Desire for Nothing at All
Olivia North is a total creative force, openly celebrating freedom of expression and beyond. Born and raised in California, she grew up constantly dancing, acting and creating through any means possible. Currently based out of San Diego, she is now a full-time model and photographer, directing both her own visions as well as content for others. All of her art stems from the rejection of the conservative and leads to a celebration of the body, sex, life and expression.
How did the idea for the series come about?
I had photographed Rebby once before, in a huge meadow on a very bright morning. I wanted our next shoot to be very different than that, and I was craving a nostalgic session. She told me her home in Portland was old, cute and dusty with great lighting so I drove over with my constant assortment of cameras and filters. I was drawn to the warm, pale colors of the setting and the day. The greens, pinks, yellows, blues remind me to take the day easier than we are supposed to.
Can we photograph the female body in a more powerful way?
There are many artists who are photographing the female body in amazingly different and powerful ways and these are the ones that inspire my own art. In my experience, they have all been female. To me, it’s not about being more powerful, it’s about acknowledging the power of everyone’s own experience and expression. Some of my inspiration comes from: Petra Collins, Annie Leibovitz, Ellen Von Unwerth, Prue Stent, Charis Kirchheimer, Carlota Guerrera, Martina Matencio, Lula Hyers, Nora Lowinsky, Kate Sweeney and so many more.
How would you define beauty?
That which moves the body, mind, soul. Beauty is the avenue through which I live my life.
What inspires you and what makes you happy?
These are two different things or me, but some overlap and major themes are: dance and movement, the ocean, the sunset over the ocean, Joshua Tree, nature in general, weed, strong emotional connections/relationships, experiencing any kind of art
Film or digital?
Both. I started with film so it has my heart, but my mind is currently wrapped around my new digital camera.
Lastly, what’s next for you?
The infinite world of possibilities. Some stops along the way are a podcast series with my best friend and co-creator Chula Vet, a photography book with my close friend and mentor Charis Kirchheimer (photos of me by her), and deepening my photography techniques by playing with bigger ideas.