photo by Dave Croke
October 2012, Photographer of the Month – Erin Tyrrell
Tell us a little bit about yourself….
I’m from Cornwall and I graduated from The Arts University at Bournemouth where I studied BA (Hons) Photography.
Where do you live?
Currently in Poole
Favourite 5 photographers….
Anni Leppala, Masao Yamamoto, Uta Barth, Laura Letinsky, Raulph Eugene Meatyard, Stefania Sapio – oh wait, that’s six
How do you keep yourself motivated and your photography fresh?
You’ve just gotta keep going. Looking at other peoples work and taking some time to reflect on your own work, that’s the good thing about being at university because you constantly have people around you to tell you how you could improve, but when you leave it’s so different. You just gotta keep your self interested, learning new things, going to events, exhibitions and talks. Otherwise you’ll probably just get lost and bored.
Who or what inspires you in your personal life and work?
My family, my lovely niece and my newly born nephew
What is the best part of being a photographer?
Exploring, walking, adventures, finding different places that become a big part of your work.
How long have you been a photographer?
I first started getting passionate about photography when I was about sixteen.
What type of cameras do you shoot with?
I use a range of cameras – mostly film, like Bronica SQ-A, Holga, point and shoot cameras. The one I use most often though is my Canon Eos Kiss, which has pretty much been completely taped up, because parts keep falling off. But if it still does the job…why replace it?
What is your favourite photography accessory, other than your camera?
My neg scanner
What is your favourite computer / editing accessory, other than your computer?
Photoshop probably, or InDesign.
What is your most used Photoshop tool, plug-in, action set etc….?
Clone stamp tool
Are you a Mac or PC lover?
Mac – they just seem to run so much smoother. They’re designed for creativity, and I like that.
The hardest part of your job?
Explaining my work to people, being able to ‘get it out there’, or being able to finish. I remember when Amy Whinehouse died and her album got released, that she hadn’t finished because it just wasn’t right – and I think that is what I feel like at times, actually being able to say, ‘yeah, that’s good, that’s complete.’
The easiest part of your job?
I couldn’t even say. When you’re used to the job I guess it becomes easier.
Maybe then it would be – spending time with the people I want to spend time with.
What advice do you have for photographers just starting out?
Persist and pursue.
What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have yet?
A graphics tablet – just some ideas that I get, involve being a bit more detailed with software, sometimes I find it difficult to do a lot of stuff that I want to do with a mouse. Exactly the same as putting pen to paper, it’s nicer when your ideas can begin to flow.
Do you make time for personal photographic work? If so, what do you enjoy photographing and do you have an image you can share with us?
To be completely honest, it’s all personal photographic work. I enjoy photographing children, because they’re so inquisitive and animals and nature, because it’s uncontrollable. You can’t tell it what to do, it just is.
The first photographer that comes to your mind and why?
Masao Yamamoto – he’s just so good. I like how he can seem to make each picture have a life, completely individual.
A visual poem.
photo by Masao Yamamoto
The last workshop or seminar you attended?
A seminar with Robert Newman talking about Capitalism.
‘You can’t have Economy and Ecology at the same time.’
Something that you are still learning?
Everything. Bookbinding – I find it quite relaxing, because you can generally take your time with it.
What do you love to indulge in?
Something that is overrated?
This is difficult because the way I always see it is that people do what they have to do to get by – and if people like it then there’s nothing more to it, you just don’t.
Take Beiber – I don’t like his music, but you’ve got to congratulate him. He’s 16 and he’s doing what he loves. How many of us can say, even when we’re 40, that we’re doing something that we actually want to do.
Something that you are saving up for?
My own home
If you could have lunch with anyone who is famous who would it be?
Laura Marling probably, or Tracy Chapman, or Cat Stevens
Where you’ll find me on a Friday night at 9pm?
I would more than likely be at home or at my Mum’s.
Your favourite film of all time?
That’s a difficult question, because I have a few. It’s either Krzysztof Keislowski’s Three Colours Blue or Fredrik Edfeldt’s Flickan or Watership Down.
First thing you would do if you won the lottery?
Well, I suppose it depends how much, but I would probably start by giving it away. I’d buy my Mum and Sisters’ houses for them – somewhere for my Brother too.
Three words that describe you?
Reserved, independent, happy
And the last question; if you had one wish?
That one person likes something that I do.