a black and white selfie by David James with shadow across face

David James, From Belfast, UK @davidjamesshiels

What was the situation in which this photo was taken?

I was in the house, playing around with my camera and noticed the shadow across my face, from the window frame. I used it to my advantage, to take a unique selfie, a mysterious but simple selfie.

Could you tell us something about what you do?

I am currently in full time employment, doing admin stuff, however I aspire work within the media industry, I just don’t know exactly which particular avenue I want to pursue.

How did you first become interested in it?

I became interested in the media industry when I studied media studies in school, I continued to study media production as further education.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I enjoy the interactivity. In my current job, there are continuous changes, almost everyday, which bring new challenges.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am currently going through a 6 week transformation personal training programme, to help me achieve my “dream body”.

What are the challenges in what you do, and how do you overcome them?

The main challenges I find in doing the job I’m in, is to stay motivated, as its not something I want to pursue, therefore I find it hard to find the reasons to stay in the job. However I realise that not everything comes to us at once, and some things take time and patience.

Could you describe your personal style?

I would consider my style to be black. I like almost everything black. I find it hard not to wear dark colours, there’s just something so simple and elegant about the colour black.

What is your present state of mind?

I am currently in the mind frame of: “onwards and upwards”. In other words, live in the present and stop dwelling on yesterday’s troubles. Look forward to the future, without worrying or being anxious. Just be present in the now and make sure what ever I’m doing today brings me a little bit closer to where I want to be.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

I like most genres of music, I mainly listen to the charts.

Which artists or designers inspire you?


What is the purpose of art, in your view?

Art is an expression that you can do in anyway or with anything. It’s one thing I find, no matter what you do, you can never be told, “no you’ve done that wrong”. Cause art is your interpretation of what you’re trying to express through the piece.

How do you spend your free time?

I mainly spend my free time surrounded by friends and close ones. I enjoy being sociable and relaxing in good company.

A black and white photo of a cup of tea
A black and white selfie pic of David James