BlueSpit (Shingi Rice) : Behind The Lens

One of the warmest energies I've felt exude so strongly, even whilst behind the computer screen, belongs to multi faceted powerhouse creative- Shingi Rice. She's an illustrator, stylist and photographer.

Below you can read what inspires her, her journey as a creative, as well as a snippet of advice from her to you:

 

Name/Age/Location/Pronoun:

Shingi Rice, 24, London, UK/Andalucia, Spain/She,Her
What’s the story behind the your creative journey and where did it all start?

It all began as a young teen, I picked up a camera my parents had lying around the house. It wasn’t a serious hobby until i turned 18. at 20 i had open heart surgery and I then knew that this was my passion and that it would be, the rest of my life.
On a daily basis what are your go-to references for inspiration?

My main source of inspiration stems from my roots. It's my main focus all the time.

Where do you see yourself and your art/work/career in the future?

Travelling the globe, capturing beautiful souls and inspiring others to do what they love, with a passion.
There's a widely acknowledged mold which African parents think or expect their children to fit into- and it usually leans more towards left-brain oriented careers/passions like being a lawyer or doctor or accountant etc. How easy was it for you to pursue a creative career?

It was easier for me, I guess, because my parents saw my passion. Also, I'm very determined and don’t listen- so I got my way. Also my father is white Irish/British and is a chef, which I think is also creative path, so he helped a lot too. He told my mother “Let her do what she wants to do, otherwise she will hate herself and you forever.” I guess that kind of freaked my mother out. Also my mother is very supportive anyway, she said maybe it was better to do an academic career and maybe fall back on photography and styling as a hobby (i also do illustration), but she started seeing the “success” and really rooted for me!

What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learn thus far, as a creative? What advice would you give to emerging African creatives and those in the African diaspora?

I've learnt that consistency is key. I’d say work really really hard, because, not only do we need more african representation in the contemporary art world but maybe your peers will see your passion like my parents did and support you all the way!

 

See more of her work on her Instagram
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