Theresa Grace and her Photographic Philosophy

"... I draw inspiration from the rawness of true story and life experiences from real people — this has always been the fundamental centre of why I choose to create."
- Theresa Grace  

Theresa Grace may simply appear to be another young creative hailing from Australia, but she is far more extensive and composite than so. As one of Australia's rising creatives branching out and taking the world by storm, Theresa can't help but turn heads in the capricious industries of fashion and photography with her exquisite visuals — and we love that. She has the ability to capture such beauty in the most fleeting of moments, and easily link the opulence of fashion with nature and architecture to bring out the best in all of those elements. Theresa believes that a story can be relayed through a winsome smile or a secret sideways look, and that stories can transform lives. A truly insightful soul who calls Brisbane and airports her homes, we snagged some time out of this busy bee's round-the-clock schedule to talk about Africa and Johnny Cash, among many other things.

WRITTEN CITIZEN: Hey, Theresa! Thanks for sitting down and chatting with us. So, what's an average day like for you?

THERESA GRACE: Hello, and you're most welcome! My life at current has been a changing and shifting adventure of study and travel. Lately, every one day is never the same!

WC: You're super apt and talented with a camera! What equipment do you use, and what editing process does your work undergo?

TG: Thank you! I snap with the Canon 5D mark iii with a 24-70 2.8 lens and a 50 1.4 lens. Editing is such a cool process; I make my own personal presets on Lightroom to edit.

WC: What kind of photography is your favorite?

TG: Over the years, I have discovered that landscape photography incorporated with fashion and portraiture have become my passion. There is an authenticity about capturing the rawness of people and style in a natural setting.

WC: How would you describe your photography style?

TG: From what I have been told, my style is moody and emotive. I find everything looks like a cinematic movie at blue hour, so I choose to capture in that time frame.

WC: Who are your role models?

TG: My family are definitely a huge part of who I am, which therefore determines what I make.
   As far as creative role models go... when I first became passionate about filmmaking and photography, I found an inspiring artist named Eliot Rausch. Rausch incorporates beautiful imagery, along with impacting true story throughout his films, and they have forever inspired me to create true and authentic art.

WC: From where do you draw inspiration?

TG: Speaking with my filmmaker hat on, I draw inspiration from the rawness of true story and life experiences from real people — this has always been the fundamental centre of why I choose to create. I feel that that statement can also fall into photography terms also.

WC: How do you motivate yourself to endlessly capture moments in time?

TG: My motivation comes from the core of wanting to capture something real and authentic so that I can look back on that picture and reflect on the inspiring moment that surrounded it.

WC: What do you do when you're in a rut and have no artistic direction? 

TG: I will get out the head space that I am in and go out to meet new people. I'm involved with a gathering on Sunday nights called the 'Living Room', where marginalized people with significant mental illnesses meet to commune. I find that listening to their true stories always edifies me to keep on going.

WC: How does Australia and your environment influence you as a photographer and person?

TG: From my first independent experience traveling as a seventeen year-old, I journeyed to Africa with my two best friends in 2010. I had come to appreciate Australia in a newfound way, and saw that we live in an incredible land of opportunity and prospect. I found that realizing this in my adolescence was a significant formative time for me as a person.

WC: Seeing as you're encompassed by fellow creatives such as yourself, how would you define your style?

TG: I find myself capturing reality, but with my own creative slant.

WC: You've really documented your travels thus far, and beautifully so! Where are some of your favorite places in the world?

TG: I must say, Ethiopia blew me away in its vastness of natural beauty. We travelled outside of the city centre of Addis Ababa into the countryside, and the road trip getting there left a visual impact on my memory that I could never erase.

WC: Currently listening to, as well as always listening to?

TG: I'm a bit of a lucky dip listener (laughs)... My all time favorites are Sigur Ros, múm, Radiohead, Broken Social Scene, Iron and Wine, Art of Fighting, and Jonny Cash. Lately, I've been listening a lot to Major Leagues and POOLSHOP — my sister's music clan — Kurt Vile, War on Drugs, and Bibio. I take inspiration from Mozart, cinematic soundtracks, Goldmund, Helios, Olafur Arnalds, and The National. When I go for drives, I enjoy listening to wedding singer-soundtracks, 80s hits, Feist, and Real Estate.

WC: What have been some of your favorite projects up to date?

TG: I have just come off of a campaign fashion video in London for an insanely talented and dedicated bag label called Beara Beara.  To collaborate with like-minded creators such as they are was a life changing experience, to say the least.

WC: What and with whom are your dream collaborations?

TG: It would be an honor to collaborate with director Derek Cianfranceis — his methods of directing people have a life changing impact on everyone who works with him.

WC: What's next for you?

TG: The next chapter of life will be unfolding what looks like a new calibration of where I should be and what I should be doing. My recent travels have inspired me to continue collaborating with artists and organizations who want to make an impact in this world.

Watch a short film for Beara Beara AW14 by Theresa here:


If you enjoyed getting to know Theresa as much as we did, click here for an exclusive with close friend and fellow Aussie creative, Elle-May Leckenby (as seen above in some of Theresa's work).
All images were found on Theresa's website here and blog here.


  1. Beautiful pictures!

  2. So inspiring! Love Theresa and this interview :)

  3. Amazing Interview. Theresa Grace is one of my favorite creative talents! Her & Elle-May do such beautiful things!