London based Chloe Sheppard is barely out of her teens, but seems dedicated to analog at this time, for the sheer look and mystery of the process. Although brought up in a basically Instagram world, it was actually the “shitty” selfies of friends that was a large part of the impetus that started her on her photographic journey. That, and a passion for the 70’s, music and a culture long passed. Her work has already been featured in Dazed and Confused, NYLON Japan, Teen Vogue and other publications.
Chloe Sheppard Steps Out
She’s actually an old hand at this, having gotten into photography at the age of 13. She drew further inspiration from images found and posted on her Tumblr blog. Images she loved were shot on film, so after some experimentation, it was only natural to actually shoot film. Old movies and older photographers like Baron Wolman were as close to where her vision lay, so emulating that feel and style seemed normal to her. A style both soft and natural.
If she can make one woman feel good about self image, she feels she has done her job. especially as it pertains to teenage girls. In this over retouched society, she seems wise beyond her years.
A Canon and a Contax
Most of her work has been done with a Canon AE-1, and now a Contax T2. For film, she uses Agfa Vista 200 quite a lot. Shooting on film has also contributed to her living out her 70’s fantasies. Creativity comes from many places, and starting in the 70’s is as good a place as any. She finds excitement in waiting for the film to be developed.
Certainly she and her work are far removed from a strictly Instagram world. To see more of Chloe Sheppard’s work, visit her website link below. Chloe Sheppard,…the epitome of youth and film.