Before we start this, we would first like to congratulate Kitty and Nathan for the beginning of their journey as a family! Kitty and Nathan or best known as Searching for Tomorrow, became our inspiration for the longest of time, mostly for Eena since Kitty is one of her favourite photographers. Their stories and photographs brought us to wonderful places in their lives and now we feel so lucky to make them the first feature of our 2017. We hope their story will give you much inspiration as they did to us.
Conversations of Us: First, and as an introduction tell us more about Nathan and Kitty, how are you as an individual and how did you meet and now becoming a couple behind Searching for Tomorrow?
Nathan: Hi, I’m Nathan and one half of Searching For Tomorrow! My childhood was spent running around the bush in Sydney, Australia. I spent most of my time tinkering with computers and photographing nature. My life changed completely when I met Kitty whilst on deviantART, and here I am so many years later living and loving life with her by my side! I spend my days programming, and all my spare time behind the shutter with Kitty and Florrie (our little dog) scuttling around my heels!
Kitty: Hello! I’m Kitty, the other half of Searching For Tomorrow. I grew up in an artistic family in the UK and spent every spare second of my childhood running wildly across fields, beaches and mountains. I started my photography career aged 17 as a fashion photographer and remained in the industry for 61⁄2 years. I then changed direction and settled into lifestyle and commercial photography instead which I have been much happier with ever since. Nathan and I met online in 2006 through our passion for photography and we have been loving and adventuring ever since. We conquered a long distance relationship and now share our little journeys together on our wee corner of the web.
CoU: What made you realise to work together as a couple? And with that, are there any challenges that came along the way as you build a name together?
K: I think we realised we could work together from pretty early on as we worked on other projects jointly. Searching For Tomorrow was a photography outlet solely for me that we both had created. Then when I stepped away from being a fashion photographer, I decided it would be better as a photography outlet for us both instead as it felt like the natural course for it to progress down. There was never really a time where we ever sat down and thought, “We should work together” it just happened, we’ve just always been a team.
N: I think the biggest challenge has always been the pressure of creating enough content. Our style mainly lends itself towards photographing our casual adventures through the Great British countryside, but often we get bogged down with our day jobs and can’t always get the time to get some quality time with nature. We try to keep a little bit of a surplus going so we can get through the “hard times” but in a way it’s good to have an excuse to escape work for a bit and let loose behind the lens!
CoU: We know that photographs and words are your main weapon for all your works, now, finish this sentence; Photography and storytelling are...
N: ... what make Searching For Tomorrow an adventure everybody can share in.
K: ... the journeys we create.
Photograph from Searching for Tomorrow’s Winter Lull
CoU: Do you have a favourite blog entry or photograph that is really close to your heart? If so, what made it personal or memorable for the both of you?
K: There are memories behind every blog entry and they are all so different yet all carry a huge amount of sentiment. One that stands out is “Winter Waves” as it was just a day so full of fun and beauty. We ran up and down the beach, Florrie dug countless holes and it all felt so free. I think it was somewhere between those sea stacks and chalk cliffs where we really felt this was something that truly made us both so ecstatically happy; just being out in the wild with no boundaries, being able to capture and ultimately share what we saw. We returned home with windburnt cheeks that ached more from all the grinning we were doing.
N: I love looking back over all our posts because what we share really is the raw captures from our adventures; it very much tells the story of our lives together. One of my recent favourites was “Winter’s Lull” where we explored the Scottish Highlands together. There is something truly unbeatable about standing on the top of a mountain and having total dominion over the lands for as far as the eye can see. It was so nice to spend so much time together exploring and the trip was filled with so many happy memories for us both. I also love the fact that for most (if not all of these photos) little Florrie was sitting patiently at our feet desperate for more “walkies”!
Photograph from Searching For Tomorrow’s Winter Waves
CoU: Is there a place that truly captured the both of you and made it become a place that you would always want to take photographs of or a place that you would always want to go and stay?
N: I think in a way the biggest thing we’ve learned the more we’ve explored is how much people don’t appreciate the sheer natural beauty that is right on our doorstep in the UK. Sometimes the best places are at home (whether home is the UK or elsewhere!) It’s easy to forget how beautiful things are when you see them everyday and I try to use our adventures as a way to get back in touch with the things that all right around me.
K: I have to reiterate everything that Nathan has to say. In my mind, a lot of it also boils down to how hard we’ve had to work to even be together in the first place, so it’s nice to just spend our time gently appreciating the islands we live on and call home.
CoU: What is your dream project for Searching for Tomorrow? Or is there a person or a group that you’re dreaming to work with?
