March 10, 2020



Photography by Ingrid Clauwaert
Interview by Bill Lacey

Fine art photographer, Ingrid Clauwaert forgets about the world when she walks around with her camera. She is a light searcher, impulsive and passionate, always looking for a creative perspective.

"The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper."
W.B Yeats

TPL: Ingrid, when did you start getting interested in photography?

CC: I did a little when I was 12 years, but as I was studying music, I stopped with photography. I started again in December 2018.

TPL: Where do you find your inspiration?

CC: I buy photography books, view accounts of fantastic photographers in different styles on Instagram so I can always be triggered to try something new.

TPL: Do you have any favourite artists or photographers you would like to share with us?

CC: Harry Callahan, Fan Ho, Mark Fearnley, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Trent Parke, Mo Barzegar, and Sean Tucker.

TPL: Has your style of shooting changed since you first started?

CC: Certainly, and it is still evolving! I started off with nature photography and now I focus mainly to fine art, always in search for that one human element framed into the light. Still I love different styles. And as I am still learning I try out other styles when I see an inspiring photo.

TPL: Where is your favourite place to shoot?

CC: Most of the time I search for places where I can shoot stairs or train stations as I have a fascination for them. One of my favourite cities is Lisbon but I really love London too. So much to discover yet. And I love to walk around randomly and click whatever I feel in that moment.

TPL: Do you think equipment is important in achieving your vision in your photography? What would you say to someone just starting out?

CC: I started with an iPhone 6, after 5 months I bought a Panasonic Lumix GX80 with a 14-42 lens, which I am very happy with. Maybe in the future I will buy another lens as I will continue to evolve. I would say to someone just starting: it is not the gear that makes the photographer, it is the passion and eye you need the most.

TPL: What characteristics do you think you need to become a good photographer? What’s your tips?

CC: Try things out, get inspired, be passionate, don’t give up and go out and feel the moment!

TPL: Have you ever been involved in the artistic world before photography?

CC: Yes, I am a violinist, composer and singer in different styles of music.

TPL: Are there any special projects you are currently working on that you would like to let everyone know about?

CC: I am working on my own website, want to organize a little expo and will soon propose my art for sale.

TPL: “When I am not out photographing, I (like to)…

CC: Be composing, singing, painting, cooking difficult dishes or baking the most complicated cakes and reading books. I really need to be creative and challenged.”