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babe of the month | photographer francesca allen

Babe of the Month is a monthly interview series created to promote inspiring women online.

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Francesca Allen is the lovely London based photographer who’s quickly gained recognition the past years for her playful portraits embodying youth, female friendship and true love. There is a joyful intimacy in her photographs that has enchanted large publications, galleries and brands alike, but foremost the female Internet community.

Being well versed in gender issues she portrays women in a careless and confident way that only the trust girlfriends between can evoke. However, she is also clear on the fact that just because she’s female and feminist her work shouldn’t be classified as ‘feminist art’. Speaking to Francesca Allen reveals that despite the moments captured in her photography might be coincidental, her work and values are not. 

You can see why I had to grab her for an interview. Over a couple of emails we chat about feminist porn, why sucking at art school was great and the pros of being a woman in the photography industry.

 

”I feel that perhaps people (men) view female artists as somewhat inferior to male artists, but it only gives you room to surprise people.”

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Hi babe, thanks for taking time to chat with me! How has your day been?

Hello! It’s been quite nice. I dyed my hair super dark, my eyebrows too, with the hair dye. It initially looked like it had all gone terribly wrong but I’ve come out looking okay! I’ve answered a lot of my emails today which I’m constantly behind on, also these questions, I’m really bad at completing interviews on time because I like to write quite a lot and sometimes I find it really hard to spit out what I’m trying to say. I’ve eaten two egg sandwiches, a pot of coffee and some biscuits too.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m twenty-two, I’ve lived in London since I was eighteen. I have a cute studio and flat in Seven Sisters and I take photos almost every day now, mainly of my friends, girls I find interesting and fashion and music.

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What pros do you think there are with being a female photographer?

Honestly, I can’t think of any cons. I feel that perhaps people (men) view female artists as somewhat inferior to male artists, but it only gives you room to surprise people. As a woman I feel I can make my subject feel as comfortable as possible. Women have always been taught to disappear and be invisible and this way of viewing women means that you can be invisible. My photos aren’t about me, I don’t want to have a presence in them, I want them to be about my subjects.

 

What is it you want to communicate with your work?

I don’t really make conceptual work and I think that’s why people can relate to it so much. I want my work to feel overwhelmingly positive.

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Interview with Photographer Francesca Jane Allen, Porn Star Jessie Andrews

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Tell us about your proudest project.

I think my ‘GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!’ series, although I’m really bored of looking at it now. I want to turn it into a book as soon as possible and then never look at it again. I’m actually really happy with what I’ve shot in the past few months. I think the series I shot of my sister for i-D has become one of my favourite shoots, also the shoot I did with Jessie Andrews.

 

Who has been the most fun to shoot and why?

I recently did a shoot with actress Kiersey Clemons for i-D. Kiersey had so much energy and is really flexible physically! I think we really bounced off each other and the whole team that day was great.

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You mentioned in the interview you did with It’s Nice That that you despised uni. What impact do you think it had on you?

I work really fucking hard now. It’s kind of nice to have come out with a bad grade; I feel incredibly motivated to prove them wrong.

 

”The kind of mum that is embarrassing as a teen is really the best mum ever.”

 

What has been your biggest learnings since you started?

Don’t ever get complacent or too pleased with yourself. Don’t be lazy. Get out of bed!

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What projects are you excited for in 2016?

I really recently had a new idea for a project involving porn actresses. I don’t want to say any more about it as it’s a very vague idea for now, but I haven’t been this excited about a thought in my head for a very long time.

 

This feature is about highlighting inspirational women so I’d like to know who’s your biggest girl crush and person that you look up to?

My biggest girl crush is erotic actress Maria Riot, I met her on set with director Erika Lust in Barcelona. She was a total babe, super in charge of herself and her body and really fun to chat to. I look up to my mum; she knows how to reconstruct walls, just finished her phD and has never shaved her armpits. The kind of mum that is embarrassing as a teen is really the best mum ever.

