Ep 356: Finding joy and fulfilment in photography with guest Pauline Klemm

Meet Pauline Klemm, who had a sliding doors moment 3 years ago that completely changed her life when her brother, Michael, a gifted photographer, died tragically in India. Her decision to keep his camera and learn photography began as a way of sharing his legacy. This has now grown and Pauline’s life has grown and evolved in exciting ways. If you’ve ever been on the fence about embracing photography later in life or any age then this beautiful story is a must listen. We chat about: making the pilgrimage back to India, the moment Pauline decided to keep Michael’s camera that would change her life forever, the importance of mentors and education, dealing with imposter syndrome, the importance of slowing down, the benefits of working with assistants, how saying yes led her to her latest personal project with Baba Desi and heaps more! Discover this and more in this week’s episode.

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Pauline Klemm had a sliding doors moment 3 years ago that completely changed her life. In 2017, her brother, Michael, a gifted photographer, died tragically in India. Her decision to keep his camera and learn photography began as a way of sharing his legacy. This has now grown and Pauline’s life has grown and evolved in exciting ways.

If you’ve ever been on the fence about embracing photography later in life or any age then this beautiful story is a must listen.

We chat about:

  • Making the pilgrimage back to India
  • The moment Pauline decided to keep Michael’s camera that would change her life forever
  • The importance of mentors and education
  • Dealing with imposter syndrome
  • The importance of slowing down
  • The benefits of working with assistants
  • How saying yes led her to her latest personal project with Baba Desi
  • And heaps more!

Pauline Klemm Bio

Pauline Klemm (image by Sue Lennon)

I am a Melbourne based documentary and portrait photographer living in the stunningly beautiful Yarra Ranges. A Region known for its soaring Mountain Ash trees, misty vales, and a deep connection to art, history and heritage. 

I specialise in documenting the stories of the ‘Hill’s Tribes’, recognising the quirkiness and creativeness that my community is renowned for. My images explore their unique attributes, day to day living, or their creative and small business enterprises.

My creative process will always start with forming a connection , a bond with my subject. I do this by immersing myself in their narrative, taking the time to tease out the significant and meaningful aspects of living that need to be documented, celebrated and archived. My images will always be deeply personal and a reflection of the person and what they hold close to their hearts.

For me a rich and fulfilling life is comprised of empathy and a deep social connection with humanity. I have always being attracted to lives that are on the perimeter of accepted norms. I draw creative inspiration from my own narrative, one which has been formed by the influence of my two brothers, who both led a creative life. From them l learnt that our lives are comprised of shades of grey, not black and white. In particular, my late brother Michael O’Toole was responsible for my love of, and obsession with the captured image. A gifted photographer, he died tragically in India . His death was a watershed moment in my life. Taking up his camera and obsession with the story behind the image has irrevocably transformed my life. It is his ‘gift’ that comes through my photos, a part of his soul in each image that l give to you.

“Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction”

Pablo Picasso.

If you would like to connect, please reach out on the following links:

Facebook: 

https://www.facebook.com/pauline.klemm.3

https://www.facebook.com/belgraveswizard

Instagram:

@paulineklemm

@michael_otoolephotography

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