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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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