Meet Little Tumtitu a young visual artist, a freelance photographer based in Geneva, Switzerland. Her work captures moments in time as she travels the globe. Since 2015 Photography has been something she just cant live without. Tumtitu images are just as stunning as the films she's directed. Giving you chills with next to perfect light composition her pictures and motion pictures will make you feel as if you're there.
Tumtitu expressed how she loves to experiment with new techniques and work with people from around the world. Using her way of networking as a learning experience to a continued improvement of her skill.
Below you'll get to know a little bit more about Visual Artist Little Tumtitu.
Written by: Brandon Avery
Q: Who are you? Tell me about yourself.
My name is Tumtitu, but you can call me Little Tumtitu. My friends and family also call me Tum or Tumti. I'm a young a visual artist, a freelance photographer based in Geneva, Switzerland. I also write and make videos sometimes. My dream is to work in the film industry.
Q: Where did you grow up?
I grew up in France (right at the border with Geneva).
Q: What’s your background?
Well, I studied english and french literature when I was in high school. That's also when I started to study philosophy. Back then, and even before high school, I was involved in theater classes. I've always been interested in visual arts (art in general) and I always knew that that's what I wanted to do in the future. I started photography in 2015 and since then it's been something I can't live without.
Q: What does your work aim to say?
My work aims to invite people to be confident with themselves.
Q: Who are your biggest influences?
I'm a huge fan of Mihaela Noroc and her project "The Atlas of Beauty" (theatlasofbeauty.com). She's very inspiring, not only as a woman but also as a photographer. I discovered Paolo Barretta (@iamwinter) on Instagram a while ago and I find his work very unique. Dean Martindale (@deanmartindale) and Vicky Grout (@vickygrout) are two other photographers that I really like.
Q: How have you developed your career?
It's been more about meeting the right people at the right time. I've been lucky enough to work with different people from different areas (musicians, filmmakers etc...) which has helped me improve my skills and develop my career here.
Q: Which current art world trends are you following?
Right now I'm more into fashion photography.
Q: Why do you do What you do?
When I started, photography was more like an excuse to meet people and get out of my comfort zone. I realize that it has become very therapeutic for me through the years. The more I create, the better I feel. I'm a very sensitive person and it happens that photography is the only thing I use in a daily basis to tell people "you are beautiful" without saying a word. Isn't that powerful?
Q: What’s your go to camera & lens?
I'm a huge fan of Canon brand! I own a Canon 5D Mark iii and I usually use my 50mm, but 24-70mm would be my go to lens.
Q: What’s it like being a photographer in Switzerland?
Coming back in Geneva after spending two years in the United States has been a long process of finding my place here as a photographer (as a young artist in general). Sometimes it's hard being here because I feel like there isn't a trustworthy community of artists and I crave that. I crave authentic interaction, but more than that, I want to be surrounded and in touch with other creatives that I can collaborate with because I truly believe it's important to support each other.
Q: What are your main source of inspiration?
Music and movies.
Q: A favorite quote you live by?
Probably this one I wrote to myself a while ago: "Start with yourself, because it’s the only thing you have."
Q: What would you like people to know about you?
I try to be as authentic as possible not only in my work, but as I human being. I want people to know that they are welcome to reach out to me wether is to work together or just say hi or to get coffee. I want people to feel loved and cared for, that's my number one goal and I try to reflect that in my work and my every day life.
Q: Do you feel The Social Tour is important for creatives like yourself? Why or why not?
The Social Tour is a great platform for young, emergent artists that don't necessarily have the visibility that they deserve. It's also a platform that invites people to discover new artists but also support them by sharing their work. I love the idea of reaching out to people in order to create an online community.