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Introducing Tia

{Sadly Tia's Original Account was closed after this interview but I am working on getting new images from her new account. Please do check out her photostream for her lovely artful images...}

Tia M. Bailey
1000beautifulthings ~ Photostream
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Photographer and Mixed Media Artist
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Equipment ~ I started out with a point and shoot Nikon Coolpix about 5 years ago and now I shoot with my Canon 50D or on rare occasions, my Polaroid. The lens that I never leave home without is my Canon 50mm f/1.8. I love the depth of field and lighting that I can get with it.

I grew up in a small town (Del Rio, TX) on the border of Texas and Mexico. My dad was stationed at an Air Force base there and though I would love to say that we traveled all over the place, that was not the case. I learned early on that I was different, overly sensitive, and that I did not see the world as most of my peers did. This caused me to be very introverted and shy during elementary school. It was not until high school when I joined theater that I really came out of my shell.
Today, I am a wife, mother, and photographer/mixed media artist. I have always “taken pictures” but it was not until 2006-2007 that I picked up the camera and really started to look at my world through the lens. This has opened up a whole new world to me and now I cannot imagine my world without a camera in hand.

Why do you photograph?
I want to tell a story, evoke an emotion, get people to “feel” something when they look at my images.

Is there a particular photographer you admire? What is it about their work that you enjoy?
I admire many artists, but I would have to say that the images created by Lars Van De Goor were some of the first images that just made my jaw drop and I said, “That is what I want to do!”

If you process your images at all, what software do you use and how much processing do you do?
I am mostly self taught in photoshop. I took a very basic class in 2006 and have learned the rest from experimentation and trial and error. The amount of processing that I do varies from image to image. Sometimes I am happy with just popping color a bit and then other times I may spend 2-3 hours creating a whole “scene” using textures and layers, cloning or erasing . It all comes from what I feel when I take the picture and what I want the viewer to see when they are looking at my pieces.

How did you learn your skills - are you self-taught?
For the most part, I am self –taught. My dad handed me my first camera when I was only 6 years old and told me to take pictures of whatever I wanted to. He had a darkroom at the time and so getting my images back was pretty easy (and cheap). I did take a 9 month course but it focused 6 months of shooting black and white film on a 35mm and was more of a review of what I already knew rather than expanding my skills.

What is the next piece of equipment/software on your wish list?
Hmmm… I would have to say a wide angle lens is probably going to be my next big buy. But I am also wanting to get a good monitor calibration system.

What inspires your photos?
My inspiration comes mostly from nature and the outdoors. I love natural light. I am also inspired by lyrics, movies and stories.

What is your favourite subject or theme to photograph? (self-portraits, still life, your children, your dog, etc.)
My favorite subject would have to be nature. I never have to ask it to pose for me. It is always there, and as long as the Oklahoma winds are not blowing like mad, then I’m alright.

Do you self-portrait? Discuss how it makes you feel.
I am not a huge fan of taking pictures of myself. I think this stems from my childhood and looking “different” than the other kids I grew up with. I have always been very self conscious. I think as I continue to lose weight and become more comfortable in my own skin, then I will take more.

What is your biggest challenge? (time, weather, lighting, etc.)
My biggest challenge right now is time. I would love to be able to take the time to just travel wherever I wanted and shoot on a daily basis. But the real world beckons me with a job, a teenager, and life at full throttle.

What advice do you have for new photographers?
I would have to say, don’t be afraid to experiment. Join a group of photographers in your area, go to meetups. There are always things to be learned and ideas to be explored.

Thank you so much for being featured here Tia. We love your work! Best of luck...
~Andrea and Kari


I am editing an interview and I think it's wonderful...It will be posted on March 18. One week! Stay tuned...
Have a Great Weekend. Go get some good shots!
~ Andrea


Just Kari

Kari Gibson
Kari's Klicks ~ photostream
East Coast of Scotland

I have been taking photographs since a small girl when I got a simple Kodak film camera for Christmas. I didn’t really get into photography seriously, though, until I got a Pentax ME Super SLR in 1990 and began to learn how to process my own B&W images. During my fine art studies, I used photography primarily as a tool to capture images for painting or printmaking and it is only since graduating that photography has become the main focus of my creative outlet and the photographs are now the end result rather than the stepping-stone to the final image.

