Working with Yan Tan Tethera, what an absolute JOY!
Stepping into the Cabin of Curiosity was like walking right on to a movie set. The cabin was full of so many interesting little artefacts, it was quite overwhelming. Professor Jigget stepped into the cosy cabin and sat in his armchair by the fire in a very impressive tailored jacket. It sort of felt as though I'd actually stepped back in time and was photographing a Victorian professor in his hideaway. He nonchalantly discussed with me goblins and dragon's blood and other such things throughout the shoot, as though these were perfectly ordinary things to talk about, which I found very refreshing.
The cabin was quite small for the two of us really and I was frequently crouched in a tiny space between the studio lights and the Professor's desk, trying my hardest to get the shot I wanted whilst not knocking anything over in the process. I often find that times like that are the ones where I capture my favourite moments. It's good to be challenged! Sometimes folding yourself up and bending over backwards to get the frame just right (something that must look totally ridiculous to any bystander) is not just necessary but invigorating. I think like a lot of photographers, I sometimes get stuck in the same posture when it comes to taking shots. Standing upright, camera to my eye, shooting in landscape. Something as simple as turning the camera around to portrait, or even lying right down on the ground can make all the difference.
I keep thinking lately how amazing it is that years on, I'm still learning so much about photography every time I pick up my camera. I love that feeling I get when everything lines up just right - the lighting, the subject, the focus, the mood - and in my mind I'm going eeeeeeee as I press the shutter button and I can't wait to see it on a bigger screen. It's that feeling that keeps me so in love with photography and always wanting to improve upon my skill.
I'm the founder of Tinska and aside from photography, I spend my time practicing yoga, reading anything from Beat poetry to Science Fiction and running around after a cheeky puppy.