Since 2005, the Flickr website has brought together a large community of artists through image and video sharing—everything from portraits to their travels around the world. Yahoo Style has searched the site for some of the most talented users to exclusively collaborate with. We start our new series with Laurence Philomene, a 21-year-old photographer from Montreal, Canada.
Philomene brought her work to social media at the young age of 14, and has exhibited her work in various galleries around the world. Philomene’s work concerns themes of gender identity, femininity, and color theory. This month, we connected with the photographer to shoot a beauty feature with Trippy Nails.
Yahoo Style: How did you get into photography?
Laurence Philomene: I’ve always taken pictures for as long as I can remember, but I started getting really interested in photography as an art form when I borrowed my dad’s DSLR camera to photograph the Blythe dolls I was collecting at the time. I quickly became obsessed and started photographing everything and everyone around me!
YS: Why have you chosen Flickr as your main host?
LP: Flickr had a really big community of doll collectors at the time and it seemed like the perfect place to showcase my work.
YS: Has social media effected your work?
LP: I think more than anything, social media gave me a sense of community—and it still does! I found so many great individuals who shared my interests, and even years later most of us are working as professional photographers and we still keep in touch!
YS: Your work ranges from fashion to self portraiture, but oftentimes looks surreal. How do you balance this transition?
LP: Regardless of what kind of imagery I’m making, I try to always use color and natural light in an interesting way, which I think ties my work all together. To me, color is the most important part of any image I make.
YS: Being skilled in the art of self portraiture, what¹s the worst type of selfie?
LP: I think all selfies are great! Especially as a woman, being able to take control of the way our own image is a very empowering thing.
YS: What’s next?
LP: I really want to keep developing a strong portfolio of personal work, show my work in art shows and publications, and hopefully keep a growing list of commercial clients as well. I’m working a series titled “color studies” at the moment, and once the series is finished I’ll be working on a limited edition book of CMYK process screenprints of the images. Another passion of mine is curating and hosting events, I co-run an art collective and I also hope to one day have my own art gallery! I day-dream about it all the time.
Photography by Laurence Philomène for Yahoo Style
Nails by Trippy Nails
Models: Veggie Sangano, Esmee Steck, Fatine Violette Sabiri, and Billy Babystar.