Design Essentials chats to Celia Bartlett

We are excited to reveal that photographer Celia Bartlett is our guest exhibitor for September. Based in the Saffron Walden area, Celia works as a freelancer, documenting everything from wildlife to theatre and events.

Celia has been taking part in the August photography challenge, posting a different photograph on her blog every day of the month. A selection of these photographs, plus some of Celia’s wonderful Tour de France images, will be exhibited at Design Essentials until Saturday 27th September.

We chatted to Celia to find out a bit more about her artistic inspirations. Here’s what she had to say….

 

What inspires your work?

I take my inspiration from many sources, but anything that helps me to tell a story through my images is important.

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Is there an element of art you enjoy working with the most?

Great light!

What has been the work that you are most proud of?

I’m most proud when I hand over my commissioned pieces to happy, satisfied clients, so that means there isn’t just one proud piece! If I really have to choose though, then the mother and baby portrait I did for day 25 of my August Challenge last year. I always enjoy going back to look at this image.

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What is your most important artists’ tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?

Apart from my cameras of course, in this digital age I can’t live without my Mac.

What’s the best and worst thing about being an artist?

Best? I love doing what I do. Sadly I have to say, the worst thing is being undervalued. So many people think that photography is just for fun and expect images to be handed out for free. Actually, I am trying to earn a living just like everyone else!

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Just to indulge me, favourite Take That member?

Errrrrm!

And your favourite drink?

My life revolves around tea, and I’m rather partial to a good G&T too.

Thanks Celia for answering our questions! Celia’s work will be displayed in Design Essentials from 1st September.

 

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