sheree PorterO
FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER
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Known for: Her distinctive style and unique use of lighting to create evocative and unforgettable  fashion imagery.

WHERE ARE YOU BASED? Sydney, Australia

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN THE INDUSTRY? I studied in New Zealand for two years, and then went to RMIT in Melbourne and completed a BA in commercial Photography, which then led me to move to London and start assisting. 

Can you say a little about what you do? TELL US ABOUT Your process? Originally I was going to be a painter. My mum had a degree in Art History, which I think now has really helped my working process. She exposed me to a lot of different art from a young age.

When I'm looking at references as part of my process, I'm looking for stuff that's not so relevant -  I watch a lot of movies and look at a lot of art that isn't a direct relation to fashion photography. The ‘90s for me, at the moment, is a big source of inspiration. The women are always depicted as quite strong and bold; I like that.

I really love what I do, sometimesI think maybe a bit much. It feels so freeing to make something with a team of people and create a world which we view, but are not part of. I guess what I like the most is creating something fantastical that the viewer can be immersed in somehow.

TELL US WHAT IT’S BEEN LIKE SHOOTING IN NEW YORK?  

New York was really cool; I loved that everything you could ever want in a photographic sense was at your fingertips. I was exposed to some great inspirations while I was there. I think when you are taken out of your normal life and popped somewhere like New York,  you start to look at things differently and find things at a new fresh pace. That in itself impacts your work and the way you visualise. 

Most memorable shoot/job/person you have worked with? I feel so grateful for the job that I have ,and have been on some really amazing shoots. While I was assisting in London, I got to watch some really amazing photographers work on big jobs, which showed me the possibilities of what can be achieved, I also got flown to the top of Mount Cook, which was pretty special. 

 

YOUR INSTAGRAM IS A BEAUTIFUL SHOWCASE OF YOUR WORK. WHAT ROLE DOES THE PLATFORM PLAY CREATIVELY AND FOR YOUR BRAND?

Thank you! It's interesting to show work and see how it's received, but I also like that I can see an overview of my images, to analyse if I'm doing things a certain way or being influenced by anything in particular.

 

What’s your favourite social platform and why? I like that Instagram is so readily available. It also allows us as artists to be encouraging towards our peers, which is something that is important at the moment due to the lack of social engagement.

WE’RE STAYING AT HOME A LOT AT THE MOMENT. WHAT’S KEEPING YOU ENTERTAINED? FAVOURITE SONG OR FILM OR SHOW OR PODCAST?

I watched Gummo the other day and fell in love with it. I like the indie American film scene. I have a strong love for documentary photography, which lends itself towards the indie cinematic genre. I have also been running A LOT, which really helped keep me sane during lockdown.

WHAT’S YOUR COFFEE ORDER? 

Iced long black.

MUSIC IS SUCH A BIG PART OF WORKING ON SET. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLAYLIST OR GO-TO ALBUM?

I have a pretty eclectic taste in music. It really depends on the day, but I love Soundcloud, so I’m often finding new stuff to listen to through that.

WHAT’S FAVOURITE NEW GADGET/TECH/PLATFORM/APP AND WHY? THIS COULD BE A CAMERA, COOL APP WITH FILTERS ETC. 

I was just introduced the other day to Depop, which I really liked. I love vintage... well anything, so I can trawl through that and find some magic.

ARE THERE ANY FUTURE PROJECTS OR PLANS YOU CAN SHARE WITH US?  

I'm working on a project with a good friend of mine who also returned to Australia because of COVID-10. I’m super-pumped for it to get off the ground. You guys will have to wait and see!