Botanical Haze, Chloe Charnock.
Part of Issue 02 New Graduate Feature.
Carnival Magazine speaks to talented Huddersfield graduate Chloe Charnock about her fashion portfolio and her future plans for her photographic career. We met Chloe in July at D&AD New Blood, and we were blown away by her talent...
What university did you study at?
University of Huddersfield, BA (Hons) Photography
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Chloe, I’m 23 and a recent photography graduate from Huddersfield University. I grew up in Wigan, Lancashire with my parents and two sisters. Well, what do I say about myself! I am a collector of things, magazines, china teacups, cactus and crystals. My favourite film is Jurassic park and I love to drink tea!
What began your love for photography?
I had always been a creative person, studying art and textiles in school. It was the photography course that actually drew me to the college. I had always been curious about the camera and just loved snapping away. It came to the time to make your choice about what you wanted to study, and whilst speaking to a tutor, (at this point I wasn't sure whether to go for photography or fashion) - she asked me, "If you could either make an outfit or photograph it, what would you rather do?" and I immediately answered "photograph it"! From that moment it was clear, and I have never looked back!
Tell us about your photographic style.
My ideas and photographs are predominantly inspired by narrative, dreams and light. I love the aesthetic of film; the colour, the grain and those amazing tonal qualities it has. I always try to incorporate this vintage aesthetic to my work, the colouring of my images is my favourite part of my workflow and I feel it brings everything together.
What photographers inspire your practice?
There are so many amazing photographers out there, but my main inspirations are Tim Walker, Melissa Rodwell, William Eggleston, Lara Jade, Guy Bourdin and Ellen Von Unwerth. That said, its not just photographers that inspire me. It's old family and holiday photographs, they are just amazing!
Tell us about this featured editorial, Botanical Haze.
Vintage fabrics and patterns have always inspired me. When I thought about incorporating these styles of fabrics as backgrounds, I knew instantly it would really work well with some contemporary styling. 'Botanical Haze' captures florals, clashing patterns, vintage fabrics and flower crowns. This is one of my favourite shoots to date. I worked with a great team, Anna at J'adore and MUA Lauren Brocklehurst. We used some pieces from a flower crown designer Emily Elisabeth's. We shot this editorial in the studio; I really wanted to control the light and wanted really clean lighting whilst everything else was so busy.
Tell us about your featured editorial, All That Glitters. [View]
'All That Glitters' is a collaboration with make-up artist Laura Howley. Lots of glitter and gloss were used to create the look, striving to achieve some really close up beauty shots in the studio. I had never worked so close up before, so it was quite a strange experience but so much fun! Towards the end of the shoot we decided to go a little crazy, spraying water all over her and having her smearing the glitter over her face. These unintentional actions and spontaneous decisions really pushed the shoot and we ended up with some really great shots. Initially these images were going to be colour, but the black and white manipulation really worked and gave them a new dynamic - they instantly became sultry, dark and moody.
Tell us about your featured editorial, Sasha. [View]
This shoot was a test shoot in the studio with Model Sasha from Nemesis, and MUA Chloe Elizabeth. The idea for the shoot stemmed from my choice of background colours, I had recently bought some new paper background rolls in lilac and leaf green so I wanted to give them a go. I styled the shoot myself, sourcing some garments that I felt would compliment the backgrounds. I was inspired by her age; with her being young I wanted the overall feel of the shoot to be quite fresh, but cute and relaxed in terms of the styling and lighting.
What's next for your career, now that you've graduated?
Now that I have graduated, I really want to push my fashion work even further. Not having studio facilities is something I am going to really miss from university, but it will help me push my skills in terms of working with natural light, creating sets and working on location etc. The idea of not having control is something that is a little daunting but I'm really looking forward to planning more shoots and getting my work out there. Working with as many likeminded and creative individuals as possible.
If you could show one person your portfolio, who would it be and why?
Honestly, I would show my younger self. When I first started photography around 7 years ago I photographed people all the time, dressing up my sisters and putting them in the most unusual locations. I really loved fashion and beauty and the amazing shots in glossy magazines but I became too overwhelmed by it all and backed away from it when starting university – purely because I felt my work could never be that strong. I think if I had had to chance to see my current portfolio 4 years ago, I would have been amazed at what I could achieve and it would have pushed me to peruse it a lot earlier.
Has your work featured in any other publications?
I've had my work in a couple of online features but would really love to see my work in print! I have really pushed my fashion work over the last 18 months whilst on my gap year and final year, I wanted to build up my confidence and portfolio first. Publication is something I am really going to push now that I've finished my degree, it's an amazing platform to get your work seen.
What was the best moment of your time at university?
The best moment for me was making some really great friends! And of course the studio facilities were amazing! The studio is I something I am definitely going to miss. The friends I have forever!
Finally, where would you like to be in a year’s time? What is the dream?
In a years time I would love to be immersed in the fashion industry. Working with creatives and letting my work develop, creating work that pushes my limits and seeing my photography in magazines. I would like to think I can go and give London a go for at least 6 months but you just never know where the wind might blow you!
PHOTOGRAPHY Chloe Charnock
MUA / Lauren Brocklehurst
MODELS / Anna @J’adore
See more of Chloe's work in Carnival Magazine Issue 02 New Graduate Feature and on her portfolio website.