Female Film Photographers You Should Know: Chloë Faye
Chloë Faye is a film photographer and filmmaker currently based in London. Her work focuses on storytelling, whether they’re stories of specific people or stories that happen in our day to day. Chloë has a special predilection for the use of vivid colours that make her images have a very cinematographic look.
♦ How would you introduce yourself to someone who just met you?
I’m Chloë, a 27-year-old filmmaker and photographer based in London, currently working in football. I organise @analog.meetups and I’m passionate about growing the film photography community in London (and beyond)!
♦ What is the memory that you most fondly remember from your childhood?
Probably seeing snow for the first time, it was magical.
♦ Who were the most influential people during your teens and how did they influence you?
I struggled to find my place in high school and didn’t really know what I was good at. My art teacher suggested I incorporate photography and video into a project during GCSE’s. I got a camera and started experimenting with photo and video art. It was from then on I found a medium I was truly passionate about and realised what I wanted to do as a career. She’d be totally unaware of it now, but her suggestion really set me up for life.
♦ How did you get in the world of analogue photography?
I had a Canon SureShot growing up and loved the excitement of getting photos back from the lab, but then digital quickly took over. I remember around 2009 laughing at my Dad for still using his compact film camera – “no one uses them anymore!”.
When I was 18 I worked at a Snappy Snaps. A lot of photography students would bring in their analog work in to be developed and printed. It was then that I saw so many incredible results and it sparked an interest. I was then given a Canon AE1 and EOS 100 by my Grandpa. It took me a while and a lot of YouTube tutorials, but soon enough I was hooked on film.
♦How would you describe the photography you do? What is your work focused on?
A lot of my work focuses on storytelling, capturing the essence of a moment but trying to show a narrative through a series of images. I’m also a magpie for colour and tend to gravitate to film stocks that are slightly more saturated. I tend to look out for vivid colours when I’m out shooting.
♦ Are you working on any photographic project at the moment?
I’ve been working on an ongoing portrait project that looks at identity and capturing an image that tries to emulate a person’s personality. I believe everyone should have a photo of themselves that they love, so its about giving people a confidence boost too.
It’s a real challenge and there’s a big element of psychology behind it as well; I’m learning so much as I go along. The happenings of the past year has put a pause on it, but I’m looking forward to restarting the project when I can.
♦ Is there any photographic project that you would like to do but have not done yet?
I work in football and have a strong fascination with football culture and everything that happens outside of the game itself. There’s so many stories to be told, I’d love to visit different clubs and photograph people’s match day rituals and find out their personal football stories.
♦ Which camera and which film do you use the most in your photography and why?
I think over the years I’ve used my Canon AE1 the most, with either the 50mm f/1.8 or the 135mm f/2.8 lens. Lately my go to film has been Lomography Colour 400, I love the colours and tones it produces.
♦ Who are your biggest influences?
Musician Damon Albarn (Gorillaz, Blur) is a huge inspiration. His creativity knows no bounds, he’s always trying new things and evolving. I really aspire to be like that too. I’m a huge fan of director Wes Anderson too, the quirky framing and use of colour in his films is an incredible aesthetic.
♦ What’s the best advice you would give yourself when you started in the world of film photography?
Keep shooting, keep experimenting and have fun with it! Don’t get too caught up with Instagram and likes, stay true to yourself and what you enjoy taking photos of.
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