Photographer Jessica Tremp’s Work Has an Irresistible Dreamlike Quality

Ever feel like you are still in a dream, even after you have woken up? Photographer Jessica Tremp masterfully captures this fugue-like state in her beautiful and romantic shots.

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Australian based, Jessica has come far from her previous life as a full time dance student. With no formal photography training, Jessica impressively made the leap from dance and has been rewarded with multiple gallery shows internationally, and with an immensely popular Instagram account.

Her work is immensely popular, because of their immense power: they pose more questions than they answer, and often feature wistful landscapes and enigmatic characters. She herself is often in the photographs, which ends them a real raw authenticity.

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“I’ve loved being a hopeless romantic in the past. I almost miss it.”

Jessica is a creative type in the truest sense: a singer, dancer, and artist all rolled into one. Although a noted wedding photographer, Jessica’s heart lies with her personal work. She also juggles caring for two small children. It’s any wonder she has the time to produce such a cache of brilliant shots.

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So how does she get the inspiration for such unique photography?

The Plus: Who are the people in your images? How do you select them?
Jessica Tremp: Mostly I use myself as the human part of an image. The main reason for this is that I don’t have to explain myself. Sometimes I’m not entirely sure of what I want from the human form, so I would find it very hard to explain to someone else, but I enjoy the exercise of fitting myself into a landscape or room. Sometimes I’ll use family or friends, and on very rare occasions I’ll use a model that I’ll feel comfortable with.

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TP: What equipment do you use?
JT: I use Canon DSLR’s and my iPhone. Occasionally I’ll try film.

TP: Could you take us through your attraction to nature?
JT: I like to be guided or inspired by what is around me, whether that’s an interior of a room or an isolated part of the earth. Nature tends to be a great muse, and often leads the way.

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TP: Are you still much of a daydreamer?
JT: I used to think daydreaming was a big part of who I was, but these days, with two little kids and work, there is little time for it. There is definitely still an element of quiet thought and introversion, but to follow daydreams is more of a luxury at the moment. I still like to make room for it when I travel to new places and break out of my routine for a few days.

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TP: What sort of things inspire you to work on a new series?
JT: Themes seem to develop without my directly steering them, but a touch of melancholy is often present. Generally what is driving it is a desire to convey an urge to be cradled by something quite extraordinary, by intimacy and connections to other people, or precisely the lack thereof.

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TP: You talk about your dreams when you were little – what do you think your childhood self would think if they saw your work?
JT: I’d have been on board with it all.

TP: What advice would you give your childhood self?
JT: One might say something along the lines of: don’t spend so much time lamenting unrequited love, or inner confidence… but to be honest, all of it makes me who I am today. Every wrongly placed step has taught me a lesson, all the longing has been translated into creating, or into making me humbler.

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TP: What would you have done if you weren’t a photographer?
JT: Photography is the single medium that has been by my side the most consistently, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there ends up being another career change ahead of me somewhere.

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