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Instagrammer in Residence: Tiny Kingdom

Thursday 3 May 2018

Our Instagrammer in Residence project invites emerging Instagrammers from around London to experience life at the Barbican and share their photography on our social channels and also in a digital exhibition throughout the Centre.

Our May Instagrammer in Residence is botany hunter Tiny Kingdom (@tinykingdom_uk), whose Instagram feed captures all things botanical indoors and outdoors on her travels.

We talk to her about the Barbican and her love of plants.

How would you describe your style of photography?

Plant obsessed observations, mostly green and captured in natural light.

A kind of botanical visual diary, to remind me of plants I’ve grown, plants I love and how they’ve changed, or a place of note that I think other plant addicts would like to visit too. I think all plant photos are pretty special, because the moment you take that picture (as with all living things) the subject continues to move, grow and change, that image instantly becomes one of one.

I think all plant photos are pretty special, because the moment you take that picture (as with all living things) the subject continues to move, grow and change

What inspires you about the Barbican and its neighbourhood?

It would be easy for me to just say ‘The Conservatory’, but I also love spending half my visits wandering around the rest of the estate too.

The building has a way of making you feel welcome. It’s one of the few places in London that you can always seem to find a space to hang out, whether it’s to read, have a drink or just people watch. Even though the Barbican moves with the times content wise, I love that the spirit and architecture has remained bold + comfortingly familiar at the same time.

What makes a good picture?

Personally, I think a good photo combines an understanding of good light with a good composition. It also helps massively if you appreciate the subject matter. It seems easier and easier these days for people to post every single moment of their lives and to over share. So, I think you can definitely see the difference when someone has been more mindful, whether that’s through the content they’ve chosen to post or the way they’ve taken the shot.

I think a good photo combines an understanding of good light with a good composition

Which one of your photos are you most proud of, and why?

Obviously, besides the ivy photo I took at the Barbican, that got me here… It would have to be a group photo of my first collection of handmade terrariums. As i’m not a professional photographer, the subject matter feels like it sparks more emotion in me than the actual photo itself. So, although it might not be my best photo, when I look at it, it reminds me of all the hard work and love that went into cutting and soldering each vessel, and that makes me feel quite proud.

Which five Instagram accounts should everyone follow?

@prickldn For cacti and succulents fans…

A visual feast of rare and unusual arid houseplants, curated by Gynelle Leon. She personally seeks out each and every plant from far and wide, runs her business with passion and personality and has the impressive cacti knowledge to back it all up too. All plants are lovingly photographed and posted up regularly on their Instagram, so if you like cacti, you’ll love this account!

@jamie_north For botanical brutalists…

Jamie North’s sculptures would fit right in at the Barbican. He blurs the line between nature and man, by beautifully bringing together greenery and his cast manmade forms in a botanical brutalist way. I’d love to see his work exhibited over here, and more botanical themed future exhibitions at the Barbican, but I suppose I am pretty biased.

@plantsofbabylon  For people that notice the small stuff…

I’ve only recently found this account, but it makes me smile. When I first started planstagraming I began to notice greenery more and that would include plants sprouting up in desolated places. Perhaps a seed had blown into a crack of a wall or in between some paving. Or maybe it was there before and nature was reclaiming it’s space? Plants of Babylon predates my #WeGrowWhereNoOneGoes and captures nature in unexpected, urban surroundings. I’m also really glad I’m not the only one taking photos of stray plants in strange places!

@rzhooker For everyday nostalgia…

Richard has strong photography game. He has the ability to notice and capture moments, most people would pass by. His natural talent in catching these daily glimpses has given him an undeniable style, so much so, when I see a beautiful candid moment IRL, I think to myself, that’s a ’rzhooker’ shot right there.

@top_of_water_tower For water tower appreciators…

O.k, so I know this is a pretty niche one, but I’ve always loved a water tower and the fact that these are all from Japan (one of my favourite destinations) appeals to me even more. I think I also might have slight OCD, so I enjoy the consistent style + crop implemented, in every, single, post.