EMMA HOLLEY – {EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW/PHOTOGRAPHY}

(Photography by Emma Holley – Interview by Allen Henson)

What really makes a great photographer? Proper alignment of the stars, assisting so and so, the painstaking disciplines, perhaps pay to play? My inclination leans more toward the gut and the eye. Even in the era of market saturation, there are those who rise above; that cliché separation of the wheat from the chaff. Emma is without a doubt the wheat.
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Where are you from?

Los Angeles

How did you get started?

I started modeling when I was 15 but I never enjoyed it. I’ve always had a passion for photography, so modeling was a great window into the industry. I was able to make connections and meet a bunch of great photographers, which eventually led to me getting a photography internship at 17.  I then left modeling and switched to home schooling so I could focus on photography.

 

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How would you describe your own work?

Fashion/ lifestyle.

What/who inspires you?

I go through fazes of being inspired by different things. I get bored really easily, so my style and inspirations are always changing.  One of my main inspirations is traveling. Seeing other parts of the world and how people live can open your mind in ways no magazine or book ever can!

Does your work involve nudity?

Yes

How do you feel about nudity?

It’s a beautiful, natural thing and I believe it can be over sexualized and turned into something negative. However if you look at it how it is, the human anatomy, it really is beautiful. No one will ever be more in their natural state than when they’re naked!

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As a photographer, is traveling important to your work?

Yes.

Where’s your favorite location to shoot at?

Anywhere with beautiful Spanish architecture.

What advice would you give to other young artists trying to make it?

Celebrate your failures! You’re going to have at least 30 fails for every win, so don’t ever get discouraged.

Who/what is your spirit animal?

A sloth.

 

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