Photographer and retoucher, Shyne, takes us through her journey of creating art and living out her imagination.
Please tell us more about yourself and your background?
Growing up, I was always in my own world. I have a big imagination and told many fictional stories. This made me fall in love with video games, specifically its storytelling aspect and character designs. Yet, funny enough, I spent more time outside than behind a screen. I remember that my mom would get upset when I drew faces all over the magazine pages or characters on all our shampoo bottles but, luckily, my parents let me live out my creative side.
When did your artistic journey start?
I was about 16 years old when my mom came home with Photoshop software and this big book that taught you how to use it. She needed to learn it for architectural reasons, but somehow I ended up learning and using everything. And so, by the time I left for university, I was an advanced user of the programme.
I eventually ended up getting a degree in animation and game design. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out as I had planned and I landed a job within the wedding industry as a head retoucher where I gained a lot of industry knowledge. Not only did the quality of my work go up but I learned to work really fast. I started branching out into freelance retouching work and fell in love with photography. The way everyone styled models and built sets made me want to do it myself. It was an opportunity to live out my imagination once again. I got my first camera and started taking photos of all my friends and photoshopping everything I could think of.