collections by Alex Perry, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dion Lee, and Romance Was Born. Carolyn had her first solo exibition, titled Deluded Youth on Hardware Lane, Melbourne in 2012, and has interviewed the likes of American writer, editor, singer and actress, Tavi Gevinson, author and keynote speaker, Brian Solis, and Silicon Valley start up strategist, Robert Scoble.
After a brief stint studying Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, Carolyn went on to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Media Communication & Public Relations at Deakin University. She evolved from poor student and daytime barista to full-fledged girl boss status before her final exams and was too busy working from a beach in Hawaii to attend her graduation. Priorities.
Art can be difficult to understand, and even more challenging to capture. To distil something and capture all the intricacies in a 2D medium is no easy feat, yet, Carolyn somehow manages to do this, supporting the art she is photographing by revealing something we, the audience, may easily have missed. Her attention to detail and striking emotion within her shots makes her work a pleasure to reflect on.
In 2018, Carolyn swapped Fitzroy coffee shops for Hackney warehouses and made the move to East London. Somewhat inspired by her never ending lust for travel and adventure, and born out of a place of boredom with the Australian creative climate, Carolyn now works with clients across the UK, Europe, America and Australia from her humble Hackney flat. Like all good workaholics, Carolyn survives off several strong cups of coffee a day, enjoys long walks around art galleries, and hanging out at secret jazz bars. She’s also a tad obsessed with Hawaii.
The Kore Directive, London
Caffeine Magazine, London
For Working Ladies, London
Stoke Travel Co, Barcelona
Pivot Summit, Australia
Select Model Management, London
The Greens Victoria, Australia
Deakin University, Australia
Broadsheet Melbourne, Australia
Style Melbourne, Australia
Longflint Drinks, London
Gordon's Gin, London
The Urban List, Australia
Pacific Coffee Co, Hawaii
GT Magazine • Geelong (2013 & 2014)
The Geelong Advertiser • Geelong (2014)
Spook Magazine • Australia (2012)
Carolyn is available year-round for national and international commissions, collaborations and creative adventures. She is currently living in East London, with plans to travel to Germany, France, Hawaii, NYC, Iceland and Australia in the near future. If you would like to get in touch, please leave a message below or email firstname.lastname@example.org