Baby n‘ Blue

Evangeline Davis is a young photographer, currently based in Wellington, New Zealand. Her work explores the beauty in the mundane, the ordinary and the overlooked. Within her practice of photography Evangeline is deeply influenced by the female form and nostalgia, adding whimsy and empathy to her subjects by layering her own fantasies on to the images created.

How did your shoot with Emily go?

Emily is one of my dear friends, so I cherish shooting with her. We’ve stayed connected through these little photoshoots and in many ways it has made us closer. Because we are friends our shoots are very relaxed and often experimental.

Can we photograph the female body differently in a more powerful way?

Oh totally! Today we all have access to cameras and technology – I think this is really empowering as the standards of body image and beauty are being represented more and more by society. Which is exciting.

What inspires you?

A lot of things: isolated suburban areas, color co-ordination, sunsets, bare skin, glitter, nostalgia, vintage clothing, everything from the 70’s 80’s & 90’s, friendships & relationships, golden light, the female form, many photographers and creatives, I have a constant need to create and grow – which can sometimes be painful.

How would you define beauty?

I don’t think I can. Being able to open up to someone and let him or her into your world, being both expressive and passionate is very beautiful and to be able to feel everything so deeply, yet to still aspire and to grow is again very beautiful.

Film or digital?

Both. But right now I’m all about 35mm film! I like the atmosphere it creates and the way it captures color and light.

What makes you happy?

Oh god. A lot of things make me happy. I think taking photos is what makes me the happiest; it’s a really remarkable way to meet individuals and learn from one another. But I also get upset about a lot of things – climate change, consumer culture and even small things like the price of tampons. So creating keeps me balanced.

What’s next for you?

I’m currently in my final year at university, majoring in photography – so it’s like tunnel vision until I graduate. But I hope to travel and produce photo books.