Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Kitty Gallannaugh

Selfportraits, portraits, still life.. none of this is a problem for this stunning photographer called Kitty, based in the United Kingdom, 20 years old. Her 365 project is not the usual project everyone is doing nowadays - it has a soul, a heart, a feeling and a thought. It speaks for itself.
Of course, we can´t forget about her shootings with other people. I don´t know where her magic is, but she gets what she wants to the photos, no matter what it is.
Yes, expressive, marvelous, original, amazingly postprocessed.. these are probably the words describing what I think of her photos. Now let the dream begin..

Here is the promised lullaby:

1. Where were you born, do you still live there and do you wish you lived somewhere else?
- I was born in London. I live all over the place, but my heart and home is still in London. I don't wish to really move anywhere else when all I need is right on my doorstep.

2. How did it all become? Do you remember if there was a particular reason why you started taking photographs?
- There was never a real "turning point" in my life where I thought "I should be a photographer". I grew up with my mother being a photographer and photographing my sister and I constantly as we grew. She'd always plait my hair and let the sun shine through it as she shot me. I grew up watching her use her cameras and lenses and when I was 6 I had my first plastic camera to practise with. It's always been a big part of who I am from the day I was born so I suppose it's run through my blood and one day my children will have the sun shining through their hair too as I photograph and (hopefully) inspire them too.

3. What equipment do you use?
- My eyes, a little imagination a sprinkle of youth, lots of laughter and a whole lot of love.

4. Where do you go for inspiration? What makes ou keep shooting?
- I listen to everything. I am very aware of the world around me and I think as a photographer you are a sponge. You soak everything up and make the most of the smallest situation being the most inspiring. I listen to people talking in the street, I listen to songs as I travel on the train, I listen to what my heart wants to do and mostly, I listen to what I think will look different. If you read a quote you like, write it down for a later day when you need inspiration, or even a photograph or drawing. Save all the inspiration you can, it's an artist's fuel.

5. What are your interests beside photography?
- I love baking little sugary treats like cakes or biscuits. I'm into anything particularly "girly" like dresses, shopping, pretty little accessories, collecting polaroids, beach walks, picnics, playing tennis, roller blading, singing in my car. Little things in life are the things that tend to please me most.

6. Who are your favourite photographers/painters/musicians/film-makers?
- Tim Walker & Annie Leibovitz for their nostalgia/Monet for his palettes/Jónsi for his tones/Elissa Down for her rawness and beauty.

7. What book are you reading right now?
- My sister has lent me "Scrambled Eggs at Midnight" by Brad Barkley & Heather Hepler. I was worried that it would be a silly teenage book full of unrealistic ideas on love, life and clichés. But it's actually a remarkably light-hearted and fun read.

8. Tell us what does your usual day look like..
- All my days are so different which is what I really enjoy. My alarm clock always goes off at 7am and I am out the house by 8am. Some days I shoot and some days I spend at my desk filing through photographs and editing work. I love lunch breaks and tea time in the afternoon no matter what my day looks like. On days I'm shooting I can spend hours on location and just talking away. I take thousands of photos and then will flick back through them with the model, MUA, stylist etc. On days when I'm editing I'll usually just sit in tracksuits with a mug of tea or hot chocolate and focus into each photograph. Despite what I'm doing my days usually always end with a cuddle on the sofa, a hot shower and rugging up for bed with my loverboy.

9. If you were a thing what would it be?
- A thing? That's tough. I'd probably be a ceiling in a restaurant. Imagine how many interesting stories you could hear every single day and no one would really ever notice you "eavesdropping".

10. And the last question - what was your last seen exhibition or movie?
- The last exhibition I went to was Photographer of the Year 2010 and the last movie I saw was "Candy".

She is all over the onternet, as well. Go share some support and love at her flickr, facebook page, portfolio, blog, deviantart or twitter.


Vanessa said...

I love this blog :) very good inspiration!

SimoneV said...

Beautiful soul, to match those beautiful photos :)

pinja said...

oh I really love that first picture !

lilyfm said...

i have so much love for kitty! she's amazing
thank-you for the comment too my lovely <3

Mia said...

wow!! Thank you so much for sharing :) Her photos are truly amazing!

kalina said...

Lovely pics! Her style is unique :-)

Miss M. said...

I love those pictures. And thank you so much for your lovely comment :)

DAKOTA said...

I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! Love the indian head dress... I'm half native American hihi.

Melisa Fernández Nitsche said...

this blog is wonderful

valncami said...

such pretty photos. really like her work! thanks so much for your comment on our blog - we really appreciate it :]

maybe you would like to follow each other? let us know!

hope youll come back and visit us soon :]
xo, camilla & valerie

brigduong said...

I love her photography so much, you have a lovely blog & thanks for sharing! :)

E said...

These are such beautiful photos! I love Tim Walker, too!

Isabela said...

love the pictures :)

Veronika said...

Just beautiful :) especially the last one:)

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sabenaranja said...

great blog! i'm now a follower, really spiring pictures

Daisy said...

I realy love your blog!

ching said...

woooow. she is remarkable!

tereza said...

tohle jsou fakt moc krásný fotky..

Nuké said...

Love your blog, wonderful inspiration and insight. Most of the photographers you showcase is amazing. Thank you for sharing these wonderful inspiration!