August 26, 2015 · by bricksmagazine · in Emerging Talent, Fashion, Interview. · Edit
We spoke to Naomi Wong, a 19 year old fashion photographer and founder of girl-power zine Les Fille, about her work, plans and aspirations!
Hi Naomi! How are you? I’m great thanks. Just very busy and trying to get things done!
Where are you based at the moment? In London.
Why do you take photos? It’s what I love to do and it makes me happy. Photos are so important and can express so many things in so many ways. I like to capture people and the moments that matter the most to me so I can look back one day and remember certain things.
What’s the first camera you picked up and used? A disposable camera when I was fourteen.
Who’s the most interesting person you’ve shot? That’s hard to say, all the people I have photographed have always been quite interesting to me. They all have a sense of character and are so expressive with what they say and do.
What do you try and capture with each image? With my fashion and portraiture work I try to capture the subjects as they are and try to bring out their sense of character, the little details that makes them different as well as the clothes. I want them (subjects) to own their representation and be comfortable with themselves. As for my personal work, I want to capture a certain feeling or moment that can remind someone of something nostalgic and personal. Maybe a friend they haven’t spoken to in a while or something that happened at a party, who knows!
What’s your dream job? To travel and take pictures for a living, I’ll get there eventually.
How do you choose the team you work with on a shoot? I usually just work with anyone who has a very similar taste to me and a mutual understanding of each other’s work.
What motivates you to create new work? The thought that I can always do things better or differently the next time I work on something. I’m always trying to improve myself and the way I see things so that motivates me the most.
Nothing goes to plan every single time, have you ever faced any challenges on set? Yes! Usually there is not enough natural light to shoot indoors or it’s too cloudy outside. I always check the weather but I have never cancelled a shoot because of that. Sometimes my camera has a few problems but I’ve learnt to always carry a back up with me now.
What do you do when you feel uninspired or have a creative block? I usually look at things online – photos and videos, watch films, have pancakes with my friends, go out and walk around London for a bit… I think anything that’s nice really helps. It’s never good to make yourself feel bad when you feel uninspired. Sometimes when you search for it, things don’t come to you instantly.
If you could shoot a campaign for anyone who would it be and why? Nicolas Ghesquiere at Louis Vuitton. The clothes are just so amazing, I tried to emulate looks from his first collection for the house all throughout winter. I bought loads of turtlenecks and aline skirts with zips, I just wanted to be a Ghesquiere girl! His ongoing collaboration with Juergen Teller is so beautiful too, I have most of the pictures on my wall.
You’ve had your work published in fashion magazines from all over the world, when did you finally feel accepted as a credible fashion photographer? I think only recently when I became more confident about my work. I’m usually very critical because I constantly do what other creative people do which is comparing your work to others. I realised everyone has their own thing going on and their own success which shouldn’t make me feel anything less. I’m still at the beginning right now and I should embrace the work I create, be proud of what I do. Some of my favourite publications have accepted my editorials and people who I admire have started to notice my work which has been great.
Do you have any plans for when you finish your degree? Keep shooting and hopefully set up a small publishing press where I can produce and distribute artist photo books as well curate zines featuring upcoming photographers.
Whats next for you? I will be doing a short course on publishing in Austria next month and then I’ll be moving to the US later this year for my study abroad. After I finish, I’ll be moving to New York for a few months to collaborate with fellow creatives over there.