Alexandra Cameron is a very talented and passionate photographer whose photographs gradually become more and more fascinating. Her latest project is all about creating images with giant objects, made by her boyfriend, Will Conolly. I had the chance to talk to her and ask her some questions.
Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Alexandra Cameron. I am a photographer from the UK.
How did you get into photography? How did you learn photography techniques and editing?
I got into photography after studying Film at University. During my final year I became obsessed with websites like Flickr and Deviant Art and wanted more than anything to create and capture images like the people I followed did. During this time I got a DSLR and started shooting and it pretty much gripped me from there. Anything I've learned since, has been self-taught, figuring stuff out or watching online tutorials.
How would you describe your personal style and how did you find it?
I don't think I have a distinctive style, but I find that my work tends to be soft with an emphasis on natural light. I also like to celebrate woman and highlight fragility within that. If I have a style then it's probably representative of the different parts of myself and the things I love.
Why did you choose photography instead of anything else?
It allowed me to be creative with the click of a shutter.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Other photographers, my peers, the things I love like music, films etc.
Could you describe to us your whole creative process from coming up with an idea to realizing it?
It's never really the same process but it usually starts with a location I love and then it grows from there. I'll find a style that fits the location I want to shoot at and take full advantage of the light and atmosphere of the place too.
With the GIANT Series it's the prop that comes to me first and when I do, a scene appears in my head, from that moment it just becomes a reality.
What are your artistic influences?
Mostly films and directors and fellow photographers. The list is too long!
Do you have any photographers whose work you admire?
Tim Walker and Annie Leibowitz are maybe obvious to mention but for good reason. Also my friends and peers Nirrimi Hakaanson, Rosie Hardy, Bella Kotak etc
Do you have any editing techniques you use mostly?
Huge fan of adding a bit of VSCO to my photos in Lightroom.
What is your photography equipment? What is your dream as an artist for you?
I use my 5D mkii and usually my 35mm 1.4 lens, I love borrowing my dads 85mm 1.2 recently for portraiture though as well.
My dream is to photograph and capture all the people who inspire me.
What are you working on right now?
My project “The GIANT Series” mostly.
In “The GIANT Series” you use a lot of handmade props. Could you tell us a little but about it (how do you come up with the ideas, how do you make them happen etc)?
The props are dreamed up in my head, it's hard to know where it comes from, it just forms there and after that I know pretty much exactly what I want. Then I chat to my boyfriend Will Conolly about it as he builds the props, usually he groans because the props I suggest are increasingly bigger or more complicated, but then we chat about whether he can do it, and if so, how he would go about it. Sometimes I buy materials and then just leave him to it. He is a complete wonder and just works in his spare time, sometimes longer than others, and once he's near the end, I arrange where to shoot and approach someone to model for it. Almost every person who has modelled for the series is someone I've previously shot with or have a friendship with or admire and it has been incredibly enriching to work with them all. The day of the shoot I'm usually panicking, I panic with every shoot because I never know if I'll 'pull it off' and there have been occasions when I feel I have let myself down, but I think I'm more direct with the ideas now so fortunately I haven't screwed up recently, haha.
How can someone purchase your art? And how can people follow your work?
I don't really have a shop or anything and it's something I might look into. People are more than welcome to email me, though, about purchasing prints.
You can check out Alexandra Cameron’s work on http://www.alexandracameron.co.uk/ ορ follow her on social media (facebook, flickr, instagram, tumblr, twitter) and her blog (www.alexandracameronphotography.blogspot.com)
Interview: Georgia Kikou