"Home and everyday photography" - Interview #4

Hello everyone !

No need to introduce the interviews anymore I guess!

After Vancouver, Tarrytown and Greensboro, we're in Europe today, in England, in Bath with Susannah from Ink on my fingers.

Here's what she says !

Photo by Susannah

1- What do you find inspiring in taking photographs of your home and your everyday life ?
I like to take pictures of what's around me - that might be the things in my home, the people i am with or the places i am visiting. I take photos to record my experiences, to make sense of what i am seeing and, at its most basic, to create pretty pictures! I am happiest when i have a camera in my hands, and i don't really mind what i photograph; I work from home so inevitably that is where my camera is most often pointed. I pay attention to what the light is doing, and on a sunny day, when my living room is full of light, i find myself itching to burn through a pack of Polaroid film. Even when I am out and about there is always something that catches my eye; I never leave the house without a camera in my bag!

2- Out of remembering, testifying, documenting, creating a vision, (other) ... what feels the most important to you ? Why ?
I take pictures to remember events and places, and to translate my thoughts and feelings into images. I find that the more i take photographs, the more my own vision matures, and even though that has never been a particularly conscious desire, it's great to be able to look back through my work and see the themes develop as the months and years pass.

3- What atmospheres and/or emotions do you try to create or to convey ?
The fact that i am drawn to recording dreamy light on Polaroid film means my images have an automatic nostalgia to them; I'm also very drawn to vintage things - mid-century furniture, 70s clocks, pottery, old cameras - which also adds to the retro feel. If i had to pick specific themes, I tend to go for off-beat and whimsical, and stillness and simplicity.

4- Do you like to look at photographs of other people's home and everyday life ? If so, what do you look for and appreciate in these photographs ?
Absolutely! I like the simple things - the way the light catches a spoon on a tabletop, a half-eaten bowl of pasta, a blooming magnolia tree or an artist's messy but oh-so-inspiring studio. Actually, artists are endlessly inspiring to me - i love to see their sketchbooks and the quirky stuff they keep on their shelves. I'm also really obsessed with shots of people's shoes :)

Many thanks to you, Susannah, for your answers !

Susannah is also on Flickr. She has a professional website, an Etsy shop. And she leads the incredible "Unravelling" e-courses !

I wish you a playful and creative day ;o)


mariga(z) said...

Quelle gaité se dégage de cette photo !!
Il faut absolumment que je prenne le temps d'admirer le FlikR de Susannah... et surtout remettre le lien de son blog (qui était déjà dans mon défunt netvibes !)... Merci Catherine !

Anonymous said...

Bravo pour ces interview qui sont une vraie source d'inspiration pour moi, qui aspire à progresser en photo (j'ai encore du boulot!)Je suivais ton/votre blog depuis un bout de temps (en silence) et désespérais de ne plus voir de nouvel article. Grâce à Sarah, j'ai heureusement retrouvé ta/votre nouvelle trace.

Parismages said...

@Marigaz. Susannah est une étoile de la photo ! Et son Flickr est une mine de beauté ;o)
@Spiruline. Remercions Sarah alors ! C'est vrai qu'il faudrait que je retourne mettre des indications plus claires ... Ravie de te retrouver ici ;o)