Dotted with Hearts got the chance to interview Kitten from Pirate Photography!
Q. Tell us a bit about yourself and ' Pirate Photography'
I’m Kitten, and Pirate Photography is my alternative photography. My passions are photography, Hello Kitty, country music, my cats and writing. I’m 22 and I live with my partner in a very nerdy flat full of DVDs and figurines. I photograph women almost exclusively, and shoot fashion, fetish, conceptual and artistic nudes.
Q. Where in the world are you based?
I’m currently based in Norwich, Norfolk in England. I was previously based in Grimsby, Lincolnshire but moved to Norwich about a year ago.
Q. How did you get into photography?
I’ve always taken photos for fun, and when I started my English Literature degree I was spending a lot of time on my own as I can be quite shy, so I took more and more photos, my parents bought me a Fujifilm finepix S9600 which is a compact SLR camera and it all spiralled from there! Now I’m obsessed hehe
Q. What do you look for in a model?
Something unusual, something striking, eyes that can show emotion. I’m not necessarily looking for a high fashion stick thin model, I’ve photographed everyone from agency signed fashion models to plus size heavily tattooed models, there just needs to be a little something that makes me want to take your photo. Currently I’m loving models with long naturally red hair and lots of freckles like Cintia Dicker, high cheekbones and gap teeth like Lara Stone, and then at the other extreme girls with tattoos on their necks and hands and bald models. I love really pale women and I hate fake tan! Other than that, I’m looking for models who aren’t afraid of having fun and being a bit daft on shoots, who aren’t scared of showing some skin and who want to try something different.
Q. Do you prefer studio or location shoots?
Location definitely, I’ve never even been in a studio! I’d love to get the opportunity to shoot with in a studio but I just don’t have the money to rent one so it won’t happen for a long time. I like juxtaposing and contrasting on location, fashion latex in grungy environments being a favourite of mine. The vast majority of what I shoot is on location or in and around where I live, and mostly shot with natural light.
Q. Who or what is your inspiration?
As cheesy as it sounds, beauty. I aim to create beautiful images and show how beautiful the woman in the image is. My photographs aren’t always pretty in the typical way, but that isn’t always the aim, I want to show emotion and tell stories. There are photographers I admire, and models whose look gives me inspiration, country music inspires me to tell stories, and other art inspires me, a word or a phrase might give me an idea. I also have a Lensbaby that inspires me to no end, its such a creative and fun lens and I am always coming up with new ways to use it.
Q. Do you have any new ideas or projects coming up?
I’m working on a project at the moment called ‘Sleep’, I’ve only done one shoot at the moment for it as I’m planning locations and models before I really reveal more of the details. I’m trying to get more into shoot more experimental work, and telling more stories as over the last couple of years I’ve shot a lot of pretty pictures but I want to show more emotion instead. I’m also hoping to move into erotica (not porn might I add) and combine the new styles with that.
Q. Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years time?
In an ideal world, I’ve love for me and my partner to be living in the US, him doing the job he is working for on his degree at the moment, and me shooting full time. However, in reality, who knows? I’ll probably still be stuck in England shooting around a day job. Photography is a tough world and I’m not daft, but a girl can dream!