Monki × Chloe Sheppard

We’ve teamed up with Chloe Sheppard who is a young film photographer and visual artist based in London. Chloe created these beautiful photos for us and we couldn’t be more excited about the result.

We interviewed Chloe to learn more about her thoughts on photography, self-acceptance and her advice on breaking into the world of photography.

Hi Chloe! How would you describe your photography in your own words?
Soft and nostalgic. It’s a way for me to escape and to communicate.

How did you start getting into photography?
I’ve been taking pictures for as long as I can remember. When I was really young, I would just take photographs of my friends and I during our lunch breaks at school. It wasn’t until I was around 15/16 and found out about using film, that I started to try and organise actual set ‘shoots’ with people. The older I got the more I pursued it.

At 21 years old, you’ve achieved so much! What’s been your career highlight to date?
Ah that’s a tough one, but I think the most fun I’ve ever had because of my photography would have been when I got to travel around shows with Charli XCX. Music is my next biggest passion and I love that my job allows me to meet these musicians and experience situations I wouldn’t get to otherwise.

What advice would you give to young people trying to break into the world of photography?
To immerse themselves completely in it. When I was a young teenager and realised photography was what I really wanted to do, I would spend all my time on sites like Flickr and Tumblr looking for inspiration and taking photos whenever I had the chance. All the money I made from my part time job, I spent on film and developing. Then when I got to college, I spent all the time I could in the darkrooms there. Trying to break into the world of photography is tough, but if you have a genuine passion for it, and it becomes all that you live and breathe, then that will carry you.

Why do you think the female gaze and working with other girls is so important?
I feel like it’s important because the art that I feel most represented in has always been created by artists that identify as female. For a long time it was made obvious that we weren’t welcome in the industry or that our work wasn’t as valuable, so for it to be such a prominent part of society now is a sign of it changing. It’s important that we work together to make sure other women, who may not necessarily be otherwise, are heard.

Your self-portraits are beautiful. Why do you think so many of us struggle with self-acceptance?
Thank you. I mean there’s a whole load of reasons, and obviously it differs from person to person but I think social media does play a lot into it. It’s too easy to go on Instagram now and scroll past hundreds of photos of ‘perfect’ people and feel lesser about yourself, even though our Instagrams only really show a highlight reel of our lives. Also, advertising doesn’t help, we’re constantly being sold things that would make us more ‘appealing’, so these days it’s so easy to pinpoint flaws, but it’s why representational artwork is so important.

What inspires you and your work?
Photographs from decades ago, old music and films. Other film photographers who are around now and who shoot people that wouldn’t usually be shot in a positive light.

What are your plans for the future?
I don’t have much planned right now. I’m experimenting more with 8mm film, and I’d like to do more moving image stuff throughout the rest of the year. I’m hoping to shoot some more self-portrait series this year too.

Why do you love Monki?
There’s such cute pieces by Monki that I love, and I was so happy that for this shoot they let me cast my own models.

Thank you Chloe!

Check out more of Chloe’s work on her Instagram @eolhcsheppard

Monki × Chloe Sheppard

We’ve teamed up with Chloe Sheppard who is a young film photographer and visual artist based in London. Chloe created these beautiful photos for us and we couldn’t be more excited about the result.

We interviewed Chloe to learn more about her thoughts on photography, self-acceptance and her advice on breaking into the world of photography.

Hi Chloe! How would you describe your photography in your own words?
Soft and nostalgic. It’s a way for me to escape and to communicate.

How did you start getting into photography?
I’ve been taking pictures for as long as I can remember. When I was really young, I would just take photographs of my friends and I during our lunch breaks at school. It wasn’t until I was around 15/16 and found out about using film, that I started to try and organise actual set ‘shoots’ with people. The older I got the more I pursued it.

At 21 years old, you’ve achieved so much! What’s been your career highlight to date?
Ah that’s a tough one, but I think the most fun I’ve ever had because of my photography would have been when I got to travel around shows with Charli XCX. Music is my next biggest passion and I love that my job allows me to meet these musicians and experience situations I wouldn’t get to otherwise.

What advice would you give to young people trying to break into the world of photography?
To immerse themselves completely in it. When I was a young teenager and realised photography was what I really wanted to do, I would spend all my time on sites like Flickr and Tumblr looking for inspiration and taking photos whenever I had the chance. All the money I made from my part time job, I spent on film and developing. Then when I got to college, I spent all the time I could in the darkrooms there. Trying to break into the world of photography is tough, but if you have a genuine passion for it, and it becomes all that you live and breathe, then that will carry you.

Why do you think the female gaze and working with other girls is so important?
I feel like it’s important because the art that I feel most represented in has always been created by artists that identify as female. For a long time it was made obvious that we weren’t welcome in the industry or that our work wasn’t as valuable, so for it to be such a prominent part of society now is a sign of it changing. It’s important that we work together to make sure other women, who may not necessarily be otherwise, are heard.

Your self-portraits are beautiful. Why do you think so many of us struggle with self-acceptance?
Thank you. I mean there’s a whole load of reasons, and obviously it differs from person to person but I think social media does play a lot into it. It’s too easy to go on Instagram now and scroll past hundreds of photos of ‘perfect’ people and feel lesser about yourself, even though our Instagrams only really show a highlight reel of our lives. Also, advertising doesn’t help, we’re constantly being sold things that would make us more ‘appealing’, so these days it’s so easy to pinpoint flaws, but it’s why representational artwork is so important.

What inspires you and your work?
Photographs from decades ago, old music and films. Other film photographers who are around now and who shoot people that wouldn’t usually be shot in a positive light.

What are your plans for the future?
I don’t have much planned right now. I’m experimenting more with 8mm film, and I’d like to do more moving image stuff throughout the rest of the year. I’m hoping to shoot some more self-portrait series this year too.

Why do you love Monki?
There’s such cute pieces by Monki that I love, and I was so happy that for this shoot they let me cast my own models.

Thank you Chloe!

Check out more of Chloe’s work on her Instagram @eolhcsheppard