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TINE SWIJNS – PHOTOGRAPHER & GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Posted September 3rd by Design Splat in Graphic Designers, Photographers

Hello and Welcome to Design Splat Tine!

Hi!

To get the readers started tell us a bit about what you do:

I’m a graphic design student, studying the art of advertising. I bought my camera about three years ago. I told my parents I needed it for school but that actually wasn’t true. Best buy I ever did. Not like the guitar I once bought. My parents were right about that one.

How did you get into Photography?

For school we had to analyze a movie through film stills and than make our own series. I had so much fun making up a story and work out the images that that was the real start of it all, I think.

What aspect of Photography interests you?

You can show people your vision on the world through images. You can tell so much with so little.

From your website I see you do graphic design and the art of advertising, do you incorporate your photography into your graphic design work and vice versa?

I think studying advertising has learned me how to make an image speak. We often have to create an image without lines/copy to sell something. You automatically tell a story with your image and then sell the story.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I think my interests have developed so much the past 5 years, that it’s hard to say where I’ll be over the next 5 years. I always wanted to work for a magazine, a perfect combination of writing and photography. But lately I’m getting more and more interested in the film industry. Probably because there’s such a thin line between photography and film.

Freelance photographer/Own business or working for a company?

Freelance, definitely. You always have to take into account what the customer wants when your working for someone but as a freelance photographer I think you’re more free, so does the word itself already say. People ask you because you have a specific style and mostly want you to keep that up in your work.

What drives you/gives you the ‘go’ to keep at it and do everything?

Mostly other photographers and designers. When I have little energy I just go take a look at websites like fffound, or booooooom.  You think “I want to be able to do that”, so you try and do that. Other people who inspire me are often friends who take photos too, like Catho de Rore and Roselien Beerten. It’s nice to have people around you to exchange experience with.

What obstacles – if any, have you encountered along the way?

I often want to do too many things at the same time. That’s not a good idea because you mostly end up with nothing.

Can you recall the first photo you took that made you go WOW!?

Yes, but I don’t have it anymore. My problem is that I throw away photos too easily once I think they are no longer good enough. So, that’s another tip.

If you could photograph/have a shoot with anyone who would it be?

Mostly I constantly observe people and I often think “I would like to photograph that person”. If I could have Anton Corbijn by my side for that for one day to give me some guidelines, that would be great.

Does fame attract you?

I think everybody wants to be acknowledged for what they do. Fame is a big word, but it’s always nice to see your work published.

How do you feel about photo manipulation?

I think people mostly think it’s a bad thing. I thought so too, at first, but now I see it more as part of creating an image.

How do you rate yourself as a photographer?

I still want to learn so much. That’s all I really know about that.

What makes a good photographer?

They always told me that a good photographer has an idea first and then goes out on the streets. But photographers like Tom Wood aren’t any less great. They have a very good eye at things. They just walk the street, armed with their camera, see what meets the eye.

Do you think the Photography Industry is difficult to break into?

I think it’s the same for everyone. Whether you’re an accountant or a photographer: you just have to be at the right place, at the right time.

Are you worried about the amount of competition with more and more people becoming photographers?

Yes, but it’s nice to have some one to look up to. I also think that once you truly developed your own style, the feeling reduces.

Do you have qualifications in Photography?

No, I’ve basically learned things by trying. I think It’s the best way for learning something anyway.

How important do you think qualifications are for designers/photographer?

It’s what you make that counts, I think. Not where you did it or whether you have a degree in it.

Three words to describe yourself?

I’m a daydreamer, which makes me a bit unrealistic sometimes. I’m enthusiastic and I know what I want (for now).

Hobbies and other interests?

I love writing and music.

Favourite photographer?

For the moment, it’s Sanja Marusic. You definitely have to check out her website http://www.sanjamarusic.nl

Any Tips and tricks you want to share with aspiring Photographers?

It doesn’t matter what camera you have, it’s what you do with it. First you have to learn how to look at things, constantly keep you eyes wide open.

Tools of the trade?

Canon EOS 1000D

Best and worst photo you’ve taken?

I really can’t say. It changes everyday. Sometimes I find an old photo (at least, if I still have it) that suddenly looks interesting which it didn’t before. Other photos I once thought were so good, are now hidden somewhere far away from where I can see them.


Email: tine_swijns@hotmail.com

Website: http://teeswijns.blogspot.com

 


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