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.


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.


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!


Just to indulge me, favourite Take That member?


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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