University of Plymouth
BA Creative media
My name is Ayla Mung'au, I was born in the north of England in 2001, and I am half Kenyan and half British. Despite only getting into photography and film specifically at the age of 15, I have always been a very visual person, always preferring comic books over plain written novels, and always being drawn to anything in school that allowed me to play with my imagination such as art and creative writing. Outside of school, I've always presented myself in my own way with my alternative style often projecting itself into my work. When it comes to my work, I juggle my passions for both film and photography, most of my subjects being teenagers or people who could be seen as "outsiders"; mostly both. My reasoning for this is because it's what I most relate to. Growing up as the only mixed race girl for miles and also one of the only people who enjoyed dressing differently has inspired to me go out and search for other people who may feel the same way and get their face out there not only for their gain but also to show others that they're not the only person who feels different; something that I didn't really have as I was growing up. Due to this, most of my recurring models are either LGBT+, part of an alternative fashion community, or have something about them that makes them stand out. This isn't to say I only photograph/film people who clearly stand out, truly I find all people interesting even if they don't.
Slagshack, Plymouth — Cast photographer October 2021 - November 2021 - Worked with/for the drag collective “Slagshack”. - Recorded a drag night and took photographs of the cast members to be used for future marketing. - Left with more confidence in my skill sets and the confidence in being the one in charge and directing people. John Tomkins - Emberlense, Torquay — Crew Member February 2020 -Worked as a crew member for Torquay Museum’s 175th anniversary documentary film for a one day shoot. -Interviewed some key members of the museum staff. -Left with a better confidence in presenting on camera and a better ability to work as part of a team. Madeline Eaton — Assistant DP May 2018 -Worked alongside a DP for a program about buildings for Channel 4. -Handled professional audio recording equipment and cameras. -Left with knowledge on how to use sound equipment and a know-how on how to conduct interviews. With An i Productions, Dartington — Runner May 2018 -Worked as a runner on the short film “Bellmouth”. -Experienced how to organize a crew and had the opportunity to conversate about people’s positions and what was involved for them. -Left with better knowledge of how to plan a film shoot and a fuller idea of what could go into filmmaking.