We sent the impossibly twee Instagram sensation, photographer @helloemilie on a whimsical journey to Australia’s southernmost state.
Read on for our interview with Emilie on what it’s like to travel through Tasmania, and to catch a glimpse of what she captured through her gentle and subdued lens.
Was this your first time to Tasmania?
Yes. I’ve actually wanted to visit for such a long time after hearing so many lovely things so I was super excited for this trip!
The landscape was so beautifully diverse, that was actually one of the first things I noticed flying over in the plane – how different everything looked. It definitely does have a unique feel overall, lots of character and it can seem quite distant – at times I had to remind myself that I wasn’t overseas and was still in Australia! The combination of the mountains and the ocean along the entire east coast were so beautiful, something I have not really seen much of throughout the rest of Australia. I also loved the view of Hobart from the top of Mount Wellington, where you really get a chance to see the vast combination of mountains entwined with the sea, we were also very lucky to watch the sunrise over the mountains on such a beautifully clear morning.
What was the highlight of the trip in terms of locations you visited?
There were so many hidden gems we discovered throughout the trip. Some of the biggest highlights for me were found throughout both Maria Island and Freycinet National Park. They are honestly such beautiful, raw landscapes, you just want to stay and get lost in them. I loved looking out onto the Tasman Sea at Cape Tourville, Freycinet, the ocean was bright blue and the horizon was beautifully endless.
Another favourite spot was hidden away on Maria Island; this location was such an incredible place to explore, each side of the island felt like you where in an entirely different world.
The drive inland from the coast was lovely. We saw such a different side of the landscape as we winded through the whimsical misty hills of St Helens on the north-east part of the coast.
Tassie is well known for its food and wine scene, what’s the best meal you had there?
I definitely ate some of the best cheese and ice-cream I have ever tried when we visited Pyengana Dairy Company and their Holy Cow Cafe, where we also saw some of the cutest cows in their paddock. Along with some of the best beer and cider we had at Cascade Brewery. One of the best overall meals however was actually one of our first meals, at Frogmore Creek Winery, where the most delicious food and wine just kept coming – one highlight was some of the best scallop ceviche I’ve ever had. All are amazing places to visit and I would say are a must!
Did you come across any unique locals (human or otherwise)?
We constantly discovered so much amazing wildlife – wallabies and wombats everywhere! We even had to pull over a few times to get a closer look at some echidnas! Not to mention that we had the most inspiring local tour guide for our entire trip who went above and beyond the make the trip incredible.
Favourite shot from the trip?
One of my favourite photographs from the trip was taken while exploring the Bay of Fires. This place was beyond beautiful; the whole sea-side is filled with amazing bright blue water and granite splashed with this orange lichen. We woke up early for the sunrise and watched the soft morning light slowly rise above the ocean and onto these incredible rocks.
All your Instagram images have a certain whimsy about them - and a similar tonal palette too – is that deliberate? And is it tricky to achieve that consistency?
As a look back on it, my Instagram feed seems to constantly be going through different waves of tonal palettes. I think I have always been drawn to particular colours and soft tones and have become quite selective when composing a collection of images together. I like my photographs to work together as a series and complement one another. It can be difficult at times, although I am always searching for the compositions and the little details of a location which I know will be able to tell a particular story or convey the mood I am aiming to capture in my work.
Where are you based when not on the road travelling?
When I’m not traveling I am based and from Sydney. Although I’ve never liked to stay in one place for too long of a time, I have a huge case of wanderlust, so travelling up and down the east coast of Australia is really home for me at the moment.
How old are you and when did you start taking photos?
I’m 22. My love for photography began with film, at a young age when I first picked up an old family film camera. It has drastically changed since Instagram began. From something which started out as simply sharing the way I see the world, Instagram’s response to my work, and the creative community which has developed from the platform constantly inspires me to keep on capturing and sharing moments.
What was the first camera you shot on? What do you shoot on now?
One of the first cameras I ever shot on was either a Canon AE-1 or a Pentax K1000, to be honest I don’t remember which one came first, but it was definitely a film SLR. I grew up being very familiar shooting and developing black and white 35mm film, which seems a little nostalgic to me now, but something I plan on going back to. Depending what I’m shooting for now, I switch between my Canon 5D and iPhone 6. People are always surprised when they realise a large majority of my photographs on Instagram (particularly earlier ones) were always taken with my trusty iPhone.
Are you self-taught or did you study photography?
I learned the basics of film photography at school, but I am completely self-taught. I’ve always appreciated the way in which someone can interpret and capture a moment completely from their perspective; I think that’s what makes photography so special. For myself, my work has always been built upon natural light, wanderlust and anything full of nostalgia.
How did you get into the travel photography industry?
Early on I never really saw myself as a travel photographer, or any type of photographer for that matter. I was always just documenting the things I was creating, or the places I wandered off to explore. I guess I have always been searching for some sort of beauty in every situation and photography turns out to be the perfect medium to be able to capture beautiful moments and tell stories through my imagery. I guess I was first really introduced to the travel photography industry through Flight Centre, and some of the amazing trips they have given me the chance of experiencing.
Where are you off to next?
I am in the process of planning my next trip to San Francisco which is very exciting for me as I have never been to the US before! I am always looking for the next adventure and not knowing where I will be next makes it a whole lot more exciting. Photography has now grown into an essential part of everything I do and I am so thrilled to have such a wonderful platform to share the way I view the world.
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