Interview: Candice Carlin

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Candice Carlin is a graphic designer and photographer. Candice uses various cameras, including 35mm. We were lucky enough to interview Candice about her photography and what she is currently up to.

Hello! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?

Hi there! Any time at all. I’m very well thanks.

Tell us a little bit about your background. 

I grew up in a coastal town near Newcastle, New South Wales. It was beautiful and I still go back and visit. Best beaches ever! I thought it was boring as a teenager, but we made our own fun.

Describe your style in three words. 

Atmospheric, nostalgic, emotive.

I adore your work. What inspired you to start taking photographs?

I was growing up in quite a small town and would just do it with my friends out of boredom. We would buy £1.00 cameras from the tip shop and play around. Then I started travelling and it really became an impulsive thing. I wanted to get better and I knew I had to basically carry my camera everywhere and this would make me improve. This is also why I went towards film photography, I feel it’s easier to transport and not as breakable. And of course, it’s just more fun and looks best to me.

How has your creative process changed since the start?

I’ve definitely improved my technical skills, especially shooting with digital. I sometimes plan things a bit more now, but I do also like to do things the way I started out; walking around the streets and letting things take hold of me. It’s very cathartic. Doing things professionally is very different to my own personal work, but that’s fine.

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What equipment do you use for your work?

A Nikon body and a few different lenses. 35mm lens made me really start enjoying digital photography.

What equipment would you recommend for someone who wants to get into photography

Whatever you can get your hands on. Just enjoy it. Don’t worry too much about having everything to begin, just do it. You can start with a disposable camera. But also don’t be afraid to spend the money if it’s something you love. I would recommend a basic SLR and you will figure your style out as you go along, and this will determine lenses/upgrades etc.

Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?

I used to share my work on websites to my friends, but now I have met and connected with so many new artists/clients through this medium that I would never have met otherwise, it’s really lovely.

Who inspires your work? 

I don’t look at other people’s work too much, but I really loved Petra Collins work when I was beginning. Also Ryan McGinley and Andy Warhol.

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Why is photography important to you? 

It’s a way to preserve moments, in a sense. And it has trained me to look for beauty everywhere; in everything.

Why did you get into film photography? 

It’s the way I began, and it was a really fun hobby. I get much more of a kick out of it, and I prefer the quality of the images. The film cameras are beautifully built and it’s just an amazing process which should be held on to. You are more thoughtful about what you’re taking and also picks up shadows and colours in a really nice way.

What makes a good photograph? 

I could bang on about technical things, like the over/under exposed, blur, light leaks, but I don’t think you can say these are good or bad things. This is what film has taught me, imperfections happen and sometimes they’re great. I think it’s really hard to answer this question because I think with all art, if you love it, then nobody can tell you that it’s ‘bad’, it’s art and it’s completely subjective. It’s all a matter of context and opinion. If you have a connection with an image, then I think it must be powerful.

What are you currently working on?

I’m (always) taking photos and hopefully planning some fun shoots soon, just to be creative. I’m trying to do more illustration also at the moment.

What are your career plans? 

I would like to be a graphic designer/photographer and basically combine my two loves. At the moment I would really like to work in a collaborative team and learn a lot. I love working with people.

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What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?

Don’t be so hard on yourself.

You can take a look at her work here ‘http://www.candicecarlin.com’ and you can see all of her wonderful images on her Instagram page ‘https://www.instagram.com/candicecarlin_/’. 

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