N: I would love to work on anything that would allow us to have more adventures in places we’ve never been before! We love raw, rugged, mountainous countryside and working with anybody else who appreciates that the same way we do would make me super happy!
K: I ’m open to everything. Pretty much anything outside with the camera is a dream project to me!
CoU: How do you curate the photographs that you post on your Instagram and your blog?
K: We do have one “curating” rule we strictly follow which we’ve found works pretty well. It’s very simple and goes along the lines of: “Just post whatever we feel is real, pretty or sentimental!”
N: I think the only other thing is that we try to tell a story with our photographs. We never want to post photos just to keep up appearances it has to be real and be a memory from one of our adventures, or it’s not worth sharing to reflect back on one day.
CoU: What do you feel when people all over the world praise your works and praise you as a couple that they look up to?
N: A lot of the time it feels quite surreal! We share because we love being creative and we’d continue doing that even if everybody said our work was terrible, but the unbelievably nice people that follow our work and have been so loyal to us over the years help us to make
K: I always find it unbelievable and quite hard to comprehend! It makes me feel undeserving for receiving their kindness and support because it touches my heart in endlessly grateful ways. To hear that someone local or on the other side of the World likes something we’ve shared will never feel any less surreal or special to be told.
CoU: What is the greatest thing in working with your partner in life?
K: For me, it’s definitely being able to have fun doing everything from shooting, editing and writing. Between us there doesn’t always have to be that strict sense of professionalism so Nathan can laugh and say things like, “You’re pulling a monkey face in that last shot, try again!” And it’s okay because it just makes it even funnier; we can just be honest and keep on going until we get it right. We learn together as we go so there’s ne’er any embarrassment or awkwardness.
N:I get to work with my best friend who wouldn’t want to do that?
CoU: For the last set of questions, let’s have some fun facts! Is there also a music that inspires you for your work? If ever, what is it?
K: We listen to a lot of music from Mumford & Sons to Jónsi. Nathan bought a record player a few years ago so we have all our favourite albums on vinyl. We like to think it always sounds so much better playing from vinyl, it almost feels like you’re there!
N: Oh yes! Not to be too “hipster” about it but there really is something special about vinyl records they don’t make albums to be beautiful anymore but for vinyl, and fullsize album art is often something to behold. Some of our favourites are Lord Huron, Jónsi, Beach House and Gregory Alan Isakov.
Photograph from Searching For Tomorrow’s Snippets of Autumn
CoU: What is your favourite season?
N: Easy: winter! Firstly, because we live in the UK and that’s 11 of 12 months of the year here! Secondly, because it’s so cosy and lovely when you have a roaring fire toasting your chilly toes, a hot chocolate betwixt your fingers and a warm body to cuddle up to: nothing beats that.
K: Oh that’s really hard, they’re all wonderful! I particularly love the change of seasons; the long winter melting away into hazy spring mornings which turn to those endless summer nights to then become crisp autumnal days full of mist and crunchy leaves. Each transition makes me realise how much I love that new season.
CoU: Digital or analogue?
N: I miss the thrill of never knowing if your photos would come out back in the analogue days; digital photography does rather make life easier, but there is something special about film photography still! For most other things these days, digital is much more convenient.
K: They’re both as amazing as one another in their own different ways, I don’t think I could ever hope to possibly pick one over the other!
CoU: What is your dream country or city?
N: I never tire of exploring the UK, especially the dramatic landscapes of the Lake District, Wales and Scotland. I dream of having some crazy cabin atop a mountain somewhere and living wild amongst the nature a photographer’s dream basically!
K: I can definitely get on board with that cabin idea! I’m overly fond of mountainous places, so anywhere which has big, beautiful mountain ranges that make you feel like you’re walking amongst giants. I’ve seen so many photographs of New Zealand so that is definitely a country I dream of visiting!
Photograph from Searching for Tomorrow’s New Beginnings
CoU: For the both of you is photography and storytelling a job or a part of one’s life?
N: Part of my life. Photography to me is all about capturing a story, and if you get it right, the story gets told with few words needed. One should be able to look back at a sequence of photos a century from now and have all they need to be experience that day in their minds in vivid detail.
K: Definitely part of life. Humans have told stories and tales since they drew on cave walls, it’s part of who we all are. So being able to tell a story by sharing tiny pieces of our little lives just feels natural.
Photograph from Searching for Tomorrow’s New Beginnings
CoU: Lastly, if you could give us one poetic line that may inspire everyone, what would it be?
N: “ Some beautiful paths can't be discovered without getting lost.” Erol Ozan.
K: “ The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” Joseph Campbell.