 

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OTHER INSPIRING WOMEN:

Tattoo Artist TATIANA KARTOMTEN
Illustrator MARIA HERREROS

DJ HANNAH FAITH
Artist REBECCA LARSSON
Indonesian blogger ROSALINDA TIJOE
Fashion blogger CLARISSA HENRY
Instagram twins ELISABETH & VICTORIA LEJONHJÄRTA

 

 

 

All images are by Francesca Allen

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FOUR STUNNING PHOTO STORIES

Meanwhile I try to make sense of putting my North American trip into posts, I thought I’d share some photo series I’ve stumbled upon.

Visual expression has lately felt so tempting to me. Maybe a little because I’m feeling lost and want to try and capture and make sense of my surroundings. Here are my four favourite ones: Photographer Nirrimi Firebrace who runs the breathtaking blog the Road is Home has started a new series called Young Love part I and part II that I found stunning. b73 b116 Lovisa has taken my breath away lately with her photography work in order to apply to a BA in photography. I especially like the post she did on her little sister Teresa that is just mesmerising. Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 22.56.53Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 22.57.14 Alldayeveryday’s feature on the women only strip club Jewel’s Catch One in Los Angeles. Just felt so liberating with a place to go and dance and feel sassy and not having to worry about men. Sidi_Omar_24hrs_01 Sidi_Omar_24hrs_02 Sidi_Omar_24hrs_14 I stumbled upon the parisian photographer Sidi-Omar Alami who ran away at 20 to pursue his dream as a travelling photographer. I’ve been scrolling through his tumblr for hours now and especially like his snaps from his roadtrip through 20 of the states in USA.

Stumbling upon photographers just makes me want to go out and shoot, even though writing is more my thing. Which photographers/photo series have you liked lately?

 

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BABE OF THE MONTH // INTERVIEW WITH DJ HANNAH FAITH

Babe of the Month is a monthly blog series created by me to promote inspiring women online.Interview with Hannah Faith Dj Selector Soulection

This month I’ve managed to grab the talented Hannah Faith, a 21 year old selector from London who creates insanely soulful mixes and divine imagery. I first came in contact with her when studying at London College of Communication in 2013 and since big things has happened to her. She is signed to the LA based label Soulection and has in just over a year received over 1 million plays on Soundcloud. There is an aura surrounding Faith that shines through in all her work. On her twitter and instagram you can find her interacting with and encouraging fans all over the world and it is impossible not to fall for her.

We had a late night email chat about working with women, and her philosophy ‘Create to Inspire’, and yes it was wicked.

Hello babe, thanks for taking time to chat with me! How has your day been?
My absolute pleasure!! My day has been beautiful, spent my Sunday with my Mother which is always precious to me as I don’t get to see her much.

You are a dear friend and a huge inspiration both in creation and attitude. For those who don’t know you can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am an Artist, Love Child, DJ – Selector, in love with all things art. I love to travel and touch the heart of others through my craft. Peace to the world.

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I’ve actually worked with you myself, even though it was during uni times which none of us enjoyed. But even back then it was inevitable to not noticed your glow and spirit. What have been the biggest learnings since?
Ha! Yeah it was a beautiful feeling when Soulection reached out and it’s been nothing but love since knowing them. They truly believe in my potential and although not officially signed to them I still feel a huge connection to them as family. This industry is very cut throat so you have to learn to differentiate those who care about the art to those who just want to make money from it. I have learned so much about myself and how important it is to always remember why you started.

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What project are you most proud of?
A recent project I worked on was a mix of mine titled ‘IN BLOOM’. Alongside most of my mixes, they are carefully selected with melodies that reflect my thought process at the time. The journey of selecting is so important to me and I want every listener who presses play to feel what i felt.

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Apart from crafting sick mixes adored by thousands you also have a big following in regards to your photography. What do you want to communicate with your work?
Love & Grow. We learn something new everyday, some are aware, some are not. Either way knowledge is infinite. In order to grow spiritually we must nourish our minds. Unity is important to me as without unity and love the world couldn’t possibly become a better place. We have to work with each other and empower one another in order to rise. Most of my images incorporate some sort of Nature, as to me Nature is beauty. Nature is God’s creation, nature is earth no matter how much you build concrete jungles. The trees, flowers and leaves will always grow through it.

