‘I love new things, I love art, I love people expressing themselves,’ says Courtney. ‘And I definitely love things unexpected, imaginative and occasionally controversial – maybe even unwanted!’
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I specialise in alternative photography and photo manipulation. I am very fortunate to have such talented family and friends around me, where support and the idea of being more creative and out of the box is pushed!
It is safe to say that I have sometimes been described as ‘obsessive’, or ‘having an obsession with what I do…’ Well what I say to that is if passion + enthusiasm = obsession… then I’m obsessed and proud of it!
When I was young, I loved new things and trying things that were different. I loved my computer and I loved art. Asking a peer, as you do, ‘can I be a professional artist?’ the answer I got was: ‘No. There’s no point and you wouldn’t be able to live off it. Do something else.’ That same week, I was given a random opportunity to play on a Wacom Tablet and started drawing on the screen. I was so blown away by this first encounter – I’ve never got over it
What inspires you?
Every day I am inspired by the things around me. Living and working in London allows me to access a lot of very cool things that go on! Music, exhibitions and creative activities inspire me, as well as digital art.
I am very into my music; it’s an influence in each piece. I choose an album to listen to when creating something new and there’s no doubt that the tune makes me change my mind about what I want to do.
I am also a sport enthusiast – watching it as well as doing it! I’m a keen quad skater – weekends in London allow me to go to Hyde Park and see the people around me. Tricks, breaks and dances on skates are amazing!
You don’t know there is a world out there unless you looked for it.
Twitter is a massive part of my life. I have met new people and got in touch with people who I wouldn’t have thought I’d ever be able to talk to, including June Malone (@junemalone) and Tigz Rice (@Tigzy). You may feel a bit of a mug posting your life and ideas on there, and get ready to be criticised – but in the end, Twitter is great for learning, finding information and making friends.
What is your favourite piece of work you have produced?
My favourite piece of work is always changing. I love everything I do, and then I love the next piece more! When I am able to spend more time on my pieces, I feel the most satisfied.
I give myself different genres and goals all the time, so I guess that’s why I don’t have a specific favourite as they are never the same.
I love working with others too – meeting another creative who has different ideas and knowledge, and where you can learn and work together is great. Being a retoucher, I get to work with other photographers and models, whose style can be so opposite to my own that our clash actually is a ‘splash’ and we end up working really well together.
Who is your favourite ‘creative’ in your chosen field?
I used to have favourite artists who I watched and loved – Hanna-Barbera and Quentin Blake would be on that list – and then I started getting ambitious and wanted to make stuff myself. I joined forums, Twitter and Deviant Art. By doing this I found networks of people who inspired me, who made me think: ‘WOW… I want to do that’. Or: ‘how did they think of doing that?’
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