My name is Lou Archell, I am 44 years of age. I live in Bristol, UK. I am a lifestyle blogger/writer & photographer.
1- Among remembering, testifying, documenting, creating a vision or something else, what feels the most inspiring to you in “everyday photography” ?
I think that Instagram has changed from a quick snap of something you are doing, to a more curated feed. I love that. I find I can release my creativity to really think about what I am photographing and how it fits in with the life of me. Instagram ticks all my boxes, creativity, photography, styling, family and everyday life.
2- What atmospheres and/or emotions do you try to create or convey when you take these pictures ?
I try not to take anything too ‘staged’ in my photos. I love to have an element of here and now. So you won’t find masses of overly styled flat lays or endless pictures of my kids smiling. I prefer to share an essence of the moment, but of course there is more going on behind the scenes. 🙂
3- What do you seek and appreciate in other people’s “everyday photography” pictures ?
An ethos that is similar to mine I think really. I love pictures of adventures, windswept beaches or Parisian street life for example. I like a muted palette, I’m not a fan of candy colours or overly bright images. I suppose I am into natural beauty.
4- How has Instagram influenced your way of practicing photography ?
Massively. I will look at the shot for instagram before anything else. If it fits my @littlegreenshed feed, then it’s good! I spent my time searching for light, and my colour pallette. Which has in turn effected how i dress, how my home is decorated and even what colour flowers I buy. Madness I know!
5- What do you most enjoy about Instagram ?
How it sparks creativity. I see how other’s create and I want to try it.
6- What is the thing you wish “you had known before” or “somebody had told you earlier” about Instagram ?
Ah so much! When I first started on Instagram I took shots of what I was doing, without thinking about it too much. I wish someone had told me back then that Instagram can be a tool to showcase my work and life in a more creative and arty way.
7- Taking a step back, what is the best advice you have or wish you had received about photography ?
I think to photograph every day. The more you take, the better you get and the better you understand photography and how to shoot things. Also, it hones your eye and you can develop your own style.
Many thanks to you, Lou, for your kind participation to the project. Reading your answers was pure pleasure.
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