Sunday, 21 February 2016

An Interview with Lili Autumn

1.  Tell us about yourself.

My name is Lili Autumn, I live in Leeds and I studied commercial photography at the University of Huddersfield. I'm now a practicing photographer focusing on fashion and beauty photography. 

2.  How would you describe your practice as a photographer?

My practice is inspired by film, art and sex. My life is dark, I love black and skulls, I like to portray my personality within my photographs but keep it bright so that the viewer doesn't notice your morbid thought process. I love the cinematic, robotic pose I ask my models to create. I also like to keep it secretly seductive. 

3.  How did you get into this?

Originally, I wasn't a fan of fashion photography but studying commercial photography changed me. Live briefs meant that I researched designers such as Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. I fell in love with the creativity behind it all. Westwood is such a bad ass and McQueen portrayed his demons in his designs. I soon realised that fashion isn't about being pretty, it's about expressing your thoughts. Fashion photography is all about projecting the ideologies of a brand. As an educated art lover, I find this practice intellectual as opposed to the common belief that fashion photography is only skin deep. 

4.  What equipment/ software do you use?

I'm a Nikon girl. I'm trained in most Adobe programs (InDesign, Lightroom etc) but Photoshop is my favourite. I have also started using Capture One because it's quite standard to know how to use this in the industry.

5.  Any tips for practicing fashion/ editorial photographers?

It's not about conforming, be inspired but stay original.

6.  Tell us about your modelling.

I started modelling 9 years ago for a hairdresser. It's been a hobby of mine ever since. I focus mostly on fashion but I'm stretching into lingerie and pinup now that I'm a bit older and more confident. I often help out on set when I'm modelling and vice-versa when I'm shooting. 

7.  What's next?

I'm currently looking at Masters degrees in various areas. I'm undecided as to whether I want to study fashion photography or broaden my horizons into design.

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