An Interview with Becky Alice Coe

An Interview with Becky Alice Coe

I'm Becky Alice, a creator and life long dreamer from the UK. A lover of mountains, minimalism, and Main Coon cats. I collects stories and photographs from beautiful places and turn them into art. 

Our memories are the most important things we have in life, and I can't resist standing somewhere breathtaking, and capturing the moment forever on film. My work represents these moments and takes us back to our favourite travel memories one illustration at a time. Learn more about me and see more of my work at Beckyalicecoe.com

Q. What words, sayings, or key phrases do you learn when travelling to a new country? Which foreign countries did you visit?

A. Other than my home in the UK, I've lived in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Simple words are always the easiest. How to say hello, or thank you in each language or dialect. Finding the heart of a place is harder.

Trying to discover what a place truly means and summing that up in one phrase is almost impossible. New Zealand's phrase, however, sums it up quite well. Kia ora - a simple hello or greeting that means so much more; to live well. To appreciate life for all that it is and share it with those around you. 

Q. What is your process for selecting a photo to capture? What is most important to consider while capturing the shot? Why?
A. Photography is my passion, and I'm always trying to capture something beautiful. Whether that exists in front of me, or something I dreamed up in my head. The most important thing for me is an accumulation of many things.
The landscape, the light, the sounds that surround me whilst I work. A photo is already meaningful before it makes it into the illustration process. Then its time to capture the essence of an image, the simplicity of a scene and what makes it perfect. 
Q. Where/How can we find your work(s)?
A. You can find me at beckyalicecoe.com. Where I spend my time documenting, writing, illustrating, and most often petting cats I see on the street. Or on Instagram @becky_alice_fine_art
Q. What kind of picture do you like to shoot and which ones do you avoid? Why do you avoid it or them?
A. My favourite thing to capture is a fine art concept. It usually involves nature, some gigantic snow-topped mountain or a deep impenetrable lake. Contrasting against a figure in the foreground. A portrait of some girl in a dress wandering a dream world. A dream world that exists in a photograph.
Q. What travel-based tips and tricks would you like to share?  
A. I like slow travel and would recommend it to anyone. Nothing quite encapsulates the feeling of arriving in a country and wanting to soak it up. To land somewhere new, and in six months leave with experiences, ideas, and new memories. People you met, the places you saw, and things you will forever hold dear. 
Q. In your travels, have you come across a non-profit charity/cause worth highlighting? If so, what was it called? If not, what cause is worthy of support in your opinion?
A. There are a lot of conservation charities in New Zealand. They are fighting a long-term battle for the survival of endemic wildlife and protecting the natural climate. I'm all for supporting a world where nature thrives!
Kiwis for kiwi is a national charity that supports community-led and Māori-led kiwi conservation projects. Who wouldn't want to help save the adorable kiwi?
Q. What makes for a good picture?
A. Light, patience, and imagination. The best image creation needs well-diffused, well-timed light. I will always be excited to wake up at 5 am to capture the first light on the mountains, or drag a wedding dress up a peak at sunset to catch that golden glow. Once you get the light right, what happens next is up to you. You could create magic. 
Q. What has influenced your capturing eye or style the most? Which photographer has influenced you the most? 
A. Travelling inspires me by providing me with new views to capture. To push further on hiking trails and to go deeper into the wild. I'm always searching for beauty in the smallest spaces or the widest of scenes. The delicate curl of a new tree fern excites me just as much as a full mountain vista. I've always adored the work of Brooke Shaden. She makes beautiful things out of dust, mixing genres and creating fantasy through her incredible work. 
Q. How do you ensure you improve or are sharpening your photographic eye?  
A. There's always something new to learn. I love discovering a new tip, like an app that tracks the Milky Way and tells me what day I can get the perfect shot or mastering a new technique in Photoshop. There's always beauty and knowledge to discover, and I never want to stop learning and improving my art.

Check out Becky's work(s) here