I use a Canon 400 DSLR and I have the standard lens 18-55 lens, the 55-200 zoom lens and the trusty 50mm which is great fun to use. I have a small handbag-sized Canon, point-and-shoot, but that doesn't get much use these days! I also use an inexpensive tripod for a lot of my photos, but enjoy the flexibility of shooting hand-held if the light is good enough. I use UV and polorizing filters as required.

I love the beautiful Scottish landscape and I adore being out in the countryside, so my photography tends to reflect this. But I do enjoy other subject matter and like to experiment with still life and portraiture. In the future, I would like to be more creative, trying out new techniques and processing to get a more painterly feel to my images, but being mindful to avoid the overly “photoshopped” look.

Objet Trouvé - Oranges & Browns
Objet Trouvé - Oranges & Browns. Initially photographed for a painting. Cropped and framed in Photoshop.

Why do you photograph?

Initially it was to capture an image for later painting/printmaking and partly as a record of a moment in time, but nowadays it is because I absolutely have to have some kind of creative outlet and currently, as my time is too limited to paint much, photography has filled that need.

Is there a particular photographer you admire? What is it about their work that you enjoy?

I am a big fan of the work of Sebastiao Salgado, a Brazilian socialist journalstic photographer. He shoots in B&W predominantly, usually of people at work or people affected by poverty/war. I love the humanity of his images and find them powerful and moving.

If you process your images at all, what software do you use and how much processing do you do?

I sometimes crop and adjust lighting/colour, using Photoshop Elements. I also enjoy stitching panoramic shots. I intend to experiment with layering techniques and texture in the future.

hydrangea textured
Hydrangea Textured. Cropped and a layer of texture (ice crystals from my own source) added.

How did you learn your skills - are you self-taught?

I studied a bit of photography at college – mostly processing B&W images in a darkroom. It has given me a good grounding in composition, light and tone. But since then, I am mostly self-taught, there is nothing like getting out there with the camera and just experimenting. I am entirely self-taught with the software, I don’t know where I would have been without Photoshop for Dummies books!

Cambo House - texture/pattern study
Cambo House - Texture/Pattern Study. Cropped slightly, but otherwise as shot.

What is the next piece of equipment/software on your wishlist?

I would love to have a wide-angle lens for the landscape photography and one day, maybe a macro lens as I would enjoy taking photographs of the beautiful plants I see on my walks.

What inspires your photos?

It can be a moment of fleeting light, interesting weather conditions, an unusual colour, texture or shape that catches my eye. Having studied art history, sometimes I will see something that reminds me of a classic painting, artistic style or genre and it tickles me to reflect back in this way.

Drifting Snow Amongst the Heather on Auchterhouse Hill
Drifting Snow Amongst the Heather on Auchterhouse Hill. As shot. As I saw this vista before me, I realised that it looked like an oriental watercolour painting and was so happy to see the resulting image.

What is your favourite subject/theme?

Definitely the Scottish landscape – it has so much variety and can be so different from season to season. It has its own challenges, though, as the weather conditions can pose difficulties, but also create atmosphere. Getting the best shots requires a lot of effort and patience, but can be well worth it.

Do you do self-portraits? Why? How do feel about them? Do you think it is an important thing for an artist?

After feeling so bad about my self-image while I was overweight and now getting my fitness back, I am just beginning to enjoy self-portraiture at last, seeing myself in a different way after all this time. It isn’t essential as an artist, but I do enjoy seeing the work of artists that use their own bodies/faces to inspire their work. Whether paint, print or photography, people such as Chuck Close, Frida Kahlo and Jenny Saville have succeeded in this area wonderfully.

Team-up Thursday Experiment - Memento Mori
Self Portrait: Momento Mori. At last I have an artist's muse - myself! Layers applied in Photoshop.

What is your biggest challenge?

Up to just recently my biggest limitation had been my own physical abilities to get to the less accessible places that I wanted to photograph. I have worked very hard over the last 12 months to get my fitness levels to a stage where I can now hike to a view that is rarely photographed. My biggest challenge these days really is time and how much equipment that can be fitted into a rucksack!

Schiehallion. A long hike in very cold weather conditions. As shot.

What advice do you have for other photographers?

Experiment, study a bit of the history of photographers, look at contemporary photographers for inspiration and ideas for techniques. Also, look at the composition that the classic painters used and also look at the work of the impressionists for colour ideas and subject matter. And then go forth and break the rules, lol!

amonite textured
Amonite Textured. Cropped and a layer added in Photoshop.