Emerge Spotlight: Charlotte Tomlinson

Photo by Charlotte Tomlinson
Photo by Charlotte Tomlinson

NTU’s 20th annual photo festival Emerge kicks off next month, and Platform’s Photo Editor Callum Baigrie is following the build up to what is turning out to be one of the biggest and best shows yet. Read more about the festival here.

On the run up to the festival, Platform are speaking to some of the photographers exhibiting. We’ll be finding out who is inspiring them, what their projects are about, and what they plan to do after the festival closes. Charlotte Tomlinson’s work looks at minimal products and interiors.

Photo by Charlotte Tomlinson
Photo by Charlotte Tomlinson

What is your degree show project about?

My project is based around the ideas of products, objects, interiors and colours. I chose many different minimal-looking products from different stores, photographed them in and will be presenting them in a catalogue-like book. It could be said that I am almost creating a mini portfolio of product photography. By styling them in a certain way I am showing that minimal and mundane looking objects can be bought to life in the correct setting, lighting and paired with the correct colourings.

By styling them in a certain way I am showing that minimal and mundane looking objects can be bought to life in the correct setting

Which photographers/artists are inspiring this body of work?

Throughout my project I have been purchasing different magazines such as Elle Décor, Wallpaper and other interior design magazines, these have really helped me with my inspiration as they give me great ideas for styling and what sort of products match what colours/settings. I am also a huge fan of the website ‘Trendland.com’, there are so many inspiring artists, photographers and designers on there, so rather than just one specific artist I would say I have taken inspiration from an array of designers such as Muuto Design and Ferm Living.

Photo by Charlotte Tomlinson
Photo by Charlotte Tomlinson

What do you plan on doing after you graduate?

After graduation I would like to continue a career in photography/styling. So my plan is to gain as much work experience/internships as possible until I am a strong enough candidate. I am hoping to go travelling too.

Charlotte will be exhibiting at N_Space. Check out more of Charlotte’s work on the Emerge website here.