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Artist Feature

By Framd | 12 August 2019

Photographs of hue

 
Self-taught photographer Lindsey Barretto’s work is as colourful as her contagious zest for all things art. By day, she is manager of the Academicians’ Room at the Royal Academy of Arts and her stolen moments are spent exploring the everyday essence of cultural hotspots, and partaking in a spot of tribal drawing…

 

Lindsey Barretto

Life of landscapes ... stunning! by Lindsey Barretto
 
If you had to define yourself, are you a photographer or a painter?

I am a photographer, mainly. I’ve been taking pictures for as long as I can remember, becoming more serious within the last four years when I started travelling more. Only recently, in the last nine months or so have I started painting.

 

What kind of style would you class your photography as?

I would say landscape. I have a brilliant magnifying lens that allows me to take close ups. I love focussing in on the everyday things that people tend to look past, like a blade of grass dancing in the wind with the sun hitting it. I don’t use filters; I like the images to be as raw as possible – I suppose it’s my way of reminding the world of the little things in life. I also like taking impromptu, natural shots of people, moments when they are thinking, talking, walking or laughing, I love capturing these instances!

 

What’s the attraction with photography?

Primarily for expression, I just prefer to express myself through photography. I’ve always taken photographs but since experiencing some recent success, I now have this enthusiasm and drive to do it better and be more successful. I take photos on a daily basis and I try to paint on my days off but it depends on my mood…and the weather!

 

And your drawing and painting?

I love drawing with black ink, which is a tribal style of drawing, I’ll often turn the paper around and view it from lots of different angles and it helps me see things from a totally new perspective. It’s truly amazing what you can see sometimes! Also, I do love working with acrylic but my heart is with oil, when the oil paint eventually dries it’s easy to add new layers and texture, I enjoy using materials like tissue paper and glitter.

 
Photo by Lindsey Barretto
Photo by Lindsey Barretto
 
Photo by Lindsey Barretto
Photo by Lindsey Barretto

You mentioned you travelled; what’s the most ‘photogenic’ place you’ve visited?

I would have to say – culture-wise - Rotterdam. It was beyond beautiful. I stopped so many times to capture a moment! I adore architecture, and the buildings were fantastic - not just the famous cube upside down houses, but the bridges were a main attraction for me. Los Angeles is also fantastic, and I am very fortunate to be able to spend a lot of time going back and forth there. The image I currently have in the Summer Exhibition is actually from LA. It’s really an outstanding place to photograph, from the streets of downtown to the outskirts.

 

Who has inspired you?

My job has allowed me to build great relationships with artists such as Eileen Cooper, Yinka Shonibare, David Hockney and Rebecca Salter and through them, I have learned many things and taken inspiration from their different disciplines and techniques. Eileen Cooper gave me a painting once because it reminded her of me – that was a great inspiration! But not only that, she encouraged me to look at my work in new lights by turning the paper over and revealing new patterns. Also, my mum – she told me that it IS possible to do a job you love and I’ve always taken that sentiment with me.

 

Tell us about your favourite piece of work from your own collection…

I have two. My first is called ‘City of Angels’ which is a piece that I entered into the Summer Exhibition for the first time and got through! When I was in L.A I never really saw grass or leaves but I eventually stumbled across some and they were really vibrant. The second one is called ‘Maiori’ which I took in the south of Italy, near the Amalfi coast, the image is so serene and peaceful and real, I love the block colours too.

 

What kind of success have you had so far with your photography?

I am currently in the Summer Exhibition 2019 at The Royal Academy! I’ve sold my picture as well as some additional prints, and I am very pleased indeed. From this, there have been a few spin-off exhibitions, Chilton Gallery being one of them. The lady who owns the gallery asked me back for their summer show and I was, of course, thrilled to accept!

 

Do you have any advice for other photographers?

I’m such a newly recognised artist that I’m still figuring things out myself. I would say, do anything that encourages you to grow and as a new artist, don’t turn down any opportunities, you’ll regret it! This sounds cliched but going for a walk definitely helps me, venturing into the woods or strolling along the canal. Look at other peoples’ work online too or go to an exhibition for inspiration.

 

What do you think of Framd and its concept?

I love the concept, it’s a fantastic way of supporting emerging artists and it’s so easy to upload photos and use, even on your mobile. I love the simplicity of the APP - it’s not intimidating like some can be.

 

 


 

 

Photo by Lindsey Barretto
Photo by Lindsey Barretto

 

 
Photo by Lindsey Barretto
Photo by Lindsey Barretto

 

 

 

 

Photo by Lindsey Barretto
Photo by Lindsey Barretto

 

 
Lindsey Barretto

Lindsey Barretto

 

 
Photo by Lindsey Barretto
Photo by Lindsey Barretto

 

 

 

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