Friday, 28 November 2008

photographer carla coulson

One of Carla's dreamy images of Paris


Carla's latest book - a behind-the-scenes look at Paris

Carla's desk - love the wallpaper too

What has become an iconic image


I want, want, want...


In front of the lens - Carla Coulson


A book that I love to return to is My French Life by Vicki Archer (click here for my interview with her). It is in equal parts due to the images of photographer Carla Coulson as the story of Vicki's restoration of a beautiful home in the south of France. The image on the cover of that book has become a modern-day classic. And so you can imagine how excited I was to learn that Carla has just released a book on my favourite city (well, everyone's favourite city - surely?) - Paris Tango. And in case any of my nearest and dearest are reading this - Carla also has a book on another favourite place - Italian Joy. It's about her love affair with Italy after giving up her day job and moving there to become a photographer. Che bella! E spero che mio marito compri questo libro per un regalo.

What was the starting point for your book Paris Tango? My first job in Paris was for Italian fashion magazine Collezioni. They asked me to photograph details of couture at the ateliers of John Paul Gaultier, Dior, Christian Lacroix and Valentino. It was a wonderful experience entering these places with so much Parisian history. I thought, wow, imagine if I could show everyone this! The seed was planted and during a three-year period I sought out many special places and Parisians and the culmination is Paris Tango.
And what about Italian Joy, what's the story behind that book? Italian Joy is my love letter to Italy. At the beginning of 2000 I changed my life. I left behind a business I had in Sydney for 13 years and moved to Italy to learn photography. Italian Joy is a photographic journal of my experience and all the wonderful things I found along the way in Italy including rediscovering the simple pleasures in life.
Which five words best describe you? I asked my boyfriend to help with this. Messy, funny, enthusiastic, open and passionate.
What's your proudest achievement? Surviving eight years as a freelance photographer in a foreign country.
Who inspires you? Artists, photographers, architects, nature and the man on the street.
What are you passionate about? Photography and life. I think they go hand in hand, if you love one then it is easy to love the other.
What's the best lesson you've learnt? Patience; it has taken eight years to beat the "multitasker" out of me and I feel liberated.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? There are so many but I often think I would love to speak with the generation of my great grandparents. They are the keepers to so many ways and secrets that our society has lost. Also, I love Italian fashion photographer Paolo Roversi.
What's next? More photos!
What are you reading? Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King by Antonia Fraser, Death in the Mountains by Lisa Clifford and The Middle Sea by John Julius Norwich.

images courtesy of Carla Coulson

4 comments:

Sara Bradshaw said...

As it is Thanksgiving, I wanted to share with you an incredible first-hand account of the terror attacks in Mumbai (http://cricketfamily.blogspot.com/2008/11/email-from-mumbai.html) We have so much to be thankful for.
With love,
Sara

Natalie Walton said...

Thanks, Sara. It's one of those stranger-than-fiction stories. And, yes, we do have a lot to be thankful for.

Shannon Fricke said...

Hi Natalie,
Thanks for this interview with Carla - her story is so inspiring and her work is just mesmerizing. Every time I see a Carla Coulson pic - I almost feel like I could dive right into it.
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Natalie Walton said...

Thanks, Shannon. I really think Carla manages to capture beautiful moments in her photography. They are something to behold. I think it's that you can see she has a real passion for life.

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