Female Film Photographers You Should Know: Dafne de la Fuente
Dafne is an excellent analogue photographer born and living in the capital of Spain, Madrid.
She is a specialist in making you travel to intimate and warm moments every time you look at her photographs. Her excellent use of warm colour palettes and her careful compositions will make you fall in love with her work at a glance
♦ How would you introduce yourself to someone who just met you?
Hi there! I’m Dafne, preferably Daf, and I’m based in Madrid, Spain.
I recently moved to Madrid city center, but this past year I’ve lived in Groningen, Netherlands. The experience was a bit devastating and shooting film saved me. This was exactly one year ago.
I am now discovering new ways of expressing myself through photography, so you are all welcome to my little personal world.
♦ What is the memory that you most fondly remember from your childhood?
I remember each of the games I used to play during break time at school. Sometimes if I close my eyes I can feel myself playing outside my school with my friends.
♦ Who were the most influential people during your teens and how did they influence you?
My friends back then influenced me the most during my teens. I lived all my “first times” with them and we taught each other how to go through hard times but also the best ones.
♦ How did you get in the world of analogue photography?
I became interested in analogue photography when a friend of mine came to the city I was living in at the time in the Netherlands for a shooting. When I saw the pictures, I fell in love with the grain and the vibrant colours. Since I wasn’t confident enough to buy an analogue camera, I decided to buy first the Kodak’s Fun Saver disposable camera. I have been shooting disposable cameras for almost half a year before changing to my Olympus Pen EE3 and still love using them. They are very special to me.
♦How would you describe the photography you do? What is your work focused on?
I would describe it as intimate. I like to photograph my daily life, but always looking for colour and balanced compositions. I also consider natural light as the main source of inspiration, in all its forms.
♦ Are you working on any photographic project at the moment?
Yes! So many. But the most important one at the moment is about the connection it exists between people and their pets. It’s taking time because it requires a long process of pre-production, but my team and I are so excited for it.
♦ Is there any photographic project that you would like to do but have not done yet?
Of course! My dream is to be able to travel and show everyone the world through my lenses and my soul.
♦ Which camera and which film do you use the most in your photography and why?
♦ Who are your biggest influences?
The Spanish band Love of Lesbian is and remains my greatest influence. Every time I listen to their music I connect deeply with my inner self.
Also, watching the American tv show Friends all over again also helps me in a way I can’t explain.
♦ What’s the best advice you would give yourself when you started in the world of film photography?
Don’t compare yourself to anyone, just go with the flow. Shoot whatever you like and above all let the results surprise you. Receiving your scans and watching them for the first time is the best feeling ever
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