⚡️CHLOE SHEPPARD ⚡️

Wonderful Women Wednesday

Taking a mid-week moment to celebrate and thank those standing up and kicking ass

This week is ⚡️CHLOE SHEPPARD ⚡️ the 22 year old film photographer + filmmaker in London. Represented by Forever for moving image *:·゚✧ ‘Unreel with dreamlike rapidity’.

Chloe has become renowned for her non-digital photographs of young women. Her work can be seen in major publications like Dazed and Confused, NYLON, Teen Vogue, ID. Also in solo and group shows and more frequently for fashion brands including Momki, Nike, Miss Selfridge, Lazy Oaf, Boxpark Shoreditch to name but really just a few.

I found an article from a couple of years ago in which she cites ‘I really would love to do it as a full time career, but sometimes I’m not sure if I’m really cut out for it. It’s definitely a dream but I find it hard to see it as realistic sometimes when there is so much competition.’ Checking her CV listing of the last couple of years since that quote I would say she seems to be doing just fine.

‘I think to find your own [niche], you have to look at your influences and what you’re into, and why you’re drawn to those certain things. For me, I fell in love with photographers like Petra Collins, Mayan Toledano & Baron Wolman and that was because the things in their photographs I felt were the things missing in my life. So photography for me eventually became a way to fill a void, and those things shape my aesthetic I guess. Jean-Luc Godard once said “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to”, which I love because when you’re starting out, sometimes it can feel like you’re just ripping off somebody else to an extent, but that’s crucial in finding your own style – being able to take what inspires you and purge it out into something else, something original.’ full article here.

I only discovered Chloe last year through Polyester Zine, who’s Founding Editor in Chief Ione Gamble I had the pleasure of working with on a project back in 2016. Very grateful for that, thank you! Have loved watching her work develop (she has a beauty of an instagram feed) and excited to see this continue and where she takes it.

‘Photographers should be more honest and open because there is a whole group of young girls looking up to us. We should be trying to help guide them through our work’.

‘IT WOULD BE COOL FOR SOMEONE OF THE NEXT GENERATION WHO IS FAT AND SELF-CONSCIOUS TO SEE MY WORK AND THINK THAT THEY CAN ALSO TAKE SELF PORTRAITS’ - CHLOE SHEPPARD