May I introduce: Shelbie Dimond
I came across Shelbie Dimond's photography more than a year ago (this is to daily currentness of blogs). Somehow we only just managed to get together for an interview though. Never the less, her photography hasn't lost any of its charm and character. Looking at her photos you get a feeling of being there, being a part of it. The authenticity that analogue photography often has is used to an extend. Having Christmas just around the corner and snow falling, you still feel like jumping into summer, into a day at the beach, lookng at these photos. In our little interview she told me about her road to photography that is very different to the stereotype. For more atmospheric dream photos, check out Shelbie's stunning fundus at her Flickr account.
Can you still remember your first picture you actually got money for?
It was a print of a photography I took of the Pembroke Castle in Wales.
Or your first photo printed?
I honestly cannot remember my first photo printed - but I do remember the first really large print I had made for the first show I was in. It was one of my favourite self-portraits in my dad's high school bomber jacket. The print was 30x30in. My first photo ever printed in a publication (The Photo Album by Frankie Magazine) was of my little cousin and I while we were in the woods playing star wars.
What inspires you?
Water, light, woodland creatures, sparkly things, dreams, movement, daisy-fresh girls...just to name a few. Do you think it's important to stay with in one style, or be as flexible as possible? I really don't know- I'm finding that out myself at the moment.
Digital or analogue?
Is the internet a blessing or curse for photographers in terms of photo credits and being noticed?
As for being noticed: a blessing. Credits: curse. Urban Outfitters is actually guilty of taking one of my photos and using it as an icon to get to their sale shoe section. No one asked me or gave me credit. Someone actually recognized the photo and told me. After confronting Urban, telling them that I was flattered that they liked my photo but I wished for credit/compensation, they basically said: "Oops, I guess that was a mistake" and took it down. A mistake? No, they know better. Do you have any favorite photographer? or model? I really love Francesca Woodman, as I started out in photography taking self portraits. She definitely inspires me.
Anyone dead or alive you would want to shoot? Could be a place to.
I am dying to take photos in Prague.
spring/summer or autumn/winter?
Can I say summer/autumn?
How did you start with photography?
Way back when I was really little, I'd pose with meteor showers, the northern lights, and comets for my father. When I got to be about 16 I was starting to get really interested in analog photography so my father gave me the canon ae-1 he used to use. I started taking self-portraits, sort of became a part of this little community on flickr and here I am today.
What would you do if photography wasn't an option (in terms of jobs or hobbies)
I'd pursue acting more. Or I'd spend all my time trying to work with animals. I especially love marine animals.
sea/beach or mountains/forest?
This is seriously the most difficult question. I guess I'd have to go with sea/beach.
Any plans for the future?
So many that my head hurts thinking about it. I wanted to make sure I started the new year right, so I booked shoots for almost every day of the first week of January. Travelling to new countries, pursuing acting, and learning a new language are also some plans of mine for the future.
Dec. 22, 2012
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