Shoot the Breeze: Tessa Bolsover

Tessa Bolsover‘s photos are mostly black and white. Between these two shades she captures all kinds of drama. The 21-year-old photographer from Portland, Oregon photographs vast intimidating landscapes as well as enigmatic portraits. Her photos are mysterious and eerie; they seem like frames from a movie I would like to see. Tessa is also a musician, writer and an online Junior Editor for Ballad Of… Magazine.  -TC 

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1. Why do you take photos?
Because sometimes I can’t find words.

2. Do you carry your camera with you everywhere you go?
Not everywhere, but I like to keep one nearby.

 3. What celebrity would you like to shoot most?

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4. What animal would you like to be, if not a human?
A deer or a whale.

5. What is your favorite smell?

6. Would you like to live forever?
I don’t think so.


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7. What do you think is the best photo you have ever taken to
There’s a photograph I took last summer of my boyfriend, Samson, asleep in the back of a van. He’s completely wrapped in a sleeping bag except for one exposed hand, suspended in the morning light. The night before had been really intense, and in the morning everything felt lucid, magnified. I’m drawn to this photo because it makes me remember that feeling.

8. What’s your favorite pastime?
Writing music, reading, making things, traveling.

 9. Do you like having your photo taken?

10. Who are your favorite photographers currently?
Sally Mann, Esther Teichmann, Harley Weir, Nan Goldin, William Eggleston.

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