Joining this year's jury for the TEN AND ONE Awards is Nicolette Clara Iles who creates fairytale worlds within her shoots. She uses the aesthetics of film to perfectly capture a sense of fantasy and mystery.
Hello! Welcome to the Lomography Magazine. Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Hello! My name is Nicolette Clara Iles and I’m a London-based photographer who uses the analogue medium.
How did your interest with photography start?
I first wanted to pursue photography as a young teenager and began both documenting daily life and creating stories from then. I’ve always loved flicking through magazines and photo books, and from there developed my own ways of seeing the world.
How would you define photography? What makes it worth pursuing?
I see photography as an art form, truly. A lot of the time, people differentiate the two (art and photography) but I see them as the same thing. I feel it’s worth pursuing because whatever type of photographs you choose to take, whether it be documentary or fine art, a piece of your own views of the world seeps through. That’s something nobody else can really replicate.
What inspires you?
Nature, fantasy, the real and made-up worlds. People inspire me a lot, the living, past and fictional.
What makes a good photograph?
For me, a sense of wonder. Whatever the type of photography, if you’ve wondered what a place will be like, or a person can show you, that wonder is worth capturing. A good photograph leaves you wanting to know more.
Any advice that you’d like to give aspiring photographers?
Be determined, you will ‘fail’ sometimes, but those failures are all part of the journey. Experiment and develop what it is you want to create.
To see more of Nicola's work visit her website www.nicoletteclara.co.uk