Our Featured Artist for the month of December is one who creates images that travel straight from the eyes to the soul. Her photographs aren't just beautiful but deep. They tug, twist, stir emotions with their novelty. Yet, at the same time they feel familiar offering comfort as they remind of the past, of those simpler days one yearns for. There is a freedom that is felt when viewing her photographs. It is reminiscent of how it once felt to be a child. Like the world exists just for you and the possibilities of discovery stretch to infinity. And this is why our Featured Artist for this month is none other than the fantastic Tytia Habing.
Tytia Habing Photography
How long have you been in business and how did you get your start in photography?
I’ve ‘officially’ been in business almost four years, but I’ve been shooting for 15 years. I took an elective course in photography to fill my schedule at university while getting my landscape architecture degree in 1999 and fell head over heels in love with it. Back then it was film and darkroom work, I only started with digital in 2006.
Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing, and career path?
My first influences were Sally Mann and Emmet Gowin. I was very drawn to their naturally beautiful Images. They both incorporate nature into almost all of their images, they both work in black and white and they both use their families or close friends as subjects. I do all these things, but I think I would’ve done that regardless. You shoot what you love or what intrigues you, or at least you should. I’m not sure either have influenced my career path at the moment, but I would love to move into more and more of the fine art realm as time goes.
What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
That everything takes time to learn and not to stress over it. If you’re inclined to learn something or get better at something, you will.
What does photography mean to you?
It’s a form of expression, a way to say, ‘this is what i see. this is my life. this is what i think.’ It’s pretty cool. That’s why photographers should never attempt to copy other photographers. What’s the point of that? You’re not expressing yourself then. What’s that famous expression? “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” - Judy Garland
What is the best part about being a photographer?
It’s something I truly love to do. Going to work is a pleasure, because it never feels like I’m going to work!
If you could shoot with any photographer in the world, who would it be and why?
Hands down, Sally Mann. Her images are absolutely luminous and she’s a master printer. I’m not sure if i’d rather shoot with her or have her show me how she works in the darkroom. She shoots with large format film and at the moment I shoot with a digital dslr, so not sure that would jive, but sitting down with her for a cup of tea or coffee would be pretty awesome!
It’s a quiet little image of my son holding a bunch of rhubarb, but I’m attached to pretty much all of them. They’re like children. You don’t really feel good about picking a favorite.
I think the ‘rules’ are there as a general guide. Every artist worth anything should break the rules, so I think that tells you what I think about them.