Recently, Teresa has been venturing into new photography territories. Read on to find out what she’s on to next, her cure for creative slumps, and some tips for building a strong following on social media.
The process was and is, mainly, about time. Spending a lot of it on editing software and figuring out what I wanted to change, and how I could change it — that elementary curiosity of “what does this button do?” When I started traveling more, I started to realize just how much you could work with colour to shape an image and give a subtle strangeness to a place, as something that exists at the same time that it doesn’t. I’ve always been attracted to tinted colours, so that wasn’t really a decision but a natural outcome. More and more, I want to give a cinematic look to the photos I take, so that’s what I’m always trying to reach when choosing what to photograph and how to edit it. For the record — since I’m asked this so often — I don’t use presets. I edit each set of pictures (from a day, a place, a person, etc.) individually in Lightroom.
I never felt like I’m in a position to recommend something to others, I’m still trying to figure a lot of stuff out. I’m not even sure how I got here.
I think I’ll emphasize a piece of general advice: figure out what you want to get better at, if you haven’t yet, and spend most of your available time trying to improve it.
I don’t think there’s a purely rational basis for my colour preference when shooting and editing. Pastel colors give a dreamlike and tender surface to images that I can appreciate — it’s one way of experiencing visual pleasure, and the positive feedback I received from it helps reinforce it.