Nadette Clare-Talbot, Photographer

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Nadette Clare-Talbot is a South African photographer living in Malta. She has a background in commercial photography and has worked predominantly in the magazine and advertising industry whilst living in Johannesburg.

How did you get started?
I started shooting as a teenager and my dad helped me to build a little black and white darkroom in our garage. I was the only student in my final school year to Art major in Photography so I was given permission to work at home in my darkroom whist the other Art students painted in class. After high school I completed my B-Tech Degree studies in Photography whilst assisting a fashion photographer at the same time.

What genre do you consider your work to be?
Contemporary Photography

Describe your work in less than 10 words.
Images that reflect my own personal photographic aesthetic.

Where was your first exhibition held?
In Malta! I have changed gears in my photographic direction towards fine-art imagery.

How long have you been shooting?
I have been shooting as long as I can remember and I have had the privilege to work with loads of different photographic mediums – 35mm film, 8 x 10 Polaroid, Medium and Large format cameras and of course Digital formats.
Which is your favourite from among your own artworks?
Although I do actually have my favourite works, I don’t tell anyone about it as I feel it is like being asked to pick a favourite child!!

Whose artist’s work are you most inspired by?
Tim Walker. He is my all-time favourite photographer. There is genius, beauty, consistency and magic in his work. I am in awe of his talent.

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
An aspiring photographer.

What is the epitome of happiness for you?
Finding a balance between family life and a creative life. And chocolate.

What are you working on at the moment?
Nothing at the moment! I am just coming off the back of my first exhibition, so taking a little time off, but the ideas are already brewing for the next project….

Are you a morning person or do you come alive at night?
Most certainly a night person.

How many coffees a day? Don’t embellish.
Too many.

Sundays can be very productive for some and very unproductive for others. How do you spend yours?
Sundays are very much family time for me. I want to be with my husband Greg and my son Kian. Just hanging with the boys.

Wine and cheese. Yes or no?
YES and YES.

If you were given a million euros, what would you indulge yourself with?
I think I would do some good first then treat myself and my boys to an amazing “around the world” trip. Also then perhaps splurge on some incredible art.

Favourite place to holiday?
Cape Town.

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