I’m on a quest to lighten the competition amongst artists.
The world is a much prettier place when we choose to celebrate our own art…and the art of others we adore.
I heard something a little bit ago about… creative competition…and jealousy.
It went something like this….
Rather than holding onto the jealousy…letting it boil up and over…. or eat us up inside….
Let it go..flip it around…..Celebrate it….out loud…..
‘Oh my gosh…. I wish I thought of that… or I am so in awe of your art…. It’s amazing’…….and so on.
before long….. those jealous, less-than feelings aren’t nearly so yucky….
What do you say? YES?!?
Welcome Cristina… So happy you are here.
Tell us a wee bit about yourself, Cristina.
Hi my name is Cristina. I’m a still life stylist and photographer in love with beauty, simplicity, and creativity.
My favourite things to photograph are flowers, vintage and natural finds, and tea. I have a background in interior design, but I prefer working on a small scale and vignettes are just perfect for me. In fact, I can spend hours playing with flowers, backdrops, and other props, losing myself in a world of stillness and beauty.
I also love working with other creatives, share what I know, encourage and inspire.
I spend my free time reading, mostly fantasy and historical fiction, learning new things, and walking in nature, especially woods and countryside. Being in a wood is the best way I know to ground myself, calm down, and get in touch with my Self – I’ve had lots of insights and ideas whilst walking in the woods!
My husband and I are Italian, but we moved to Dublin, Ireland in 2000, and since 2011 we live near Oxford, UK, with our two cats. We love travelling and seeing new places, and though most of our holidays are spent visiting family and relatives we hope some day to travel more.
Could you tell us about the gear you use to take/make your lovely photos…and what inspires you?
I photograph all my Limited Edition prints, and images for clients, with a Nikon D700.
My favourite lens is a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G – I love how sharp it is, and use it most of the time. I also like my Nikon 105MM AF-S VR 105 f/2.8G macro lens, especially for close ups.
I shoot RAW, do my editing in Lightroom, and use Photoshop for some finishing touches.
I also use the iPhone camera every day, to capture moment of every day life, and for all my Instagram photos. I like the square format, so I use the iPhone to frame my still life images until I’m happy with the composition, and then take a photo with the iPhone for my Instagram account, and one with my Nikon.
I recently upgraded from an iPhone 4s to an iPhone 6, and the image quality is amazing. I mostly use the Photoshop App to edit my iPhone photos.
Please Share one of your favourite photos…. along with a little behind the scenes info?
I photographed this still life in the early afternoon, by a bay window in my sitting room. The window was just opposite me, and I used a reflector to bounce off some of the light and diffuse the shadows.
I didn’t have any fresh flowers, only some snippets from the garden and a few flowers salvaged from a posy, their stalks too ruined to photograph. I needed to take pictures for my Instagram account, so I started playing around with the flowers, my cup of tea, and a vintage book with a cream back cover…and that’s how my “Tea & Flowers” limited edition collection started!
I used my 50mm lens, at f/8.0, and edited in Lightroom.
Could you tell us a bit about you Instagram Experience?
My experience on IG has been amazing. The Instagram community is inspiring, warm, friendly, welcoming, and overall wonderful! I’m an introvert, and shy too, but on IG I found it easy to connect with many creative, lovely people.
I’ve had an Instagram account for some time, but it’s only last year that I started posting images on a regular basis. I believe that beauty has an uplifting, positive influence on people’s life, so I thought I’d share a photo of something lovely every morning to wish a beautiful day to my followers. Like everyone else, I have ups and downs, good days and not so good days, joys and sorrows, but on IG I choose to share only what I consider beautiful and uplifting. It’s become a sort of ritual, an invitation to slow down and find something beautiful, something to be grateful for, every single day…I even created a hashtag called #12monthsofhappystills and everyone is welcome to share their “happy stills” using the hashtag.
Instagram also inspires me to stretch my creativity and find new way to capture beauty. My tip for new IG users is to share their work using hashtags, to join challenges, to push themselves and try new things…and have fun in the process!
Could you share a few of your favourite IG artists? Who inspires you?
There are so many Instagrammers who inspire me, it’s difficult to choose just a few!
@5ftinf never ceases to amaze me, her work is visual poetry.
I’ll stop here, but the list could be way longer!
Cristina, before we say goodbye, please tell us one completely random fact about you?
When I was about ten years old I came across a book of Japanese art and architecture, and visiting Japan has been on my wish list since…one day!
I just love your work…. thank you for sharing so freely.
You are such an amazing inspiration.
My Still Sunday
I host a weekly tag on IG, called #mystillsundaycompetition. To play along tag your IG image with @kimklassen and include the hashtag #mystillsundaycompetition in the comments. This automatically enters your photo(s) in the Still Sunday pool.
Each Wednesday I feature a few of the lovely images both here and over on Instagram. (Sorry but you do need to have Instagram on a device in order to play along.) Until next time…here’s to a week full of inspiration and moments to breathe and just be.