Female Film Photographers You Should Know: Momo Vũ
Momo is a magnificent film photographer born and based in Berlin but with plans to move to California in the not too distant future.
Her work focuses on capturing spontaneous moments in her life and exploring the different personalities of people through candid portraits. Momo’s exquisite handling of colours makes her skillfully combine saturated and colourful palettes in her photographs that will make you fall in love with them immediately.
♦ How would you introduce yourself to someone who just met you?
Hey nice to meet you, I‘m Momo. Born and raised in Berlin but on my way to California. I am into almost all things visual, listening to and making music, dancing, travelling, spending time in nature and connecting with like minded souls.
♦ What is the memory that you most fondly remember from your childhood?
There is a few but definitely it is spending time at my grandparents little bungalow in the woods and next to the river and also our family trips to Vietnam.
♦ Who were the most influential people during your teens and how did they influence you?
My grandfather, who passed away when I was 12.
He was such a great role model in many ways such as being an amazing guidance in my childhood, very connected to nature, very creative, very humble, the balance in person.
♦ How did you get in the world of analogue photography?
My dad has always carried a camera with him, whether for taking videos or photographs. This passion towards analogue photography really started thanks to my uncle who gifted me a point and shoot camera when I was 10 years old. Although I started using that camera more seriously after my grandpas funeral. I have been shooting digital for many years but nowadays I mainly focus on analogue.
♦How would you describe the photography you do? What is your work focused on?
I would describe it as most mood photography since it‘s very important to me to have lots of authenticity in my shots. My pictures might not be for everyone but that’s okay. I am a very spontaneous photographer and I want to get more into taking photographs within specifics concepts again though 🙂
♦ Are you working on any photographic project at the moment?
Not really but I have some things I would love to try out at some point. I will also try out some self portraits … maybe 😉
♦ Is there any photographic project that you would like to do but have not done yet?
I have sooo many! But I am more the slow but steady soul and whatever is meant to happen will come my way 😉
♦ Which camera and which film do you use the most in your photography and why?
I love my Pentax LX. I still have to figure some things out but it is an amazing camera to work with. When it comes to film I have no limits, I use all kinds of film!
♦ Who are your biggest influences?
My biggest influence is my beautiful soul-tribe who always pushes and motivates me to do whatever I want to express and expand and I am beyond grateful for them. I hope I equally give them the same freedom.
My other great inspiration is nature, I specially love being close to the ocean.
♦ What’s the best advice you would give yourself when you started in the world of film photography?
Be free of judgment and find beauty in failure too.
It‘s all part of the journey.
Heal your inner child.
Just be you and express your self.
Let the models fully express themselves too.
Find more about Momo’s Work👇