Would you mind introducing yourself? Hi, I’m Claire, I’m 25 years old and living just outside of London, UK.
Claire’s Instagram - @clairegipps35mm
How would you describe your style of photography? I’m not sure I have a style as such, each photo for me is different, I just enjoy shooting the things that catch my eye!
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? My love for taking photos began about a year and a half ago. I went to visit my Nan one day and decided to get out all of the old photos from her loft. I remember looking through them with my Parents and seeing my Nan reminisce over these physical photographs that brought back such lovely stories! It struck me that I have thousands of photos on my phone and in the ‘cloud’ that I’ll likely never look at again, but these were here to be remembered.
I loved how their old photos were natural and happy! Making Memories of Simpler Times! At the bottom of the box was my Grandad’s old film camera that he’d used to capture these photos. I asked my Nan if I could take it home and play around with it, and as ever, Nan said ‘Yes!’.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? It’s probably got to be waiting for my first roll of film to be developed, I had high hopes! Now I am not quite sure why I thought it would be so easy, especially as I knew nothing about film cameras. Needless to say, when I got that first roll of film back, I was slightly disappointed, but I was hooked nonetheless and determined to crack it!
Who/What inspires your photography? My Grandad does play a big part in this, he used to love taking and developing his own pictures. I love that I can take his camera to places it’s never been before, kind of continuing its journey for him.
What kind of camera do you use? Olympus OM-10
What's your editing process like? I don’t edit my photos all too much, I only add a border for the online versions and the very occasional crop. I love the limitations of my film camera as it reminds me that people didn’t have the availability to edit photos so freely when this type of camera was popular, so it made you commit to a shot and really appreciate the idea of ‘capturing a moment’! I know that my exposure isn’t always right, the colours are a little faded, or perhaps a doorway isn’t aligned as best it could be, but it’s a reminder of what I need to work on going forward! I had zero understanding of how a film camera worked when I picked up my Grandad’s old camera, so I’m figuring it out with every picture.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? I haven’t really figured that out yet! Maybe check back in a year or so -Ha!
Are there any photographers here on Instagram that you wish more people knew about? Josh Edgoose (spicy.meatball) & Karl Funk (the_amazing_funkmasterflash) are pretty cool.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? Anywhere I haven’t been before is always a plus! I loved shooting in America, I think some parts still have that old feel and character to them that goes hand-in-hand with film photography.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? Anytime really, I haven’t braved the rain yet, but I know there’s some great photo-opportunities to be had when I finally do!
The coolest place you've ever been? Without a doubt, The Grand Canyon
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions that you would like to share? I’m heading to France & Spain later this year, so I’ll be sure to take my camera along!
Anything extra you would like to share? Thank you for sharing my interview! It’s great to have a chance to share and see everyone’s work!
Claire’s Instagram - @clairegipps35mm