Georgia Sheales is a photographer originally from Australia, and is now currently living and working in Berlin. As an avid traveller and adventurer, she is constantly on the hunt for new inspiration – and as a result her style is fluid and dynamic.
As a silent observer, most of her subjects are caught in moments that may be otherwise overlooked. She likes to step away from her subject and capture mundane moments that make her wonder about the bigger picture. Without any formal photography training, Georgia spent her early teens absorbed in educating herself on old cameras, and photography has since become a visceral part of her life. We had a quick chat with her about the beauty of imperfection, changes and Berlin.
As a visual artist, I find it somewhat strange to say that much of my inspiration comes from music. Of course, when I scroll through my Instagram feed, I see so many amazing images that contribute to my inspirations. But I find myself most inspired when I am alone outside listening to music. It allows me to create a story and a mood for my surroundings – as well as giving me headspace to think, and in the end my thoughts and ideas become much more visceral than if I take visual cues from other artists.
The perfect picture is…?
People’s ideas and tastes are constantly changing, which makes a perfect picture hard to define. I think a perfect picture is one that you always appreciate through shifts and changes.
“I’ve always been a people watcher. I want to capture the allure in very ordinary or imperfect things – to put mundanity in the spotlight, but still intrigue the viewer. I can’t help but hate those types of computer wallpaper, picture perfect nature images. Boring!”
What do you want to capture?
I’ve always been a people watcher. I want to capture the allure in very ordinary or imperfect things – to put mundanity in the spotlight, but still intrigue the viewer. Sometimes I like to add elements of surrealism to
highlight beauty… something which I’d like to explore more. What I really want to capture is a mood rather than an obviously beautiful sight – I can’t help but hate those types of computer wallpaper, picture perfect nature images. Boring!
black and white vs colour?
For me – mostly – colour. My personal style and mood outside of art is very monochrome. I figured I had some kind of duty to convey that in my work. But it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I realised art is an outlet, and not a reflection of how I present myself in life.
Australia is such a beautiful country. Why did you move to Berlin?
Australia is amazing. Berlin is also an amazing, unique and diverse city – there’s so much to learn and experience here. There’s a myriad of reasons I left Australia, but some of the main reasons are based around the fact that it’s hard to be inspired by a place you’ve observed the same way, every day, for over two decades. A change in pace is what I needed to destroy my creative block. I’m pretty happy with the work I’ve been doing in Europe, and I just wasn’t feeling that way in Australia.