Interview: Emilia Cocking

Who is Emilia Cocking?

I’m an English Photographer/Designer interested in the subtle coincidences that can occur within daily routine and everyday landscapes. My work relies on colour, composition and form and I try not to overcomplicate my images both visually and conceptually.

From the series “Spaces”

Where are you from and where do you live now?

I’m originally from Kent, South East England and have just recently moved back there after three years studying at Arts University Bournemouth and two years living in London and France.

What is your typical kind of day like, if there’s such a thing for you as a typical kind of day?

I’ve spent the last couple of years experimenting with different career paths and freelancing in different jobs so I tend not to have a typical routine. A working day for me has differed from designing the Christmas tree at the top of the tallest building in London to hand modelling in food photography..!

From the series “The Office”

I especially like your series ‘Spaces’, the symmetry and the composition are totally on point. What inspired you most with those locations; were they places you had already been before or did you randomly find yourself there? What was the process?

Thank you so much, I’m really glad you enjoy the series. ‘Spaces’ is definitely the most planned and thought out series I’ve produced, but the very first image stemmed from finding myself in a Doctor’s Surgery and the feelings of anticipation that arose from being almost in-between an event both in a literal and psychological sense. Once I’d made the first image I scouted out similar interiors to make a complete series.

From the series “Spaces”

From the series "Spaces"

From the series “Spaces”

From the series "Spaces"

From the series “Spaces”

From the series "Spaces"

From the series “Spaces”

There’s something really beautiful and precise with your photos. It’s like you always find the right composition or that one element that will complete the photograph. And it’s oddly satisfying! Do you make a selection of objects or specific areas that you choose to capture in those locations?

Again, thank you! It’s great that you picked up on the satisfying and precise aspect to my compositions, because that’s definitely how I approach the image making process. The camera for me is a way to make sense of my surroundings and I will often select small fragments or corners of a larger area in order to simplify my immediate environment.

From the series “Green”

From the series “Green”

About your collaboration with ASOS, how did it happen?

I worked in Graphic Design at ASOS for a while after graduating from University (even though my degree was actually Photography). It was a completely crazy and really fun experience that I took so much away from – my graphic design work has definitely influenced my approach towards photography in terms of colour combinations and sharper compositions.

Emilia Cocking for ASOS

What is, in your opinion, your biggest accomplishment career-wise?

I wouldn’t say that I have one stand out accomplishment so far in my career, but every time someone contacts me or takes an interest in my work it’s the most amazing feeling. To know that people are seeing your images and enjoying them is really what it’s all about for me!

What would be the artistic project or collaboration of your dreams?

I would absolutely love to take on a project in the USA; I’m so inspired by American Photographers like William Eggleston, Ed Ruscha and Walker Evans so it would be a dream to be able to explore the landscapes that they photographed.


Emilia Cocking
Photographer/Graphic Designer based in London, UK.
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