Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Oakland, California and have lived in New York City for the past 10 years.
How and when did you start doing photography?
I started taking black and white 35mm film photos in high school.
What inspires your photography?
Dreams inspire my photography, specifically I am interested in evoking the feeling that you are in familiar place but the details are different than in reality. Using multiple exposures I try to evoke this feeling by exposing familiar forms with new textures and patterns. My process first involves observing my environment. I walk around and notice interesting details, patterns, and shadows. If something catches my eye, I return with a camera and capture the image. For multiple exposures, I usually take pictures of architecture, rewind the roll of film, and shoot a texture or natural element on top of it. Sometimes I rewind and shoot the film a third time.
Why do you still shoot film?
Film helps us all appreciate and explore the world in greater depth. Shooting with film 35mm film allows me to freeze time, expose details, and stretch the bounds of reality.
Who are your favourite photographers?
Two of my favorite photographers are Henri Cartier Bresson, and Vivian Maier. Both could capture the right moment seamlessly.
What are your favourite camera’s to shoot with?
I like to shooting with my Canon AE1 and Nikon F.
What is your favourite film to work with?
I love the way colors come out with Kodak Ektar 100. Kodak Tri-x 400 always looks great, and I love that I can use it during the day and at night.
Do you think film photography has a future?
I think some people will always be interested in what the medium of film has to offer, and even though the number of practitioners may shrink, I doubt film will die out entirely.
To see more of Vivian’s photographs visit her site.