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THE ART OF LISSY ELLE

May 19, 2015
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There was no need to meet the great Lissy Elle in person to make this interview.

She wrote the questions, and made the answers.

What camera do you use?

Nikon D90.

What lens(es) do you use?

I frequently use a 30mm, sometimes use a 50mm and every once and a while use an 18-105.

How do you take self-portraits?

A tripod and remote, I set the remote to a timer so I have enough time to hide it.

Did you study photography?

No.

How did you learn to use photoshop?

I am self-taught with the very occasional DeviantArt tutorial when I’m completely stumped.

How long have you been taking pictures?

I’ve been taking pictures consistently since I bought my first SLR in May of 2009, but before that since about 2007 I harboured that kind of love for photography where a Point & Shoot sufficed

What’s your process?

First I’ll decide on a concept, then I’ll scout out a location, fill it with a model, a prop, after about one to two hours of shooting I’ll spend three to seven more in post-processing.

Who inspires you?

Tim Walker, Tim Burton, old movies, ballerinas, children under ten, people over 80, my family.

What inspires you?

Nothing inspires me like childish things. Tutus and tea parties. Porcelain dolls and Disney movies. The love of learning and exploring that we as adults lose along the way. Walking through a forest barefoot. Talking to yourself in a silly voice. Building forts during a thunderstorm. Battling dragons and monsters in your mind. Coming home, safe and sound, and turning your adventures into art.

How did you find photography?

A friend of mine was doing a 365 project and I decided to give it a whirl. My interest fell in and fell out until I came across the website Flickr, which inspired me to buy my first SLR camera. I started a second 365, and then a third and now here I am.

How do you come up with your ideas?

My ideas are normally centralized around one prop. I’ll say “hey, I want to use a tea cup, what should I do with it?” then decide to tie a dozen of them to strings and hang them off the branch of a willow tree. If you’re out of ideas pick a person, a place and a thing and try to tie them together.

How do you decide on locations and subjects?

How much I gasp as I happen upon them.

What do you use to process images?

I did the majority of my (first) 365 with Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0.but most of my recent work has been done with Adobe CS4 and CS5.

How do you make people levitate?

That would ruin the magic!

What do you want to portray in your photographs?

I want to portray a world that’s beautiful in its tragedy. Lovely and lonely. Whimsical and dark. The kind of juxtaposition that you can’t describe without sounding pretentious. But the world through a child’s eyes, where nothing is yet determined good or evil, everything is just new, and everything just is.

Hint or tip for other photographers?

Don’t be limited by what you think you can do and what you think you can’t.

Interview taken from www.lissyelle.com


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