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3 QUESTIONS FOR AMINDA VILLA

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I met Aminda a few years back when she zipped across the oceans and particpated in the Dare workshop. In recent times her work and her personality have exploded across the social shebang. There are two reasons for that. a) her work is shit-hot (you can’t fake the photography and b) she’s as straight up n genuine as can be in a social sea of awkward hesitance. In a time when you have to wade thru so much tosh for inspiration it’s a breath of fresh air every time I dip into her instastories.

She’s fun, playful, off the wall and her work is original and courageous. There are few people I go in search of on instagram. If their work pops up in my feed I may or may not look at it. If Aminda isn’t posting … I go looking. We did this interview beneath a shower of falling stars outside a neon lit space bar whilst waiting for a rocket somewhere off the coast of west Alderaan. Actually she emailed me but we’re gonna do that for the sequel.

HOME INSPIRED

get draggin’ these babies along <<<< Outrageously confident clicks. Rockin’!

THE WORDS / 

What’s one very straight to the point lesson you’ve recently learned the hardway?

If you miss the kiss, start a chant “KISS AGAIN! KISS AGAIN! KISS AGAIN!” immediately, while they’re still at the alter/in the aisle. You’ll get the crowd chanting with you after two little chants by yourself (be LOUD!!!), and then the bride and
groom will of course KISS AGAIN!

What comforts you? 

Extremely stormy nights. An afternoon with a full pot of coffee and nowhere to be. Taking time to be organized. Traveling solo. Knowing that if my photography career ever goes to shit, I can just get a job at Starbucks because they’re okay with tattoos and I’ll have access to free coffee.

What personal projects are you working on right now?

I am working on something I call “Airport Strangers”, which is an ongoing project where I take a photo of a stranger in every airport I take a flight from. Some photos are portraits, where I introduce myself to the person, and others are candid style, where the person is captured in motion or unknowingly… like street photography, but in an airport Last year I had 36 “airport strangers” and now the project continues into 2019… and maybe forever …

keep draggin’ <<<<

(Projects Continued …)

The other thing I’m working on is still in the very beginning phases. I don’t even know what it is yet. But over the past 3 years or so I’ve collected the grocery lists that I find on the ground at the grocery store. At first I was snipping them up and sewing them onto Polaroid pictures of models that I was working with… the juxtaposition of a young model wearing a reveling swimsuit with the words “apples, milk, cottage cheese” in the shaky handwriting of an old Grandmother fascinates me. I later started scanning the lists and creating the collages in Photoshop. I’m in the brainstorming phase of where else I want to take this… it will be forever evolving.

I just know that I love creating with these little lists. I don’t know…there’s something about them. They’re notes that are intended for no one but the maker, but somehow they ended up in my hands. It’s amazing and it feels sneaky. 
I do know that from now on, I’m scanning the lists as is, before I cut them up and repurpose them into mixed media. I’ve created an Instagram account for the lists to live on (coming soon), and I hope to make them into a coffee table book in the future. Stay tuned… 😉

3 QUESTIONS FOR AMINDA VILLA

instagram | weddings | link

I met Aminda a few years back when she zipped across the oceans and particpated in the Dare workshop. In recent times her work and her personality have exploded across the social shebang. There are two reasons for that. a) her work is shit-hot (you can’t fake the photography and b) she’s as straight up n genuine as can be in a social sea of awkward hesitance. In a time when you have to wade thru so much tosh for inspiration it’s a breath of fresh air every time I dip into her instastories.

She’s fun, playful, off the wall and her work is original and courageous. There are few people I go in search of on instagram. If their work pops up in my feed I may or may not look at it. If Aminda isn’t posting … I go looking. We did this interview beneath a shower of falling stars outside a neon lit space bar whilst waiting for a rocket somewhere off the coast of west Alderaan. Actually she emailed me but we’re gonna do that for the sequel.

HOME INSPIRED

get draggin’ these babies along <<<< Outrageously confident clicks. Rockin’!

THE WORDS / 

What’s one very straight to the point lesson you’ve recently learned the hardway?

If you miss the kiss, start a chant “KISS AGAIN! KISS AGAIN! KISS AGAIN!” immediately, while they’re still at the alter/in the aisle. You’ll get the crowd chanting with you after two little chants by yourself (be LOUD!!!), and then the bride and
groom will of course KISS AGAIN!

What comforts you? 

Extremely stormy nights. An afternoon with a full pot of coffee and nowhere to be. Taking time to be organized. Traveling solo. Knowing that if my photography career ever goes to shit, I can just get a job at Starbucks because they’re okay with tattoos and I’ll have access to free coffee.

What personal projects are you working on right now?

I am working on something I call “Airport Strangers”, which is an ongoing project where I take a photo of a stranger in every airport I take a flight from. Some photos are portraits, where I introduce myself to the person, and others are candid style, where the person is captured in motion or unknowingly… like street photography, but in an airport Last year I had 36 “airport strangers” and now the project continues into 2019… and maybe forever …

keep draggin’ <<<<

(Projects Continued …)

The other thing I’m working on is still in the very beginning phases. I don’t even know what it is yet. But over the past 3 years or so I’ve collected the grocery lists that I find on the ground at the grocery store. At first I was snipping them up and sewing them onto Polaroid pictures of models that I was working with… the juxtaposition of a young model wearing a reveling swimsuit with the words “apples, milk, cottage cheese” in the shaky handwriting of an old Grandmother fascinates me. I later started scanning the lists and creating the collages in Photoshop. I’m in the brainstorming phase of where else I want to take this… it will be forever evolving.

I just know that I love creating with these little lists. I don’t know…there’s something about them. They’re notes that are intended for no one but the maker, but somehow they ended up in my hands. It’s amazing and it feels sneaky. 
I do know that from now on, I’m scanning the lists as is, before I cut them up and repurpose them into mixed media. I’ve created an Instagram account for the lists to live on (coming soon), and I hope to make them into a coffee table book in the future. Stay tuned… 😉