Chloe Newman / 23 / London / Photographer
For our fourth run in the BADASSFEMALES exhibitions we have the amazing photographer, Chloe Newman.
Tell us a bit about this work..
The images are from a mixture of different pieces, the Purple plants were from my graduate degree show – I was really into the artificial merging with the organic and was looking at a lot of sci-fi influences at the time, David Cronenberg’s films, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 etc so I created this kind of futuristic world and called that piece ‘Terrestrial Flora’. The Pink pool image is called ‘SUBM3RG3’ and was a result of an image I shot at the start of my third year at uni but I decided not to use it, as the year went on I just kept going back to it and editing/retouching it further and further – the image was used for a commission in the end for a hair salon called The Pony Club in Antwerp and its one of my favourite images I’ve made so far. The two-headed cat was an extension image from my graduate work ‘End of Genesis’ I shot after the degree show just for fun.
How would you describe your approach to making art?
Sometimes I’ll just have an image in my head I want to shoot, other times I’ll collect images I like and then something will equate from them, like the two headed cat image – I saw a taxidermy image on google of this weird flying cat. A lot of the time through editing and retouching I’ll play around and something will come out of that.
What do you do when you’re procrastinating?
I go on youtube and watch choreographed/freestyle dance videos to hip hop and rnb songs I love, equally I’ll go on Spotify and find new music or if I’m trying to get productive, read an interview about someone I admire.
How/When/Where do you do your work?
It can vary with where but a lot of it happens in my room right now with regards to my staged work, one side is just a space with a white wall dedicated to shooting. Some commercial shoots I’ll be in a studio or at someone’s house haha. When I’m shooting live I’ll be at different Venues which is nice to experience.
In five years time you would like to be…
I’d like to be photographing still, and looking into other routes like directing and possibly Dj-ing, and travelling to different places that incorporate doing what I love!
In five years time you will be…
Hopefully doing those things! But I’m open to letting life throw other things at me, would be pretty boring if you knew exactly where you’d be and what you’d be doing in five years time
Final words of advice…
Just do you and what makes you happy.
At the moment I am… Overwhelmed (but good overwhelmed!) /excited
Reading… Magazines mainly, Paper, Fader, Riposte – The WW Club’s posts online are great
Listening to… JME, RIHANNA, LAURYN HILL, KEHLANI
Watching… I recently saw Creed and Straight Outta Compton (which both have great soundtracks).
Looking at.. Pretty much anything that celebrates females – I think female creative’s had a brilliant year last year, and hopefully that will just keep growing this year.
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