To describe the work of our featured artist simply as “vintage” and “dream-like” is to totally overlook the indescribable charm and personality that each of her photographs embodies. Hazy sunlit scenes blend softly with strikingly bold and beautifully styled female characters. Seemingly torn from the pages of a long lost photo album, her images are a sincere love letter to an era long gone.
Based in San Francisco and working under the alias Honeyuck, Hana Haley consistently amazes with her unique style of fashion photography.
We were lucky to catch up with her recently, and here she tells us a little about her inspirations and what her images are trying to convey:
“I’m mainly inspired by my own emotions and whatever mishaps or adventures I am dealing with in the moment. I am also heavily fuelled by music, old movies, vintage clothing, and new wave actresses.”
“I guess the biggest message I try to convey through any image is a sense of story and emotional reliability. I can’t stand overtly faked or staged images and I stay alert to avoid it.”
When asked why she decided to shoot film, she shares with us an interesting and amusing story:
“It’s quite silly but it was because of a male photographer I met on the internet when I was 18. I had a bit of a crush on him and wanted to impress him by shooting film instead of digital! I’m thankful for that teen girl strategy and where it’s led me 6 years later.”
And when asked to share a favorite memory whilst shooting film, she recalls:
“On the first paid shoot I ever did we were (very unoriginally) lighting smoke bombs in a famous alley way in SF’s Chinatown. A tourist must have been concerned and called the police thinking there was a fire, and when the fire trucks arrived and discovered two models dressed in vintage swimsuits they seemed more amused than annoyed and let us take photos on the back of their fire truck. The photos are ridiculously staged so I would never care about them now, but it was a good and silly moment.”
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