Carli, you trained as a fashion Designer. What made you change to photography?
I studied fashion and garment construction as an ND and loved it however following a year out after college I decided I wanted to explore something different in terms of experimenting visually, so got stuck in and completed a BA Hons Photography Degree. I always liked photography but I am not one of those photographers ‘who picked up a camera at 2 and here I am’ kind of thing!
What do you feel is the most challenging in photography?
Distinguishing yourself from others. The industry has changed a lot and there are a lot of people out there calling themselves photographers nowadays with little training or experience and an idea it’s a quick way to make money. Personally I believe not only do you have to be technically efficient but also you have to have an eye for it, a talent and an artistic bone running through you. Creativity is key.
When did you first pick up a camera?
Goodness I can’t remember, those cool plastic kid ones weren't about when I was little!
What is your favourite camera and/or lense?
I haven't used enough of a range to say plus it changes depending on what I am doing. I like to use the Canon 5d Mark2 and I love a 28-300mm lens. I have however just got a Holga which is a toy Medium Format camera and that is great, so different and fun, it makes you shoot with more freedom!
Where do you find inspiration?
All over the place really but I read a lot, both theoretical books (mainly on identity, fashion, advertising and gender!) and also I spend a disgusting amount on fashion and art magazines!!
How would you describe your photographic style?
Ooo that’s a good one. I like to ask questions with my photography so hopefully the images do that, as well as answering the clients’ needs! I don’t do ‘polished’ imagery, it tends to be softer if that means anything.
What attracted you in this project with bagatelles&co?
I love fashion for a start so that got me straight away and I am just keen to keep involved with people in that industry, be it designers, stylists, make up artists or models. I also have a weakness for bags and these are rather lovely!
The photoshoot was great fun, what was the best part of the day for you?
Yes it was, everyone was lovely. The best part of the day is usually just after the first 30 mins of shooting. Its hard at the start as everyone is excited & it takes a while for things to come together, you start shooting and it doesn’t just work...you need that first 30 mins or so then bam, you have it. The fire has come alive and the creativity flows!
What are your plans for the future?
To continue to freelance, both in Fashion and events and advertising, I really enjoy learning about other people and their business’s and then illustrating those values in imagery. I would like to end up with my own studio / gallery space and run workshops for the community and introduce them to different skills, photography and business wise. I would really like to do something with the local community and young people, there just isn’t enough out there at the moment for those aged between about 11 and 19 years.
Anything else you would like to add about Carli-Art?