Those of you who follow the blog regularly will know that I love photography and take as many pictures as I can wherever I go. So, when I discovered that one of my favourite photographers – Deborah Fletcher – was showcasing some of her photographs in a new exhibition at Thoresby Gallery, I took the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her inspiration, her process and her influences!
Tell us a little bit about yourself – how did you become interested in photography?
I don’t have an artistic background, in fact I was discouraged from an early age to pursue something else due to my lack of skill! My career was mainly in the travel industry which did give me the opportunity to photograph many an exotic beach and well known landmark. I bought my first serious camera around 12 years ago after following a friend around the North Yorkshire Moors watching him produce such beautiful images, I was really hooked after that.
What are your favourite subjects to photograph and why?
The coastline and landscapes are probably my favourite places to photograph, anywhere that’s off the beaten path and remote as I like the solitude. If you are lucky you get to a time in your life when it hits you how simply amazing this planet is and how connected you are to it all. My favourite subjects to photograph, however, are flowers. They are just captivating, and being a keen gardener I’m always in awe how these fragile and vulnerable creatures emerge from the dark and dirt every year to have their moment in the sun.
You’re currently preparing to showcase some of your work in an exhibition. What was your process when creating the collection?
My work for the upcoming exhibition has been a labour of love – and frustration. Plans to travel abroad were curtailed and a personal project was delayed which threw up challenges as to what to include. I’m fortunate to have a friend who curates work and after a couple of hours (over endless coffees and cake) I had a plan of how to bring images together in a more cohesive manner – small groupings of linked images telling a story, a flow if you like which is how nature works.
Check out some of Deb’s work here – click on the images for the full picture…
What technology/camera gear do you use in your process?
I use a Canon EOS 5D – I also have a Canon 400D which I have a macro lens for when I get very up close and personal with a flower! All my gear is well worn, my Manfrotto tripod has been dropped off a ferry in Vancouver, and the legs groan from being covered in sea water so often. I also use Lee filters on occasion for landscape shots. For processing images I like Lightroom, Photoshop is still a mystery to me so I avoid it where possible!
Who are your biggest photography influences? How do you take your inspiration from them?
Joe Cornish I’m in awe of. I’ve seen him in action, he has tremendous vision for a scene and he is so dedicated to his craft. Although I’m not a portrait photographer I love Sue Bryce for her passion, honesty and generosity in sharing her experience as a photographer. Instagram has many talented photographers producing astonishing work too. However, it’s very important to take inspiration but do not compare your own work with others. Comparison crushes creativity and can seriously dent your confidence. You travel your own path creating your own work.
What is your advice for budding photographers who are look to start promoting their work?
Gather your best images – quality over quantity, and get them out in to the world. Be it a website, Instagram, competition or printed photographs sold at a craft fair – just give it a go. Do not wait until you’ve achieved ‘perfection’, a wise man told me recently ‘done is better than perfect’. You will never think your work is ‘good enough’, you will stumble when it comes to asking for money for your work, there will always be people who don’t like what you produce.
Want to see more? Deb’s exhibition opens on Fri 02 June until Sat 01 July 2017 open 11am – 4pm (closed Mondays) at Thoresby Gallery, Thoresby Park, Nr Ollerton, Newark, Nottinghamshire and is shared exhibition along with artist Dominick Cuming
You can also find her on Twitter @DebFPhotography and on Instagram @debfletcherphotography
All images used are created owned and copyrighted to Deborah Fletcher and are not available for use.