Meet our Photographer: Fleassy
Meet Fleassy. She is one of the photographers on The Photo Forest.
UK born, Melbourne dwelling spoken word poet and PHOTOGRAPHER!
When did you start photographing?
I have adored taking photos since I was a kid and always had a camera of some sort, I documented a lot of my travels around the world in photographs but never did anything professionally. I got my current camera as a gift from my partner and friends last Christmas as all I had was my phone at that point. Since then I have been doing a lot more photography.
What were you like in high school?
I was an interesting creature, not popular by any stretch but I had a little crew of friends. I was in the “alternative” community being into rock, punk and metal music and being queer. I was also very into drama and theatre and blossomed on stage so would go between being shy and afraid of being bullied to being very outgoing and confident depending on who I was with. I was, and still am a very creative person with all kinds of craft and art projects going on.
You describe yourself as a Professional Poet, what piece of poetry is your absolute favorite?
Hmm that’s a bit of a strange question for me as I rarely read poetry. I perform and write professionally, run events and teach Spoken Word so the majority of poetry I am exposed to is written by people I meet at events or students, and it is performed. I feel really blessed to be surrounded by incredibly inspiring poets and writers in my life and really couldn’t pick a favorite. However, the book “Love Letters from God” is possibly my favorite collection of poems. It contains pieces from mystic poets from the east and the west including female writers and is an incredible exploration of the relationship between the self and divine.
Lots of (hobby) photographers struggle with choosing the right camera, what would you say is the most important?
I’m no expert in cameras (when ever I want one I have a friend I ask and basically get whatever he just got haha) but a hugely important question for me is “will I actually use it?” … basically, if it’s too big… I just won’t take it anywhere. I fell in love with the mirrorless Lumix range (the four thirds style) about 6 years ago and haven’t looked back. I currently use a Lumix G8.
I also love a camera to have a good array of auto filters etc as a self-employed mum I get very little editing time so if the images look good straight off the camera it is ideal for me.
What editing tools/programs do you use for your photos?
Photoshop… but I try not to edit off the camera and use filters etc on the device as much as possible to get the effect I want. Mostly to save time.
What is your current food craving?
I have fallen in love with Laksa (veggie) recently…mmm mmm mmmm
How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
Practicing. I take my camera out and I play and play and play.
How do your friends describe you?
Passionate, Authentic and a total powerhouse of creativity.
What are some of your favorite locations that you shot in?
Ever? wow…. too many to pick from really. I have shot in Japanese temples, Burmese refugee camps, French mountains, cities, islands, jungles, festivals and more. I just love shooting authentic and real situations.
Pick two celebrities to be your parents.
oh wow…. Brene Brown would be my mum…. David Attenborough would be my dad. haha
And the last one – where would you like to see yourself in 5-10 years, photography wise?
With a macro lense! haha! But seriously photography is a loved hobby of mine and if my photos are out in the world and people are loving them that makes me happy. It has never been a business for me but if it got to the point where I was being approached for what I do naturally and being offered high paid gigs to shoot then I would be very happy. Like I say though, I have a business and career in Spoken Word and womens empowerment and thats my focus so I am happy for photography to be a hobby as long as it gives me (and hopefully others) joy.