The Girl with the
Esther Faciane is a 21-year-old self taught photographer. Being from New Orleans, Esther’s main focuses are incorporating colour and New Orleans culture into her photography. She will soon be relocating to NYC where she will continue creating mood filled and conceptual portraits.
How did the idea for the series come about?
Well Elyssa and I have been wanting to shoot together for a long time but our schedules never allowed us to. She’s always travelling and I was busy with school and work. We finally got the chance a few weeks ago and that’s how the shoot was created.
How did your shoot with Elyssa go?
It went perfect. She is such a great model and basically doesn’t need any direction. I knew we would get along because when I walked into her apartment she was blasting Frank Ocean.
Can we photograph the female body differently in a more powerful way?
Yes. I believe it is up to this new wave of photographers to really bring the idea that a woman’s body isn’t just sexual. It’s beautiful because of all the different colours shapes and sizes and women are not just tits, ass, and a pretty face.
What inspires you?
I grab inspiration from everywhere really. Sometimes it’s from other photographs. Sometimes it’s from paintings. And sometimes it’s from me just walking and stumbling upon a specific colour or scene. As an artist I feel like there is no one source of inspiration.
How would you define beauty?
Beauty is something that I actually aim to redefine with my photos. It’s not just about a pretty face. It’s about confidence, intellect and one’s overall attitude. Someone could not fit the conventional standard of beauty but if their soul is pure they are the most beautiful being.
Film or digital?
I shoot both but if I had to choose I would pick film. Film allows the picture to have much more feeling than digital and I love the anticipation I get when I drop the film off and have to wait for it to be developed. I also taught myself photography with film so it is my first love.
What makes you happy?
Taking photos and being around people that inspire me. Also music and my dog lol.
What’s next for you?
I am actually moving to New York City in a few days. So that will be the beginning of my next chapter in life.