This month we ask some questions to the Irish women photographer Alex Hutchinson, a film and digital photographer making great portraits and nude photographs.
Up-her: Hi Alex, can you introduce yourself and your work with some words?
My Name is Alex Hutchinson, I’m 29 from Dublin Ireland. I’m a portrait and fashion photographer. I originally studied computer programming, but decided I wanted to do something more creative so I left this behind to train in photography. I've been working as a photographer for just over two years now and couldn't be more passionate about what I do. It's the best decision I ever made.
Up-her: How would you describe your photographic work? Can you illustrate it with photos?
I don’t know how to describe my work really but people say I have a very distinct style. I suppose if I had to put a label on it then my work is an attempt at representing real life without using too many lights or photoshop.
Up-her: you mainly publish women photographs, are you interested in others kind of subjects?
Originally I wanted to be a war photographer but people kept telling me it was too dangerous, so I stayed in Dublin and gradually fell into portrait/ fashion photography. I still shoot small documentary projects but they are in my private collection.
Up-her: We'd love to see that one day, when you started shooting portrait and specifically female what was the main difficulty?
The main difficulty I had when I first started shooting portraits was getting people to tone down the poses and behave more naturally in front of the camera. I prefer photographs where the model looks natural and slightly withdrawn.
Up-her: Can you define what "beauty" means for you?
For me beauty is found in the imperfections that people have. It does help to have great eyes and nice hair though!
Up-her: We can see a large part of your work is made with film camera, why do you choose this material, are you missing something with ditials cameras ?
I choose to shoot a lot of my work on film because I find the results are much nicer and more raw. When I shoot on digital I always feel pressured to edit the images too much.
Up-Her: When do you choose a photograph will be a color or black and white photograph?
If im shooting on film then I would have one camera loaded with black and white film and the other with colour, but it all depends on the type of shoot - sometimes I know before we even start that it will be black and white.
Up-Her: Where do you get inspiration from?
I find most of my inspiration on TUMBLR, fucknfilthy.com, TREATS Magazine, i-D Magazine, LOVE Magazine and C-Heads Magazine.
My main photography idols would be Ryan McGinley, Hannes Caspar and Stefan Beutler.
Up-Her: What is your most bizarre, weird, horrible, funniest, scariest or touching story from a photo shoot?
Afraid that nothing bizarre has ever happened on any shoots, apart from a couple of scary moments shooting on a rooftop!
Up-Her: A photo to show us from this shoot ?
Up-Her: Can you pick one of your photo you especially like and explain us why ? A story behind ? Difficulties you had to face to ?
I think this image is the one most special to me because it was one of my first ever shoots. I was still trying to figure out what type of photographer I wanted to be and once the shutter clicked I knew that portraiture was what I needed to do.
Up-Her: You have many socials accounts on the web, facebook, Twitter, instagram... How do use them to manage your presence? Does it helps you with sells or work ?
Facebook would be my main forum for keeping people up to date with the shoots I'm doing from week to week. Instagram is just for fun and twitter is for talking absolute crap.
Up-her: Is there any beauty/fashion/portrait photographers you particularly love and think we should give exposure to on Up-her
To be honest the great photographers I like are already up on your website. I would use the site for inspiration for certain shoots aswell.
Up-Her: Thanks a lot! Anything you want to add?
There was one quote that always stuck with me and keeps me inspired to do what I do. “My photographs are a celebration of life, fun and the beautiful. They are a world that doesn't exist. A fantasy. Freedom is real. There are no rules. The life I wish I was living.“ – Ryan McGinley