We are so thrilled to introduce this featured artist to you, Fiona Seaburn creates work that is clearly deeply tied to her heart. Evocative and moody these image will pull at your emotions and leave you feeling enchanted. The tones she uses in her iamges, in conjunction with her use of colour and deep shadows creates a completely unique feeling all her own.
She shares her vision with us all in a raw and ethereal way and we simply can't get enough.
How did you get your start in photography?
I was 17 and studying photography at college when I fell pregnant with my first child. I found solace in the darkroom through that difficult time of being so young and with child. A baby, with a baby. I could hide from the stares and the rumors. I used to have a red light in my bedroom to evoke the same calm from the darkroom. After college I didn't pick up photography again until completing a short photography course at uni last year.
What artists have influenced your journey in photography? How have they inspired you?
Sally Mann is quoted as saying, 'it never occurred to me to leave home to create art'. I can relate.
My baby girl fast became the subject in all of my pictures while I was still studying photography at college. My photography teacher gave me a book called 'immediate family' by Sally Mann. I was in awe of her pictures, the way her work told a story and the intense emotion I felt when looking at them. They are not just photographs, they're art... I want to take photographs like Sally's, photographs that make people feel something even if they don't know what that something is. I want to make art.
But mostly I'm inspired by the amazing talent I've been introduced to through instagram... Romina Mandrini, Niki Boon, Jessica from Wild Wuzle, along with too many others to name. Extremely talented woman who have had a huge impact on the way I look at my own images and photography in general.
What is one thing you wish you knew when you first started taking photographs?
How to shoot in manual mode and the realization that nobody can see your outtakes so just shoot!
What does photography mean to you?
When I'm observing/participating in life and I see a frame in my mind, the world goes silent for a moment and my heart begins to race as the excitement builds while I fumble around for my camera. Capturing that frame is thrilling, like receiving a precious gift, although editing is what I love best. I never feel so close to God as I do while I'm creating my pictures.
Aside from my husband and children, photography is everything to me. It's my outlet, maybe it's my calling?? We'll see.
What is the best thing about being a photographer?
The best thing??... freezing time and stirring souls.
If you could shoot with any photographer, who would it be and why?
I don't think I'd be very good to shoot with, I get too lost in the scene. I'm pretty private about it all actually.
But there are many photographers I'd love to meet, like Alessio Albi. His portraiture is absolutely stunning. I'd love to participate in a workshop run by him.
What is your favorite photograph you have taken to date?
I don't think I've taken my favorite photograph yet. I'm not yet the photographer I long to be, I still have so much I want to learn. Tasha Loader @tashadimsum once told me '... the moment you think you have taken your best photograph is the moment you stop taking photographs.' I think there is truth in that for me.
But if I really had to choose one it would be a freelensed shot of my 17yo daughter and a delicate spiders web from late July this year. It is very rare that she will let me take her portrait these days.
How do you feel about breaking the perceived rules of photography? Do you have a favorite flawed technique?
I am all for breaking the rules. I can appreciate a technically sound image but if that's all it is, if it doesn't stir my soul, I'm not interested.
I am currently right into freelensing...the tilt shifts, light leaks and that dreamlike feel just gets me.
What inspires your photographic vision?
I love the juxtaposition between light and darkness. It's where my inspiration thrives.
Fiona has an exhibition coming up in September 1 - September 17 at the Salamanca Side Space Gallery in Hobart.