Alice Zoo is a very talented photographer, an analogue lover for sure, and definitely a true Whattaroll Hero of the Week. In this feature, she takes us to a magical journey from Iceland to India, with a short stop at the Appleby Horse Fair. Pack your stuff and come along with us!
Please tell us a little about yourself, where you are from, and what you do.
I’m a photographer currently living in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
How would you personally describe your style of photography? What message/s do you try to convey through your images?
I consider myself mainly a documentary photographer. With my images I’d like to convey something about the comic, the lovable, the sad in people, and the structures we build to distract or protect ourselves.
Which elements of shooting film are you drawn to the most?
I enjoy the precision film requires: arranging everything in the camera and having to be completely focused. That said, I also love the accidents and unpredictability of film.
What would you say is your greatest inspiration?
Name someone whose art makes you shiver.
If you had to choose a camera + film to shoot with for the rest of your life, which combo would it be and why?
I’d choose a Mamiya 7ii with Kodak Portra – I like the 6×7 format, the ease of using the Mamiya, and the Portra’s warmth.
Do you remember the photo you took that made you feel proud for the first time? Can you share it with us?
The photo of two men with huge sacks of glittery fabric in India six years ago. It was the first time I made a portrait of someone I didn’t know, and I still love the image to this day.
If you could time travel to the past and be the assistant of a great photographer, who would it be?
Julia Margaret Cameron.
Can you share the weirdest situation you’ve faced being a film photographer?
I spent many rainy December days by myself at a Christmas fair for my project ‘Be Happy or Leave’ and that felt quite weird by the end.
f you had to choose a movie that defines you both, personally and aesthetically, which one would it be?
At Whattaroll, we believe that inspiration can come from many different sides. Can you write down and share with us a paragraph from the book you’re reading at the moment?
“There is no life in thee, now, except that rocking life imparted by a gently rolling ship; by her, borrowed from the sea; by the sea, from the inscrutable tides of God. But while this sleep, this dream is on ye, move your foot or hand an inch, slip your hold at all; and your identity comes back in horror. Over Descartian vortices you hover. And perhaps, at mid-day, in the fairest weather, with one half-throttled shriek you drop through that transparent air into the summer sea, no more to rise for ever. Heed it well, ye Pantheists!”
Describe your shooting routine.
Depends on the day and the shoot!
Speaking of portraits, who’s the face you’d love to photograph but haven’t had the chance to have in front of your camera yet?
Who do you think we should feature in the next Hero of the Week section?
Clementine Schneidermann and Juno Calypso are both making work that I love.
See more of Alice’s work in the links below: