We took some time out in the Shed with a cup of tea and a chat with photographer Helen Harper to talk about her work.
What first drew you to photography?
I am fortunate enough to have done a little travelling and I particularly like architecture and buildings. I think that inspired me to start taking more photos. One or two people I know said they liked some pieces and it went from there.
What is your favourite photographic memory, and why?
Not sure I have a favourite photographic memory, I see stuff I like and I take a picture, my work is not complicated, its pretty pictures (I hope!).
Who is your favourite photographer, and why?
I don’t have a favourite photographer!!
What would be your ideal camera, and where would you take it?
I don’t have an ideal camera, currently I use a Fujifilm Finepix HS20EXR and then I have a small basic digital camera, usually depends on the size of my handbag which one I take.
Tell us what you enjoy most about your own work, and what has inspired you recently.
I just like taking pictures, I know that sounds too simplistic but its true. I have my blog http://helenharperphotography.blogspot.co.uk/ which I update with new stuff, I enjoyed a recent trip to Kirkstall Abbey.
Do you have bursts of creativity – and when/where are you most creative?
Yes, probably to do with the weather! I love crisp blue skies, shame I live in England!
What are the most important elements of a successful photo?
Who knows?! I just like to have the horizon in the centre of the picture, or whatever is the main object of the picture. My work is very simple, I rarely use the flash, I prefer simple pictures that are hopefully as you would see them if you were there.
Tell us about your favourite photograph, either your own or someone else’s, and please send us a copy if you have one!
I don’t think I have one, though with pictures of people say I love unposed pictures, the type where the people in them don’t realise they are being photographed.
Thanks Helen you can view more of Helen’s work by visiting her Shed profile.