I met with this lovely photographer in one of the most unlikely places possible - a Starbucks a couple blocks away from Grand Central right in the middle of the busy lunch hours. Sweet, soft-spoken, and humble, she was a pleasure to talk to. Keep reading to find out about lazy starfishes, the mystery in the identity, and haunting Jimmy Kimmel.
why Analogue Blues? how did that name come around?
I really like film photography. Being a college student, you’re not really drowning in money, and film is quite expensive - so the analogue part is because of my love for film, and the blues is because I don’t have enough money to shoot as much film as I would like to.
how did you start out with photography? have you always done film?
I started out with digital at first, but I had my dad’s first film camera around, and I would play with that sometimes, and then I slowly got into it.
what is it that you like about film?
I really like the grain, and I think that it feels very organic, and it just has a lot of surprises.
what is your favourite thing to photograph? what are you drawn to?
I’m not quite sure yet. I’m doing a 52-week project, which I am about to end in a week or so, and I am using myself as a subject. But the thing is, I don’t like using myself, it’s more because I can’t find anyone to model, and my friends are kind of stiff. I do like the sky though. It changes every day, and I find it interesting.
why don’t you like taking photos of yourself?
I started out with conceptual work, and I thought that it would make me tap into my emotions. But I don’t think it did. Plus I cut my hair right now, and I like it when in photographs, hair flows. If I do portray myself, I cut out my head, or do a silhouette, or just don’t show my face in one way or another. I like having this mysterious person in my photographs.
what would your spirit animal be?
I was thinking about that today! I went to work, and I was looking at this starfish, and I just like how they’re so lazy, and they just float around. I would be a starfish.
if you were a ghost, who would you haunt?
I’m trying to think of comedians. They would make it really funny. Jimmy Kimmel.
what inspires you?
Tumblr. I’m getting into fashion photography because of it. Not the sharp shadows and the use of flash, but kind of a softer, more vintage feel. And music. My favourite bands are Phoenix, and The Killers. The Black Keys, Of Monsters and Men, that type of stuff.
what are you studying in college?
Medicine. As a kid, I knew what I wanted to do, but I didn’t know what exactly it was. I’ve always wanted to be a doctor.
so in ten years, give or take, how do you see yourself? are you a doctor with a photography hobby?
Yes! That’s exactly how I see myself. I actually also want to use photographs as some sort of journalistic approach if I go to work or volunteer in other countries. But right now, taking all heavy sciences in college drew me to art, because it gives me a break from all the biology and the chemistry.
what do you like most about yourself?
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