“My work is very selfish. I originally began taking self-portraits only for myself and was reluctant to even show them to people because they are so personal.” We can only be grateful that Paris-based photographer Kimbra Audrey changed her mind. Once private, now public, the intimate quality lingers in the images she creates. Honest, naked, often melancholy, her works give new meaning to the word muse.
“I try to document and immortalise my memories and emotions through my self-portraiture.”
“I was really drawn to every part of film, being able to take a photo, then develop and print the image, to watch this object come to life, the entire process is cathartic to me.”
A film photographer since her teenage years spent in the U.S.A. – “I studied black and white film photography in high school and instantly fell in love with the medium” – Audrey turned to self-portraiture more recently while working full-time as a model: a means of self discovery and expression.
“I modelled for nearly a decade and became severely depressed while modelling,” she tells. “I turned the camera on myself as a way to create images of how I actually saw myself.”
“Shooting only on film, and never retouching the images, I wanted to create honest images.”
While Audrey’s creative therapy began as a solo exercise, she has come to find solace in sharing it with others. “If someone can feel something from seeing my work I feel satisfied,” she explains. It’s a process that has led to collaborations with likeminded creatives, among them a series of self-portraits for handcrafted artisan clothing label All That Remains – inspired by its Woman collection.
“I shot the outdoor photos in the South of France at a horse and cattle ranch. I grew up horseback riding so it is always really special for me to be around horses,” says Audrey. “The other photos I took in my home studio in Paris.”
“I wanted to capture the feeling of a strong, confident and also gentle woman, which is how I felt while wearing the pieces.”
“I was completely alone with nature and the animals … which is how I prefer to shoot. My work is solitary and I thrive in isolation.”
Images courtesy of All That Remains.