Welcome to the 2nd instalment of our 365ers series. A selection of interviews with some of the cool kids around 365 Project. This week we have the wonderful Tiffany giving us an insight in to her creative mind.
Tell us a little bit about yourselfI am 20 years old. I call Auburn, AL my hometown. I will be attending the Savannah College of Art and Design in the fall. I work as a photographer for a local newspaper and for Village Photographers photographing graduation ceremonies across Georgia and Alabama.
What made you want to do the 365 Project?My fiance is a photographer. He told me about the 365 Project and begged me to try it. I am so glad I did! I have only been photographing seriously since January 1st, when I began this project. Through this I have found a new passion and even changed my major from Illustration to Photography.
What type of camera do you shoot with? Would you recommend it?I was given a Canon Rebel XT and I love it! It has a few ocassional problems just because it is older but I would definitely recommend it. I'm not going to lie though, I have to use a Nikon at work and I could really go either way.
If you had to choose one lens and one other camera accessory what would they be and why?I learned on a 50 mm 1.8 lens and it has been great. My one accessory would have to be a flash umbrella.
I've always struggled coming up with new ideas, this is partly why I love your crazy view on life, could you try and explain how things like this come along...I will warn you, there is not much method to my madness. I am just a very random person but I will try my best.
I was inspired by everyone's responses to the Alphabet Challenge. I started out my alphabet project wanting to do the very obvious, child-like answers (A is for Apple, B is for Boat, C is for Cat, etc . . .) For this photo 'B is for Boat', I knew I wanted to use one of the puppies from my mom's dog's litter before they left for their new homes. I found a little wooden boat at the craft store for two dollars and my sister had this great idea to use a boa for the waves and this is what you get.
My Mom bought me a book, 150 Projects to Strengthen Your Photography Skills by John Easterby. I was really inspired by Project # 27 'Create a Low-Budget Still-Life' where there was an example photo of a still life created using toy soldiers. The photographer used a very shallow depth of field to give the illusion that this toy scene was a real one. My beach scene was created using sand, blue plastic with water dripped on top, red paper to make the bucket and shovel and cut ribbon to make beach towels. I used the shallow DOF and shot from a low angle so the water drops would look like waves. The whole scene was about the size of a sheet of printer paper.
I found these ugly orange shoes on mega-clearance and I knew I had to use them for something! At first, the plan was to put them on my roomate for a colorful pin-up shot but somehow I ended up gluing hundreds of gumballs in them instead. Lol. I plan to finish the candy legs all the way up to thigh-level some day.
Is there a particular style of photography you most enjoy?I love studio photography. More specifically, I like taking photographs using things I constructed. I have always loved crafts and I like to be hands-on in constructing my own sets.
Is there anybody or anything you would love to photograph?Elephants! In the wild. They are the most amazing creatures to me.
Originally you were a painter right?, and I know you're studying hard at the moment, so what would you like to be doing in 5 years from now?I have no idea. I'd love to be a photographer's assistant for a bit. As of right now, my ultimate goal is to have my own portrait studio . . . preferably a dog-portrait studio, but I'm sure my ideas will change.
What 1 tip would you give to any aspiring 365 photographers?Do not let it become a chore! Try finding simple inspiration from the challenges posted in the forums if you start to lose interest. If the 365 project begins making you dread taking pictures, take a break and pick it up again later.
Could you share a few of your own favourite pictures?
Anything you'd like to plug?My official Portfolio Website: LittleRedillustration.comMy Blog: TiffanyEverett.wordpress.com
A big thank you to Tiffany for answering a few of our questions, why not check out a few more of her pictures over on her project here.
If you enjoyed this interview, take a look at last weeks interview with Carl Rice