Simon Upton could think that I was a stalker. He may well think Tat is his own personal fan account. He wouldn't be too far wrong. I can't count the number of times I have written 'photography by Simon Upton' under another picture of a home that I have 'grammed' (ugh..apologies for that verb).
This is no surprise. He has been behind the lens for over 25 years, and in that 25 years, he has worked for some of the biggest names in publishing including World of Interiors, House & Garden & Architectural Digest. While of course his work with those interiors mags are more my jam, he has also shot some big-ticket names such as Jeremy Irons, Mark Rylance & Lenny Kravitz. However, my particular favourite is his shots of the late Deborah Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. An exquisite shot of her sitting on her chintz sofa, feet up, in her leopard print cardi and framed by a homely yet, unsurprisingly, grand room - it is quite marvellous.
No one would blame you for thinking that Simon Upton would have little time for anything but magazines. Thankfully he has managed to crowbar a few books into his globetrotting schedule. His most recent being 'New York Interiors' (released on the 30th September), where 'renowned interiors photographer Simon Upton turns his camera on one of his most-loved destinations, with this personal selection of private homes in New York City & beyond.' As it has been a mighty long time since I know anyone who has been able to get over to the US, this will help us, Island dwellers, to have a good bite of the Big Apple.
As ever, I am utterly over the moon that Simon agreed to take part in Tete a Tat!
If you could be a fly on the wall, where would you land?
At the Double Cube during the filming of Barry Linden - to witness Stanley Kubrick at his best.
What is your favourite day of the week?
Monday - I am a cup half full person and am excited by beginnings.
Do you believe in ghosts?
Yes - thankfully only had fairly positive vibes from what I suppose to be ghosts - Oh and a full head-turners (never sure whether my ‘freak out’ or ‘a presence’!)
One that is open and has a free table without a wait.
Best Moment in your career so far?
I know it sounds like I am opting out of this one - but there are so many shoots that I have truly loved & there is always the next one - what will that hold in store . . . .
Green - I know this because I miss it so much as autumn sets in and love it so much as spring springs.
Any good advice? Who gave it to you?
'There is no such thing as good luck, there is just hearing opportunity and taking it’ my uncle Roger.
Home - as someone who travels so much for work; which I love to do wherever it may be - there is always the 'coming home’ bit.
Favourite Tube Stop/ Line?
I am more of a bus person - like to stay above ground and look at my surroundings - but I do love the tube map - always worth a look and ponder.
Favourite Piece of Clothing?
My flat cap (bought 2 the same - would hate to be without) from Lock & Co.
A Song That A Make You Tap Your Foot?
I somehow got stuck in the trance/electronica time - and struggle to get out - another happy place.