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You seem very spiritual. What part does that play in your life and in your work?
It helps me a lot. I feel there is a higher God who is watching over me and I feel ever so thankful. I’m blessed to have the right people with me constantly supporting and giving me words of encouragement. I’ve learnt to live life with no regrets and have faith in my abilities. Over the past two years I’ve really been focusing on myself and learning how to maintain a positive mindset. With that mindset I truly believe you attract the right things into your life. It can be so hard sometimes when things aren’t turning out how you expected, but there’s definitely a time and place for everything so I have to remind myself that patience is key.

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We got to follow you on your trip to the states earlier this year, where you played some shows and captured incredible moments with your camera. Can you tell us a bit about what impact did that trip had on you?
What really affected me was the connections felt amongst ourselves and the people we met. There was always a positive spirit surrounding us and it was overwhelming, but also very beautiful.

Whenever I travel, my number one purpose is to connect with others. I love meeting new people and discovering about their life, what they’ve been through and what they’ve learnt through the years. I feel time and space make us who we are as humans. We live in a world now where people just want to take take take without getting to know their sources. History makes up our world to date and I feel it’s important that everyone learns this. You can gain so much from another person if you just listen to what they’re are saying.

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I feel like in this past year there has been a huge upswing in women claiming space and also being respected for their craft. I know you surround yourself and collaborate with a whole bunch of creative and inspiring chicks, all promoting and supporting each other. What do you like with collaborating with women?
Working with women is beautiful. I feel we all share the same vision and we live in a world now where social gender status is shifting. Women should never have a specific role in life. We are all human beings, we are all equal if we share a passion for something we should pursue it.

There are no rules on this earth – we are human, we are free. I’m not a feminist but I do believe in equality for ALL, so when I’m working with a group of women there’s such a strong energy amongst us. It’s empowering and it teaches other girls to pursue their dreams. Thats all I can be grateful for.

You mentioned in the interview you did with Cozy Mag that you felt very lost before you found your purpose in life, which was music. What would you say to girls going through the same thing now?
If it doesn’t feel right, do not pursue it. Keep experimenting and the right thing will naturally come to you. We’re constantly learning so much about ourselves. Read more, explore more and do not subject yourself to something if it doesn’t feel right for you.

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What’s your favourite thing about growing up in the age of Internet?
Wow, I have met a lot of great people from the internet. The internet is a tool – if you use it correctly, so much can manifest from it. You have to filter out the negative things and follow the right profiles, blogs and look at websites that will inspire you. It’s just important to filter out the good from the bad when it comes to the internet. I use Instagram a lot as a source of inspiration ans follow a lot of great accounts that visually look amazing and make me want to step my game up.

Ok, now you get to dream. If you could pick anybody in this world to collaborate with. Who would it be and what would you do together?
Erykah Badu for sure, she’s such an inspiring woman. I’d definitely love to do some sort of collaborative project that incorporates photography and music. I’m hoping one day we could bump into each other real random like South Africa, where we could share our stories and from there, bounce ideas. I feel we’re on the same vibe.

This feature is about highlighting inspirational women so I’d like to know who’s your biggest girl crush and person that you look up to
A female I definitely look up to is Solange Knowles, in all honesty I don’t think I would’ve pursued music if it wasn’t for her. The day I meet her, I’ll have a lot to say but also a huge thank you for having an impact on my life.

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What projects are you excited for in 2015?
So much! I’m scrambling ideas for a visual mix I have in mind, that hopefully will be done by September at the latest. The girls and I are working on a project with VSCO at the moment for InBloom which is our collective of females, again highlighting growth and empowerment. It’s going to be a busy summer but I’m so sure everything will come into fruition.

 

Create to Inspire and let love rule,
Peace.

Hannah Faith

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Also see interviews with previous babes:

Artist Rebecca Larsson (Dear Pravda)

Indonesian lifestyle blogger Rosalinda Tjioe (Nine in the Afternoon)

the goddess fashion blogger Clarissa Henry (Vintage Doll Risa) 

Instagram twins Elisabeth & Victoria Lejonhjärta (@Lejonhjerta)

 

All images are from Hannah Faith’s instagram

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