TINY PIECES PHOTOGRAPHY
Catherine Ramsay is an emerging Australian photographer that beautifully captures subtle every-day moments of teenage life. She notices small gestures and quiet expressions and makes them special by interpreting their beauty. Her images are light, freeing and romantic, she carefully incorporates the environment while maintaining focus on her muse. Her work has the feel of a film still; emitting a sense of nostalgia while revealing a glimpse of the subjects personality and a piece of their story. This emerging artist has exhibited through out Australia and contributes her skills to local fashion and commerce clients.
Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started in photography?
I've always been a creative spirit - my mother would attest to that. She realized very early on that I was full of imagination and helped to nurture my creativity with books and classes.
However, I put off taking art as a subject in high school until my final year; I felt there was no future in it at the time. When I finally did join, I found that the one medium that really stuck was photography, and after winning a place at a few national competitions that my teacher had entered me in, I was hooked.
Do you think of your subjects as muses and/or sources of inspiration? why or why not?
Yes, definitely! There are a number of local Brisbane models that I keep my eye on. Sometimes I create shoots with a particular model already in mind because I feel that their look or their attitude perfectly embodies the character I want to portray.
Besides Australian models, there are many international models and actors that I would definitely consider to be muses, and I’m finding new ones all the time.
How has your work evolved from when you first began compared to your current style and process?
When I first began I don’t think I knew exactly what style I liked best. I tried my hand at everything and didn’t really have a lot of consistency. These days I think my shooting and editing process is finally at a place that I’m happy with – I like to convey a sense of whimsy and nostalgia, romance and softness.
What excites you most about creating your work?
When I get to create something for myself, with my own original ideas, it’s literally like making a dream come true, and that’s really exciting for me.
I mean, it's one thing to think up these fantastic shoot ideas, but it's another thing to see it come to fruition, then being able to share it with the whole world.
What is one of your most memorable shoot experiences?
Probably my last (unreleased) shoot actually. It stemmed from an idea that I had had for a long time, but wasn’t sure how to make it work. I spent a ridiculous amount of time working on the props and the costume, which didn’t matter too much to me because I wanted to give it my best shot. I wanted it to be memorable. There’s always something to take away from a shoot though, each one is special in its own way.
What sort of challenges do you face working as a photographer?
Besides the usual factors, like trying to get noticed and producing something that’s unique, I find that it’s not always possible to create something exactly how you first envisioned it.