Editorial / Cherry
We talk to London based part-time photographer Bree Hart about her vibrant 1960s fashion inspired editorial Cherry, captured in South Kensington. We discuss Bree’s developing original style and her passion for immoralising a moment in time through her photographic practice.
Where are you based?
London, United Kingdom.
Tell us about yourself.
I grew up in a relatively small beach town just north of Sydney, Australia. Growing up, I've always practiced everything creative that I possibly could. I loved drawing, painting, photography, singing, and learning any instrument I could. I love cooking and I love eating. As a teenager I would spend every single cent of my money seeing all my favourite bands, and live music will always be one of my favourite ways to spend my evenings. I also have an unhealthy obsession with anything related to The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit.
Did you study photography or a related course?
I have no real formal education in photography. I always knew I wanted to be a photographer, but for whatever reason, I chose not to study it when I left high school. I studied Animation and Media in Australia, but creatively, I never felt fully satisfied with what I was doing. I made the decision to pursue photography full-time and move to London. Through my studies, I was introduced to Photoshop but I learned most of what I know by just teaching myself through practicing on my own work.
Tell us about your work.
I began by working with musicians, both at live shows and taking press shots for friends' bands. I've always just loved photographing people, so naturally over time I transitioned into fashion and portraiture. It has allowed me to be more creative and work with some amazing talents in the industry. I wouldn't say I have a definitive style yet, as I'm still learning and growing so much as a photographer - I still have a long way to go. In general, I love flooding my photographs with light and a lot of people recognise my work as being defined by that characteristic. At the moment, I'm shooting up to 4 days a week, but it is not yet a full-time profession. Hopefully within the next few years I can call this my full-time job!
What do you love about photography?
What I love about photography is the ability to immortalise a moment, that otherwise would have gone unseen. The way you can show something the way you see it, which 90% of the time is different to how anyone else see's it. I love the immediate satisfaction it gives me. I can change one setting on my camera and get a photograph that’s entirely different to the last, even if the subject matter hasn't changed.
Which photographers inspire your practice?
I know I'm not ‘supposed’ to list current photographers, but truthfully I think there are so many amazing artists out there that I think it's silly to only say I'm inspired by Richard Avedon. I'm inspired every day when I scroll through my Instagram feed or a look through my favourite fashion magazines. My favourite fashion photographer has always been Lara Jade, and I think that's reflected quite a lot in my aesthetic. Ryan Muirhead is another practitioner that I find constantly inspiring, and Ryan McGinley was a huge influence on my work with musicians in high school. I could gush over Steve McCurry's work for hours and hours and still never see enough. I'd say those four would be the photographers that inspire me the most.
Tell us about the featured editorial, Cherry.
The shoot is inspired by 1960s fashion. Cherry was a term used in the 1960's to describe something pure and clean and beautiful, and I think we look back on the women and fashion of that era in that way a lot. This editorial was shot in South Kensington in London, which is such a beautiful and inspiring part of the city!
PHOTOGRAPHY / Bree Hart
MODEL / Erica Fletcher
FASHION STYLIST / Alisha Wheeler
MUA / Lillie Russo