Ashley Klinger & Co. sat down with our newest addition, interiors photographer Debi Treloar, to ask her about her background, inspiration, and the most unique place she's ever shot!
AK&Co.: To start, could you tell me a little bit about where you’re from?
Debi Treloar: I am from Zimbabwe orginally, and I studied art and photography in South Africa, but I have been living and working in London since I was 20-ish.
AK&Co.: What drew you to interiors specifically when you decided to pursue a career in photography?
DT: I am very nosy and was really interested in the way people live. I love knowing what people eat for breakfast... where they buy their sofa and how they came to choose the colours they live with... I am not sure why... I think I am just curious. Working in Interiors photography is a treat for me. It ticks lots of boxes.
AK&Co.: Out of all of the locations you’ve photographed, which has been your favorite?
DT: Ah, there have been many. The people who live in the houses are normally what make them amazing. The Bailey's house in Hereford is amazing. They have a shop called Baileys Home and Garden, which is next to their house and is mind blowing. I have photographed their house so many times but every time it's different; they are a truly inspiring couple with an incredible sense of style and taste. They have the philosophy to make something out of nothing so it's unique- it's simple and complex at the same time.
AK&Co.: And the strangest?
DT: I am not sure I should mention that! The most unusual is the stylist Ann Shores house in Shoreditch, London. It was a shack in central London... a large white washed painted wooden shed... a wonderful world of collections. Texture, plants and beauty. I think it's the place I would most have liked to live in.
AK&Co.: When it comes to interior design, what are your must-haves?
DT: A sense of not taking it all too seriously- after all we are just on this planet for a short time. I don't think I have specifics but I do like things that are well designed with great functionality. My sofa makes me happy because it's comfy, can fit 5 people on and it looks good, but it's not a must have. Great appliances become must haves to me because they can help so much in daily life. A vitamix to me is a must have and an electric blanket :)
AK&Co.: What would you say your personal design aesthetic is?
DT: Ohh... I am not predictable... some days I like stark and simple, and others eclectic and boho. My home is a mixture of both. I like workwear with a touch of something special. I think I mostly like beautiful things, that are well thought out and that are real in a space with good light.
AK&Co.: Does that influence your work at all?
DT: Yes, definitely. I like my pictures to feel easy to look at and be alive with light and mood. Even in the most simple picture, I like to feel where the light is coming from. I am not good at flat and bland.
AK&Co.: You also shoot lifestyle, exteriors, food, and portraits. How do the processes differ?
DT: I started out doing fashion and beauty and used to shoot a lot more food and people, but I find the interiors more challenging. I do still do some people, food, etc. but for me it's always about the light and the connection to what you are photographing, what ever it is.
AK&Co.: Do you have any advice for aspiring photographers?
DT: If it's what you really want to do and you have some talent, keep trying and don't give up. Learn the technical stuff backwards and then try to forget about it so you concentrate just on what's in front of you. Above all, have fun and enjoy it- it's the most amazing way to earn a living.
AK&Co.: What is something you’d like people to know about yourself and your work?
DT: I love life and try to live it in an all-encompassing way with thought and consideration and try to follow this through in my work and everything I do.
You can find more of Debi's photography here!