We’ve been looking out for new talents and fell on Jessica’s work. Her love for nature and for capturing beauty through her camera really do amazing photos. Judge by yourself…By Sonia Staali

Tell us a little bit about yourself – Though Australian born, I grew up in Switzerland before moving back to Melbourne as a headstrong teenager, leaving behind an unfinished teaching degree and bringing with me a love for drama, dance and nature. Melbourne gave me the freedom to explore my creative side, at the beginning shyly and nowadays more and more unhindered, mostly through the photography medium. I live with my husband Michael who is an incredible musician, our son Syd and melancholic greyhound Soda in an old cottage in the Macedon Ranges, about an hour north of Melbourne in the countryside.
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Where does your passion for photography come from? And can you remember your first image? – What I love about photography is that it gives the opportunity to explain without having to find the words. Sadly I can’t remember my first image. I’m sure it would have been something like a swan on a lake on a toy camera. I vaguely remember a photo like that in a family album next to my childhood photos with a tag saying ‘Jessica took this’

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We know that each of us has someone or something, which inspires our life and work. Can you tell us the true basis of your inspiration? – Actually, I think we are all always searching for what it actually is that ignites and stokes our internal fire. I haven’t yet been able to put my finger on it.

And how would you describe your own work? – Melancholic, moody and uncomfortably, unsettlingly understood

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When it comes for work, how do you manage the need of a client and your own creativity? – I’m very fortunate that a lot if not most of my clients trust me enough to leave the direction up to me. I always find that with the least structure, the most magic happens and luckily this ethos is welcomed and encouraged by my clients.

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What do you think of the new craze around photography? – The incredibly accessibility of photography and quantity of images nowadays can be daunting, for sure. I think in the long run it will come down to what the individual puts in to an image. It’s rawness, uniqueness and genuine heart that will let it stand apart.

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Can you tell us a funny story that happened on a set of a photo shoot? – Often people find it very amusing and fascinating to see the lengths we sometimes go to as photographers to get ‘the shot’. I’ve often been surprised at their shocked faces while I’ve been hanging from ladders with my dress halfway over my head, tangled in barbed wire while backing up to get some distance from my subject or wading into water fully clothed. Getting into these sorts of positions is actually a big drawcard to photography for me. They push me out of my comfort zone and make me feel alive.

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Jessica Tremp
www.jessicatremp.com