Pho­to­gra­pher Thu Thuy Pham opens up about beau­ty, Insta­gram and her motivation

After publishing her first book "Nine Women", Thu Thuy Pham continues taking beautiful photographs of people and moods. We talked to Thuy about beauty, Instagram and her motivation.

How does your per­fect day look like?

Rela­xing with chil­led music, good food, and sce­ne­ry that longs to be cap­tu­red.

How does your per­fect shoot look like?

Good loca­ti­on, good sun light and a good team are the ele­ments I seek and am thank­ful for whenever they click!

Which was one of the most memo­r­able shoo­tings you did and why?

Most memo­r­able was shoo­ting for my book Nine Women” – it was a per­so­nal pro­ject about my heri­ta­ge, com­mu­ni­ty and aes­the­tic ideals.

Natu­re, still, peop­le – which kind of pho­to­gra­phy do you prefer?

I enjoy shoo­ting all three and feel they can be approa­ched from a myri­ad of per­spec­ti­ves depen­ding on your objective.

In which way do you think Insta­gram effects pho­to­gra­phy?

It makes pho­to­gra­phy both more approach­a­ble and more dis­po­sable. I like that it gives peop­le the power to share with each other and be inspi­red by one another.

How did your pho­to­gra­phy chan­ge in the last few years?

Over the past few years I think I’ve star­ted to find my audi­ence’ so to speak, in that my aes­the­tic has beco­me more con­sis­tent throughout my pro­jects and con­veys what I find beautiful.

Who is your top 5 inspi­ra­ti­on on Insta­gram?

@documenting_fashion – for nost­al­gia
@diet_prada – for fun
@jodieabarnes – for sty­ling
@puppiespedia – for cuteness
@ryanmcginleystudios – for photography

What or who inspi­res you in the off­line world?

Peop­le. I like to peop­le watch and pick up on what trends are ent­e­ring the mar­ket and making it to the high street. It’s fasci­na­ting that every morning we make fashion choices and sub/​consciously give socie­ty an inkling of how we wish to be por­tray­ed. Fashion is like theat­re that plays out in front of our eyes. 

And women with sto­ries worth tel­ling. Real women. I look for women who nur­tu­re; whe­ther them­sel­ves, others or the spaces around them. Peop­le who care and make things hap­pen have sto­ries worth tel­ling.

How do you start your day to get you moti­va­ted?

I’m a very get up and go’ per­son in the morning. If I see a ray of sun­light brea­king its way into my apart­ment then I know the­re are beau­ti­ful things and peop­le wai­t­ing to be shot. Ok, so it’s a litt­le har­der to get up on a grey day I’ll admit!

Fashion is like theat­re that plays out in front of our eyes.

Cof­fee or tea?

Tea, plea­se.

Sum­mer or Winter?

Sum­mer for sure, it’s too cold to shoot out­doors in Win­ter.

Which book have you read more than once?

Ways of See­ing by John Ber­ger is a use­ful step into ana­ly­sing how we read and inter­pret aes­the­tic ideo­lo­gies.

Which Neu­bau eye­we­ar style is your favo­ri­te?

It’s hard to choo­se, but I’d say San­dra is my favo­ri­te – it’s timeless yet modern.

07 Aug. 2018 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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