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2013-06-27 10:32

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Flash Republic’s Tamara Dey loves turning the lens on others.

Tamara Dey, lead vocalist of Flash Republic, is often photographed on the red carpet but she actually prefers being behind the camera.

Her latest musical project is DbyM (Death by Misadventure), a two-piece electro band with Isaac Klawansky from Shadow Club. They recently released their album, Dumb Dumb, on iTunes. When she’s not working, she picks up her camera.

‘I’ve been obsessed with photos from a young age. I loved looking at my mom and dad’s photo albums from their teenage years. I started carrying a disposable camera around with me when I was a teenager. When I went clubbing with my friends, I’d take my camera with me. I enjoyed the process of taking pictures, developing them and throwing away the camera. It was fun.’

As she got more into her hobby, Tamara started with a small Sony Cyber-shot digital camera, before getting a more advanced camera.

‘Four years ago, I bought myself a Canon EOS 550D, which is attached to my hip and goes everywhere I go. I’d be at the Style Awards, for example, and have my camera, with its huge lens, slung over my shoulder.

I now enjoy editing and tweaking pictures to make sure everyone looks amazing.

I also love Lomography cameras. I just kill my cameras; I use them until I really squeeze the life out of them,’ she says.

Tamara’s favourite international photographer is Terry Richardson. ‘I think she’s phenomenal. She captures these striking images of people on the street and I quite like that. Locally, I like Chris Saunders. His photography is in your face and very raw.’

Of course, Tamara also has an Instagram account. ‘I love Instagram because I’m able to express myself visually. I love that people around the world follow me not because I’m Tamara Dey, but because I’m my visual self.’

My signature style

‘My red lipstick. My favourite brand is Inglot.’

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