Here's a little something about our next interviewee, Natalie: she's a 15 year old photographer, living in Hanoi, the heart of Vietnam, Southeast Asia. She enjoys foggy mornings, laying in bed with hot chocolate and has a thing for staying up late past midnight talking to people she loves.
She is possibly one of the most talented 15 year olds we have ever come across. Her flickr photostream is incredible. Her portraits are honest,
When did you start photographing?
i started photographing when i was about twelve or thirteen. taking film photos was something my dad used to do back when i was just a little kid. i firgured out memories are captured preciously on film the day my dad gave me his old canon ae-1 as a gift. naturally, the more i record my teenage years with film photography, the more i fall in love with it. i don't consider myself as a photographer, just a kid with memories to keep.
What does your camera equipment consist of? And what film do you prefer using?
i use a canon ae-1 most of the time, with fujifilm superia 200. i'd love to try black and white one day, and i'll do it as soon as i have a chance.
Who are your photography idols?
i get inspired by various people on Flickr, and i must confess they're all my photographic idols. the way they capture life is what i'd want my photos to look like. i enjoy looking at the photos that make me feel like living it. they tell such stories.
What music do you listen to?
i often find myself humming The Beatles, Regina Spektor, She&Him, A Fine Frenzy, Barcelona, Belle&Sebastian, Elliot Smith, Iron&Wine and Kate Nash's songs. i have a huge crush on The Beatles.
What are your favorite artists/ authors?
i love Jerome David Salinger, author of 'The Catcher In The Rye' as much as i love Stephen Chbosky of 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower'.
One odd thing you love.
i enjoy talking about soccer, especially Liverpool FC with my favorite boy when it's too late and we end up get yelled by our moms.
If there was one person dead or alive you could shoot, who would it be? and why?
if there was one person dead or alive i could shoot, it would honestly be Audrey Hepburn. i adore her beauty and talent, and i'd love to try to capture her candidly with my camera.
What is the soundtrack to your life?
the soundtrack of my life is the song 'In My Life' by The Beatles.
One own favorite picture of yours, and why?
it's really hard to choose my favorite picture, since i love them all. but i'm really proud of this one. it was a lovely day i'll never forget.
What time of the day do you prefer shooting?
i like shooting in the morning, especially foggy ones.
Your favorite thing to shoot.
my favorite thing to shoot would definitely be my friends. they're an important part of my youth, and the best memories i have are with them.
Who/ what would you say is your biggest inspiration?
my biggest inspiration is life itself. the simple things that hardly get noticed makes me love photography, for it shows the beauty of life which, people, in this rushy world, don't often acknowledge.
Three things you never leave home without.
three things i never leave home without: my cellphone, money and camera.
What would you love to do for the rest of your life?
i would love to spend the rest of my life living close to the sea with the person who makes me laugh every single day just by grinning at me while playing soccer in the sun. other wise, being a psychologist/astronomer would be nice as well, since i have a thing for psychology and astronomy. it's a little too soon for me to think of the future, i'm just enjoying the time being, that's all.
If you could make a million dollars doing one thing, what would it be?
if i could make a million dollars doing one thing, it would be humming songs i love without messing up/taking photos of my friends' youthful laughter.
One thing you're saving up for.
currently i'm saving up for Polaroid film packs. i'd love to take Polaroids but they don't sell film here where i live.
One fictional character you most identify with. And why?
i think i most identify with Jerry the mouse from my favorite childhood cartoon. he's quite smart and somehow always lucky enough to have what he wants.
How does your city affect your art?
my small town and its beauty makes me want to capture every living moment. sure it's messy sometimes, but the chaos is what makes my little Hanoi special. and i'm proud of it.
If you could choose one place in the world to live, where would it be?if i could choose one place in the world to live, it'd be Greece, without any doubts. i love the sea and the mountains, and how the water is crystal clear, with the white houses stand out perfectly in the hot Mediterranean sun.