Interview with Photographer
Photographer: Lucy Alcorn
Make-up: Tri-Anh Nguyen
Hair: Bridget Cure
Stylist: Isabelle Robinson
Talent: Jenna and Emilee
I - Could you tell us about how you became involved with photography and realised you wanted to be a photographer?
L - I was a graffiti artist in highschool (Banksy replied to my fanmail once and told me he liked my work!) and first picked up a camera documenting my stencils. I connected with it immediately and went on to study it at University. Studio lighting was by far my favourite course there, I knew I’d found my place with lighting, and that has shaped the rest of my career.
I - Do you think that photography has changed you in any way? What do you love most about Photography?
L - I feel extremely lucky to have found a job that satisfies my creativity, challenges my nerdy technical brain, lets me travel extensively and allows me to meet and chat to interesting people. And then I get paid for it? It genuinely is the best job around! For years I have done event photography on the side, and have attended talks and festivals etc in worlds I would never normally be a part of. I’ve learned about robotics, legal systems, million dollar startups, how to run a real estate business, plus ethical debates, doctors cutting edge discoveries, and had the best view to see some of my favourite musicians! I’ve gone backstage at NYFW, and MBFWA, I’ve shot for brands in Paris, Berlin and Santorini, and have shot some fun celebs like, Teyana Taylor and Cody Simpson along the way! I guess I love the unique access photography gives you into fascinating worlds, and every day is a new and wonderful adventure.
I - Do you have any favourite pieces of equipment you couldn’t live without?
L - I am obsessed with my Canon 85mm 1.2 lens. I’ve shot almost every job and editorial with it since 2014! I keep trying to branch out but nothing else really cuts it.
I - If you had unlimited resources who and what would you photograph?
L - I would absolutely build some epic, larger than life props and shoot in an insane location. And I think Duckie Thot is at the top of my dream list! I’d love to maybe make some huge mirrored cubes and shoot her in the bolivian salt flats at sunset in some wild glittering Gucci pieces!
I - How do you keep yourself motivated when it comes to creating your editorials?
L - I never have any lack of enthusiasm for creating! I’d happily shoot a new one every day! I am a pedantic retoucher though, and struggle keeping up with everything I shoot, so it's more about keeping up the motivation there! I keep it up by dreaming of the next shoot :)
I - Could you tell us a little bit about the concept behind your editorials we featured?
L - We wanted to create a dreamy and romantic atmosphere, and contrast soft, flowing fabrics against the harsh landscape of Sydney’s coast. We hoped for a bit of wind and got more than we could almost handle! The poor models had wild wild smashing into their faces and it was super cold, but it was all worth it for the shots we got!
I - What is the impression you want viewers to get from your work?
L - I guess glowing, dreamy and romantic are all the key words that I like to go for! A little elevated from reality, super beautiful and inviting.
I - Do you have any tips for photographers/creatives at the start of their journey?
L - There’s that saying about needing 10,000 hours to perfect your craft... so really just get started! You’ll make heaps of mistakes and crappy work along the way, but it all helps you to learn what works and what to do next time. Always experiment and try weird things and new techniques! Don’t stop making personal work, so many of my love jobs have landed me my ‘real’ jobs. Be kind to all people - the strangest connections have ended up being so important for me along the way, sometimes years later! And finally - you’re probably undercharging. Value yourself!
I - Amongst your work do you have a favourite and why?
L - It’s always so hard to choose! But I think the Shine for Diversity campaign I shot last year was closest to my heart, and definitely one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen with my own eyes! We had fifteen models from diverse backgrounds in one place, promoting racial inclusion in the media, and championing equal opportunities for all. This message behind the shoot is really important to me, and I am hopeful for a future that truly celebrates the vast diversity we have in this world.(https://www.shine4diversity.com/)
I - Is there any particular photographers or creative that have influenced you the most?
L - I love Tim Walker and his insane dream-like creations! That’s definitely the kind of work I’d be creating if I had no limits. I also really love this Russian photographer called Elizaveta Porodina. Her creations are genuine art, and she always inspires me to push my boundaries further.
I - What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment to date?
L - I was really honoured to be counted as a top 10 photographer in two places last year! That was a real treat! And this year I shot a campaign for Havaianas which was licensed in Europe and all through Asia Pacific - my first global distribution. I’m super proud of that one!
I - Is there any thing key in the future your aiming for?
L - So many things! I’d love to shoot a major beauty brand campaign (Fenty please), land another magazine cover (Schön please), work with one of my favourite models (Taylor LaShae please), and also be flown abroad for a shoot (once COVID clears up... japan please!). I’d also love to find other ways to use my photography for good, and... it's not photography related but I really want to get a dog!
I - Thank you for featuring within INTRA, where could viewers find more information about you and connect with your work?
L - Thank you! I’m on insta at @lucy_alcorn and my website is www.lucyalcorn.com
Thanks INTRA! x