Picture some of the biggest and best festivals and gigs you’ve been to; there’s a good chance fashion and music photographer Tim Da Rin was there.
While most of us simply go along to watch, Tim gets to live, breathe, and showcase the drive, passion, and intensity musicians bring to the stage.
His photography makes you want to dive in and experience the emotions trapped forever in that moment. You may not want to live in the past, but with Tim’s photos, you want to get back there and check it out.
We asked Tim about his journey into photography and where he thinks his passion is taking him.
What made you want to become a photographer?
“I don’t have an overly torturous, romanticised story behind what made me want to become a photographer, but I would say that my mother, who is a painter, has an eye for aesthetics and composition. She put me on the path of photography by lending me her film camera when I was really young.
“Growing up overseas – primarily in Italy – I was surrounded by art and culture for which I had full admiration for but which I also concealed a restlessness towards, because of the level of academic saturation it imposed on me. I think I rebelled against it all by endorsing photography as my primary medium for creative expression, which was in a way a ‘non-art’ in most circles.
“Photography only became my profession years later, after trying to be a young diplomat at the United Nations in New York and Vienna. And after spending some time in management at corporate Qantas.
“Call me crazy, but I think I just had a classic Y-Gen realisation – that these roles, despite being well paid, didn’t provide me with the creative output every normal human being should have. Seeing as photography was always in the works, it was an easy move. I have never looked back from it.”
Do you partake in other creative pursuits?
“The best personal creative pursuit I count on, other than photography, is my imagination.”
What would your advice be to aspiring photographers or creatives?
“Learn to experiment, learn to try things out and remove the feeling of fear towards failure. As whack or lame as it may sound, failure is our greatest ally. If we remove it out of fear, we wouldn’t grow.
“In time, proficiency and confidence will surge.
“Also, accept as many jobs as you can, especially those that require you to challenge your comfort zone.”
What have been your favourite events to shoot?
“I love photographing people being genuine in unusual environments. At festivals, I like to venture into the tent cities during, or well before the festival begins, and capture the visible excitement and anxiety in people’s faces, the strange and absurd costumes, the elaborate make-up and the camaraderie and culture that only exists in this out-of-the-norm world.
What is your ultimate dream shoot?
“I plan to continue travelling and photographing as I go. I’ve lived overseas for half of my life and have been yearning for an extensive adventure for a while now.
“I’ve actually recently locked in an adventure with a fellow photographer that will involve driving across the Americas in a refurbished yellow school bus that we’ll be picking up in Montreal and driving all the way down to Chile’s Tierra del Fuego. I’m looking forward to living the dream job.”
Find out more about Tim Da Rin and his work here.