TBP is an Australian photographer who spends his time in oceans and cities. He has a degree in photography from RMIT University and is the Photo-Editor and Co-Founder of Paper Sea Quarterly magazine.
When he is not burning moments onto Kodak film TBP is busy putting himself in different situations and places seeking out his next image.
We sat down with TBP to get a little more on the man behind the lens;
Where are you right now?
Floating between Melbourne and Sydney while I move my life up to Sydney. Sending you an email on a sunny day from my home studio in Melbourne.
How long have you been shooting and what lead you to it?
I have been shooting on various cameras since I was a tiny kid but I would say I have been doing it professionally for about 5 years. I was drawn to photography as a means of gathering little scenes I wanted to store and look at again. It made sense and was the easiest, quickest and most accurate way of me being able to do that.
Have you changed your approach since you started?
My personal work has become much more thought out and purposeful. I now know more about how to use cameras and how to use them to get the result I am after. Within commercial photography it has all been about learning to work with people and come up with concepts that will work for a brand or client and being creative within that.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration in the ocean, on adventures and in cities and from the people and scenes which exist within them.
Have you ever had a shot that got away?
Plenty. So many it hurts. I think that shots that get away from you for whatever reason are one of the reasons you keep shooting. It may be as simple as coming up with an idea that would have made a shoot with a model after the shoot has wrapped or missing a certain split second moment shooting in the ocean or out the window of a bus but no matter what it is it hurts and it keep you shooting to make sure you miss as few moments as possible.
Where does your next photography mission take you?
My next big trip is to the Telo Islands in Indonesia to shoot the first part of a campaign for a new brand launching mid this year called Pt Nemo. It's exciting to be working with them all year as a staff photographer and when they come out they are going to really change the market.
Any particularly memorable responses to your work?
I guess for most photographers it takes one moment of confidence to allow them to follow their dream of being a photographer. For me it was in high school when my photography teacher told me that aside from anything to do with understanding how a camera works she can see in my images that I have 'the eye' and that all the other stuff is easy to teach. It was a confidence booster but it was also something I thought about my own work. It was never about the camera for me.
What jobs have you had other than being a photographer?
It's hard to make regular money from photography and I am lucky to say that I do. It has been a huge amount of work to be able to make that happen and I was always working 3 jobs in order to be able to buy film, travel, buy cameras and progress my work. I have packed shelves in supermarkets, worked on the docks unloading shipping containers and done a stint in retail. I did whatever I needed to do and I think it's important to work a lot of jobs as it pushes you into different circles of people and teaches you a lot of different skills. I am currently a photographer and I am also the Photo-Editor at Paper Sea Quarterly Magazine.
If you couldn’t be a photographer, what would you do instead?
I have always liked magazines and I currently work at one as the Photo-Editor. I like being able to go through images everyday and interact with photographers/ tell them what I think and why. Discussing the subtleties of images is a passion of mine and it's something that would keep me satisfied if I was no longer able to take photographs myself for whatever reason.
You have to choose one camera and one lens to take around the world. What would it be?
Probably a Yashica T4. It's a film point and shoot with a flash and a good lens. It would be annoying as it's not instant like a DSLR but as an all-round camera that is portable and decent this is what I would take. I would definitely NOT only take one camera though.
If you could live someone else’s life for a day, who would it be and why?
Probably go back in time and be Jacques Cousteau on some crazy underwater expedition he did before all this technology we have. I'm into explorers and he is just one of those guys in history who blows my mind.
Early riser or night owl?
Early riser. By 10pm I pretty much can't stay awake no matter what I'm doing or who I'm talking to. Might have something to do with how early I get up...
What is something not many people know about you?
I buy girls jeans sometimes coz they fit me better and one time I got a pair home and they had diamantes around the pockets...
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
That composition is key in making an image. If you can't frame an image then no matter what else you do in camera or in the editing stage the image will suck. This is how I approach every image I take.