Warmly welcome to Kelly Tyack! She connects nature and people, light and shadows, surroundings and landscapes in order to create otherworldly photographs – nostalgic and whimsical. Kelly’s work has been recognized and awarded not only with the 1ST Place in The Conceptual & Photo Manipulation but also with 2ND Place in the Lifestyle Category , 3RD Place in The Fine Art Category and many Honorable Mentions and Nominees.
We are extremely happy to have you here Kelly!
Q: Hello Kelly! First of all, congratulations on winning the Fine Art Category in The First Half of B&W CHILD 2016! How do you feel? Were you surprised when you found out the results or deep inside you knew you deserve it?
A: I am definitely beyond surprised! Every year, the talent and the high caliber of images just keeps getting bigger and better. The images entered are incredible. Being among that selection is just mind blowing.
Q: For the beginning, can you tell us something about yourself?
A: I live in rural NSW, Australia. My family (husband and four children) lives on the land we own , working sheep, cattle and growing cereal crops. I have a degree in Environmental Science, Rural Science and Secondary Education. I love the land and love working and playing on the land.
Q: What is the story behind your winning photograph “Leaves”?
A: Autumn is just another change of season. The leaves are just beautiful and the bare trees are even more beautiful. I wanted to combine this with my beautiful daughter. As she grows older, a change in the season also happens, she changes slightly ….. Just as a beautiful tree is always there after the leaves have fallen, I will always be left with the same beautiful daughter .It just makes beautiful sense.
Q: You were truly noticed in Fine Art Category, is this your main genre?
A: I love creating what I see and feel. Sometimes it is a little bit different, but it’s always me and it makes me feel complete. This genre just happens to suit what I love to interpret.
Q: Where did you learn photography? Are you self-taught or officially educated photographer?
A: Totally self-taught. If I was to be honest, I probably do not know that much about photography or the technical side of it – perhaps a part of me doesn’t want to learn it. Not knowing the do’s and don’ts gives me the freedom to create what I think is right – no matter whether it is technically right or wrong. If it satisfies the feeling in my body and I have interpreted the image how I had envisioned it – its totally right in my eyes.
Q: Why fine art?
A: It allows me to be me. It makes me happy. It satisfies me. It allows me to express the way I see the world.
Q: What’s your equipment?
A: Nikon d600 (with broken aperture mechanism – I just don’t have the heart to get it fixed because I love it) and a 50mm 1.4 lens.
Q: Do you edit your photographs in Photoshop or Lightroom?
A: Lightroom. For some unknown reason I just cannot wrap my brain around Photoshop. I can do the basics in PS and a little bit more but LR just makes more sense to me.
Q: What is your favorite quote?
A: Not photography related but just life related:
“Because she competes with no one, no one can compete with her” Lao Tze
Q: Where do you find inspiration?
A: I find it in my land and my girls. Mood of my girls is changing daily, just like the land and the environment . I love trying to match the two. My mind constantly is thinking and looking for connections. I am drawn to the connection of light and shadows, shadows and the environment, shadows and my girls. I love looking at the world through black and white eyes. I love showing the world what my black and white world looks like.
Q: Describe your work with three words.
A: 1.(kelly) 2.(m) 3.(photography)
I interpret what I see and love. I can’t describe that in 3 words, but what you see is totally me. Those who see my images are more than welcome to describe them.
Q: How did photography change your life?
A: It has satisfied a little part inside of me… It is difficult to describe it in words… I now know that if I keep dreaming and thinking of particular thing, I have to create an image out of it to make the feeling go away….That does sound little crazy and dramatic, but hopefully someone gets it!
Q: What do you think about other entries from the First Half of B&W Child Photo Competition? Is there any photograph or photographer from The First Half that caught your attention?
A: Last year it was Niki Boon. Niki Boon, Niki Boon and once more Niki Boon! Such an incredible artist and talented lady. I love looking at her images on a daily basis – they are so inspiring. I also adore the work of Lee Jefferies – the portraits are just stunning. Every single artist is outstanding, no matter if it is a winner, honorable mention or a nominee. Looking through the gallery of the First Half of B&W CHILD 2016 , as well as the previous galleries of winners, is honestly like going to a gorgeous candy shop where all your dreams come true !
Q: How do you grow in photography? What are the steps that one must follow in order to learn and grow?
A: Shoot, shoot and shoot. I think education is always important but I think taking the time to grow as a person, listening and interpreting your visions and ideas is just as important. Just as we grow in age and our environment around us grows and changes its important to go with the flow. Yes, I should probably learn how to use my camera better and I really should sit down and play with Photoshop a little more , but at the end of the day I create what I see as beautiful in my mind and Im not sure my nikon d600 manual can help with that.
Q: What would be your message to other photographers?
A: Do what you love. Don’t do what you think other people love. Be you and shoot YOU.
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