Friends! I am so excited to share with you the work of Tina Albrecht, a designer/photographer residing in Vancouver, BC. This particular collection of hers captures the stunning climatic range of British Columbia. From dense fog to abundant snow to effervescent sunlight filtering through the clouds, the face of BC shifts dramatically as the seasons fold into one another.
The lovely Tina sat down with us to chat about her creative background and where she gleans her day-to-day inspiration.
Q&A with Tina Albrecht
1. Please name three things you are currently into:
- Anything with gold plating
- Creating an amazing cocktail bar at home (I already have a bunch of lovely gold trimmed glasses)
- My patio. I have big plans to create a lush, green, outdoor living space to spend my summer evening relaxing in. If only spring would hurry up and get here!!
2. You are a communications designer by trade. How did you get into photography?
I started taking photos in high school with my dad’s film camera. I would lug around the camera and a suitcase full of lenses, making my sister and friends pose for me. When I went to university at Emily Carr, I took photography as a minor and have been dabbling in it ever since. I have always been drawn to photography and sometimes I think that if I hadn’t gone into design, I probably would have chosen photography as a career.
3. Was there a defining moment / turning point in your life when you realized what you wanted to do for a living?
When I was in my early teens I loved to draw, I would cut photos of my favourite baseball players out of the newspaper and sketch them. I had a whole binder full of drawings. It was around that time when someone suggested that I should think of becoming a commercial artist, as we were called in those days. I think that was when I first realized that there was more out there than just becoming fine artist.
4. Your work always seems to capture a strong sense of place. What do you love about the region you live in?
There are so many things that I love about Vancouver. The snow capped mountains, our four seasons, the ocean, the fact that we have so many natural wonders within such a close proximity, but most of all I love the amazing connections and friends that I have here.
5. What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on a collaborative project with a very talented local food photographer @sliceofpai, I’m really excited about it. Keep an eye on our feeds to find out more!!
6. Tell us about a typical work day in the life of Tina Albrecht.
My work days are pretty structured. I’m off to the office first thing in the morning and then home by 5. On the weekend I treasure my morning coffee in bed. Sometime before noon I usually head out for a long run. Right now I’m training for a half marathon. My afternoons are spent doing something photography related, usually it is a photowalk with my partner in crime @othellonine.
7. Where is your favorite spot to shoot in Vancouver?
I really love shooting downtown, it is the best of both worlds. You can walk across the whole downtown core in around 30 minutes and you can have your pick of grungy old alleys, sleek glass buildings, the ocean, forests, beaches and the north shore mountains. There is such amazing diversity in a compact space.
8. What are your simplest daily pleasures?
Running is an almost daily pleasure for me. I love to come home from work lace up my shoes and hit the road. There is something so cathartic about the rhythm of running. It is the perfect way to unwind, work out your problems and stimulate your brain. I can’t tell you how many times I have come home from a run with a great idea for a project.
Cooking is also a big part of my life. Scott and I cook together most evenings; the time that we spend choosing a recipe, picking up ingredient and then preparing our meal is something that I always look forward too.
My most simple pleasure of all is our cat Charlie. He is such a little character and I just can’t imagine our home without him in it.
9. Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I kind of don’t want to think of myself at that age!! Eek. In 10 years I will have either won the lottery (totally wishful thinking) or I hope to be perusing projects that really allow me to push my creativity and travel. I would love to be doing lots of traveling.