year of birth: 1991
country: England, UK.
Q1: When did you start making art?
When I was younger I liked to draw although I didn’t really take it too seriously. In school is when my interest in art grew when I took it as a subject. However it was about 7 or 8 years ago when I first took an interest in photography & I’ve stuck with it since it’s what I found most enjoyable. More recently I’ve become interested in digital art in the form of manipulations & digital paintings.
Q2: What does inspire you?
Various things, usually things I’ve seen. It could be an accessory, clothing, fabric, an object or even my own imagination that inspires me.
Q3: What are your techniques?
I take self-portraits mainly so I do everything myself from start to finish. Starting with an idea in mind I’ll get ready by doing my hair, makeup & clothing. I’ll take the photos either in my bedroom or on the rare occasion outdoors, a tripod & wireless remote are must-have items for me. I’ll take quite a few photos each session with varying poses, expressions, lighting etc. then I’ll choose my favourites to work on. I may use a graphics tablet for details such as hair or eyelashes.
Even though I’ll have an idea in mind when taking photos I still like to take some that are unplanned/spontaneous, sometimes these even turn out be personal favourites!
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
Usually my images don’t have any deep meaning, I like to create things which are visually interesting to me, I do sometimes like to create something that has some sort of concept or meaning though. Many of my self-portraits seem to feature accessories, props, bold makeup or hairstyles.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I haven’t got a main colour, although I do tend to use black a lot. Black’s one of my favourite colours (along with red & gold) plus I find it goes with pretty much any other colour.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I’d like to experiment with lighting a bit more, I tend to stick with a simple one light setup. In the future I might want the lighting in some of my self-portraits & manipulations to portray an emotion or to create a different atmosphere, I think that lighting can really contribute to an image.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
To keep creating self-portraits & manipulations, I’ve almost always got ideas to work on!
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of xKimJoanne.
Creative self-portrait hobbyist.
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
I haven’t got a link to my very first work, but I can share something from my early self-portrait days: HERE.
This is one of the few times I’ve taken a photo with a personal meaning, it’s called “Face Your Fears” simply because I’m not a good swimmer & the idea of deep water/swimming is quite daunting to me.
I remember there was a glass fish tank that was going unused so I used it for the photo, great for giving a side view with the water.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
When I first started taking self-portraits I didn’t really think too much about what I wanted the final image to look like. Now I plan more about things such as lighting, colours, poses, accessories etc. I ‘d like to think that my techniques & skills have developed over the years.
Most of my equipment has changed too, mainly the camera & lenses I use.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
For me it’s a creative outlet that allows an idea to develop into reality.