Growing up, art became my sole passion. I studied until I was 25, taking courses in the history of art, photography, fine art, and then on to train in 'Costume for Performance' at the London College of Fashion.
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In a world of computer-generated imagery, I shoot all my pictures for real out in the landscape. They are not created in a computer, they are real-life and constructed like mini film sets in front of the camera. There have been times where I have waited for an entire year for a certain field of flowers to bloom for a picture. I am not only a photographer, as I create everything that is in my pictures. I hand make the costumes, props and sets, which can take many months, and are really 80% of my process for producing an image. So I call myself an artist not a photographer for this reason. The pictures are entirely my vision, I design every last detail including the physical appearance of my characters (once I even made a wig for one of them). Everyone helps build the set on the shoot day, even the make-up artist (Elbie Van Eeden) and the models! We are a tiny team of very close friends and we all work equally hard. I am independent. My work is entirely self-funded, I only work for myself, I have achieved everything on my own from the ground up - no agency, no funding and I am self taught. I used to be a fashion designer. I strongly believe in using unusual unique models who are not typical commercial beauty. I believe in diversity and feel we have a responsibility to offer a different vision to the world. People have described my models are 'weird' or 'scary' sometimes, but I take pride in this, weird is good, I'm not interested in being the same as everyone else. I AM DIFFERENT. I gave up my entire lifetime career as a successful fashion designer to be a fine art photographer, before I was even with a gallery or had ever sold a print! It was something I just had to do, it was a huge risk.
Watch Kirsty's full wonderland series on http://kirstymitchellphotography.com/
Behind the scenes with Kirsty Mitchell:
'I am driven by the need to produce tangible pieces of my dreams..'