AT HOME: CLAUDIA SMITH

Having worked with Claudia for many years, on a number of pivotal campaigns and with many more to come, we thought it was only fitting to speak with her for our ‘At Home’ series and explore the creative projects she is embarking on during this time.

Claudia is a photographer and Creative Director, a true artistic soul, a Byron Bay local, an intelligent and inspiring woman and a friend. We have asked her a few questions surrounding her time at home, how she is staying inspired and what adjustments she has made.
 
Introduce yourself and what you do
Claudia Smith, Photographer 

How did you start you career in photography and what has been your most exciting project to date?
From a young age photography was the medium I connected to most. I guess things naturally progressed from there as I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I think my most exciting project is yet to come! 

What do your days currently consist of?
Lately things have been a lot slower, with more days off. Not waking up too early, a warm lemon water and either Qi Gong or a Pilates session to wake my mind and body. After my morning rituals I find each day differs. Today it doesn’t feel right to be focusing on anything other than change and standing in solidarity with BIPOC. Educating myself and supporting those who need it most. 
 
Reading: Boy Swallows Universe - Trent Dalton 
Listening to:  The Hollow Sound of the Morning Chimes - Tops, Limerence - Yves Tumor
Last Watched: Queen and Slim

Image credit (bottom left): Brian Kanagaki Book "Golden Persimmons"

 
What creative projects are you working on?
This time has been more of a mental creative process than a physical one. I enjoy photographing people most, so for me this has been restricting in that I am for the most part not physically being able to photograph what I love. I have been giving time to still life, out of curiosity, as well as going over past work and newspapers I’ve printed. A lot of conceptualising what’s next to come. 

How have these been adjusted while you’re at home?
I’ve been spending more time thinking on projects to come rather than jumping into anything too quickly that doesn’t hold meaning. I have thought a lot about the need we feel to constantly be inspired, having meaning to and creating our best work always. It has been a lot more thinking than physical creation during the last two months which I’m completely okay with and I think is necessary.  

What does your workspace look like?
It differs all the time. My favourite workspace is on location by the sea. I mostly work from home when not shooting on location or a studio, a good table or desk next to a window is key. 


How do you stay inspired?
Having conversations with people I respect, reading, educating, observing/looking and exploring place. 
I think there has been ample time to get out of our own heads and acknowledge privilege. To see our wider community coming together, the amount of fundraisers/print sales and support for our health care workers or those directly affected by COVID-19 is really inspiring. There are much bigger things happening in this world that need desperate reform and I find inspiration in the strength and beauty of progressive changemakers. 
 
What advice would you give to anyone exploring photography during their time at home?
iPhones are good if you don’t own any cameras, I’ve been taking more images of everyday life on my phone and it’s felt therapeutic. Don’t get down on the technical side of things in photography, keep taking pictures, exploring other creative outlets and don’t worry if it’s not your best work yet! The best part about taking new images is letting ideas go where they want to. 

How do you end your day?
With a dip in the ocean if I can.