Monday, 14 December 2009

Peeping Tallulah / Photographer

This week the TT test is taken by the intriguing photographer Peeping Tallulah. In her own words, she plays on the theme of the subservient fear of female eroticism. Taking photographs in public and private spaces, Peeps (as she is affectionately known by her muses) illustrates and annotates a very adult world of submission and domination. Even though this is a world I’m not ordinarily drawn to, I find her work to be challenging and refreshing and her answers to the TT test very interesting !! What is your wake up song at the moment ? I’m totally obsessed with a Middle eastern feel at the moment... And so the song, "Mreyte Ya Mreyte" from the film "Caramel" is what I look forward to in the morning, preferably with a strong coffee and cigarette... Which work of art or single event has most influenced you in your chosen profession ? Of all the art stuff that’s gone in, none really stand out as pinnacle moments. I loved Dali as a child, religious icons, Bacon as I got a little older. And then all the usual, I suppose the Sensation exhibition opened my eyes to something knew. In truth though... I think the biggest influence was my last lover... who taught me something about the darker side of love. If you could travel back in time, which period would you most like to visit and why ? Probably a time where very pale skin, plump bosom and a tiny waste was the fashion... maybe Victorian, but only if I was stinking rich… I've always been intrigued with Neanderthals, so maybe cave man times would suit me best. I love eating out and discovering new restaurants, can you please recommend one to me ? My house... I know its not quite a restaurant, but I can recommend it. Or... if your are ever in Columbia Road market, there's a very sweet coffee shop on Hackney Road. Coffee is superb and they make perfect sandwiches and cakes, "Taste of Bitter Love" [link]. What is the best advice you ever been given relating to your professional/creative life ? "If you think it’s a good thing for you... then do it.” Bonus question: I have 2 questions really: When you first started photographing this night time universe were you looking for something transgressive to document or did you always feel like an insider and were actually telling your story ? I found something like home in the alternative scene in London. It seemed entirely natural to photograph it. Many of the people you photograph are playing roles or living out fantasies that they may not be able to in their daily lives so how do they feel about being photographed knowing that the photos may well end up being published or exhibited to a wider audience or even family and friends ?! To be entirely honest... I'm not sure how they feel about it. I think they like it... being admired, desired... wanted and shared. I only work with people who want it... and feel that its good for them, and then it becomes a shared moment. After that, my work belongs to everyone who wants to see it.