Let me introduce Danielle Tunstall, not only is she an incredible self taught photographer but she creates such extraordinary digital slices of artwork. To call her simply a portrait photographer would be doing her a disservice. What she constructs are pieces of astonishing, dramatic and often disturbing images. They are meant to challenge, they are horrifying, yet beautiful and they are designed to provoke a strong reaction. She is becoming particularly well known amongst the photography magazine press, and is in great demand for her work. I was really keen to know more about not only how she creates such original masterpieces but more about the person behind them.
Danielle was recently interviewed for the TV program ‘The Culture Show’ for her participation in a photography assignment with Tim Andrews, who is suffering from Parkinsons disease. Tim wanted to turn himself into an art project to underline the plight of sufferers. Danielle’s selected portrait was highlighted and raved about in the Guardian newspaper. Read here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2011/feb/12/photography-parkinsons-disease
It’s taken me over three weeks to pin this fabulous creative entity down to an interview, due to her work load. Its Friday afternoon, partaking in a mountain of photo edits, cheese and crackers lunch and a brew. I divert myself from the pc to ring Danielle and the interview commences. A lovely, chirpy voice, apologises for keeping me waiting so long, this woman is seriously busy. Let’s go to it.