• Tumblr Tuesday: Katie Silvester

    We’re always scouring Tumblr for up-and-coming artists, photographers and interesting people to follow. On Tumblr Tuesdays we dig a little deeper, introducing you to a new person whose point-of-view we’re reblogging this week.

    Meet Katie Silvester, an up-and-coming photographer based in London, recently graduated from college. We love the way Katie captures her everyday, casual moments, as well as the models she's commissioned to photograph, so we got in touch with her to find out a little more about her shooting style, her favorite things, and the background stories behind five of her favorite photos.

    Tell us a little bit about yourself!
    My name is Katie Silvester, and I am a fashion and portrait photographer based in London. I recently graduated from London College of Fashion, and I'm currently dreaming of summer and the sun and the adventure that comes with it, while ignoring the naked trees and the fact that I'm wearing two layers of thermals.

    How did you get started in photography?
    My mom got me a camera for my 16th birthday. That was the beginning of the end. I started studying photography at school and my tutor insisted that we shot on black and white film and developed everything ourselves. I've been hooked and haven't wanted anything else since.

    What subjects are you most drawn to?
    Girls have always been my favorite thing to photograph. So beautiful, and simultaneously so delicate and strong. I'm obsessed with cute babes with sticky-outy ears and freckles and a sense of humor. I much prefer photographing people that aren't afraid to be themselves in front of the camera, who will giggle and yawn and be perfectly imperfect.

    Favorite gear?
    I go back to my dad's old hand-me-down Canon AE-1 with a 50mm 1:1.2 lens every time.

    What feeling do you most try to convey with your photos?
    I hate to be a cliche and claim I like to photograph models "naturally," but I do. I would never ask a model to do something I wouldn't do with my friends. If it doesn't feel natural, we won't do it. I live for the in-between moment in my shoots, when the subject has to sneeze or rub their eye or squint in the sun. And you'd never guess how much a girl who does five shoots a week loves it when I hand them a makeup wipe, strip them back and then say we are going to go climb trees for an afternoon. I'd like to think my work conveys a natural freedom. Raw and beautiful youth.

    Does your photography style translate to your fashion at all? What is your personal clothing style like?
    I tend to dress like a teenage boy. I have a uniform of big t-shirts, jeans, and sneakers. A bit messy and relaxed and comfy. Always comfy. I've never really thought about it before but I guess it does relate to my photography style. Comfy is a lovely word to describe a photograph, because you can feel it as well as see it.

    Can you tell us a few of your favorite Tumblrs to follow?
    Girls and Guns
    Out of Reception
    Nat Geo Found

    What's one thing you're looking forward to this year?
    I'm currently saving every penny so that I can go explore the world with my boyfriend. We just got back from a three month road trip across the USA and are now dreaming of either South America or New Zealand.

    Favorite food: Every day I yearn for the day I'm back in America eating Moose Tracks chocolate ice cream with an overly generous serving of Hershey's sauce.
    Favorite drink: I have a weird obsession with apple juice, and don't really go anywhere without it.
    One band you could listen to forever: Fleetwood Mac. Always and forever.
    One place you want to go before you die: Anywhere in South America, but the Patagonia region for sure.
    Favorite song: Today it's going to be "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" by Joe Jackson.
    Most-worn item of clothing: Big, black, baggy, long-sleeved waffle t-shirt. Feels like a hug.
    Personal hero: My Godmother Wendy Harrison. Teacher and angel.

    Can you tell us the stories behind five of your favorite photos?

    This was one of those days where everything felt good and looked good, but then I got the films back and was like "WHOA." Never knew I could love something that matched so much.

    I'll always love this shoot. This was one of my first shoots for a legitimate magazine, and I got to run around with not only one gorgeous girl, but four. And my three best pals were there helping me out.

    I hardly ever take pictures that aren't of people, but this is one of my favorite double exposures I have ever taken, and whenever I look at it I feel like I just ate a stack of pancakes and too many rashers of bacon, and walked out of a diner into bright Florida sunshine, just like I felt when I took it.

    My new favorite person, in my new favorite place, on my new favorite adventure. We really lived the "American Dream" for a while.

    Martha is one of the first girls I fell in love with. I could take pictures of her all day, every day. And I guess I try, too, because I shoot her every chance I get.

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