Featured Artist Kirsteen Titchener

Mysterious and compelling, the portfolio of artist Kirsteen Titchener focuses on the human condition. See more of her work by visiting her website.

 

"Let It Go" photography printed on Hahnemuhle Photorag 308gsm, sizes vary, by Kirsteen Titchener. See her artist feature at www.ArtsyShark.com

“Let It Go” photography printed on Hahnemuhle Photorag 308gsm, sizes vary

 

I am a self-taught photographic artist living in the UK. I am drawn to creating images that are usually impossible to capture in our everyday world, and yet remain somehow believable. The majority of my work is made up from a large number of different shots combined using many hours of digital editing to create the final piece.

 

Missing: Spellbound, photography printed on Hahnemuhle Photorag 308gsm, sizes vary by Kirsteen Titchener. See her artist feature at www.ArtsyShark.com

“Missing: Spellbound”, photography printed on Hahnemuhle Photorag 308gsm, sizes vary

 

I started exploring Adobe Photoshop alongside my explorations into photography about 10 years ago. I became instantly hooked by the opportunities it offered, as I cannot draw or paint. I find the process of layering and blending photographs together endlessly fascinating, as well as being quite a therapeutic process. I love watching a new image evolve through this process. I can happily become lost in an edit for days at a time.

 

Missing: Autumn, photography printed on Hahnemuhle Photorag 308gsm, sizes vary by Kirsteen Titchener. See her artist feature at www.ArtsyShark.com

“Missing: Autumn”, photography printed on Hahnemuhle Photorag 308gsm, sizes vary.

 

The motivation for my images is ever-changing. Some are spur-of-the-moment creations inspired by a flick through my stock images and noticing a combination that works together in my mind’s eye. Others are inspired by folktales from the region where I live, sometimes a season or an event. My background as a psychologist also contributes strongly with many finished images focusing on the fragility of the human condition and emotions.

 

"Hourglass Within" photography printed on Hahnemuhle Photorag 308gsm, sizes vary by Kirsteen Titchener. See her artist feature at www.ArtsyShark.com

“Hourglass Within” photography printed on Hahnemuhle Photorag 308gsm, sizes vary.

 

I am currently developing a series of self-portraits that lack “the self” in a recognizable form. The self is then replaced by something representing an element of a person or life such as autumn leaves. Sometimes they are left without a recognizable form at all. To me, this represents the feeling of being in a crowded room, but not being seen or heard.

 

The artist, Kirsteen Titchener. See her artist feature at www.ArtsyShark.com

The artist, Kirsteen Titchener

 

I particularly enjoy self-portraiture because it enables me to create a piece without assistance or direct input from others. This allows me to become completely immersed in the creation of an image from beginning to end.

 

"The Grip" photography printed on Hahnemuhle Photorag 308gsm, sizes vary by Kirsteen Titchener. See her artist feature at www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Grip” photography printed on Hahnemuhle Photorag 308gsm, sizes vary.

 

All the images that go into a composite piece are ones that I have photographed myself. I have an extensive library of stock images that I continually work to top up. Sometimes I’ll photograph something because I need it for particular image. Other times, I’ll photograph an object because I think it might come in useful one day. Sometimes it’ll be several years before that happens, and I still have many photos waiting their turn.

 

"Missing: Silenced" photography printed on Hahnemuhle Photorag 308gsm, sizes vary, by Kirsteen Titchener. See her artist feature at www.ArtsyShark.com

“Missing: Silenced” photography printed on Hahnemuhle Photorag 308gsm, sizes vary.

 

Some of my key goals are to encourage people to stop and look twice at photography as art and to consider what an image means to them and how it resonates.

 

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