Roya

alexa viscius

Alexa Viscius lives, photographs, designs, eats, and plays music in Chicago. She shoots mostly on 35mm film. She does graphic design at a small three person design studio called, Normal. She plays bass in a band called Bunny with her best friends (& a twin sister).

 

How did you come up with the idea for this shoot?

 

I partnered with Mina Alyeshmerni who is the woman behind Maimoun, a thoughtfully curated online store for this shoot. Roya, the model, is wearing pieces from the spring/summer 2017 collection. We originally planned to shoot outside, but it was a rainy, cold day. We decided to shoot inside an apartment. It ended up working beautifully. It was monotone, dreamy, and really intimate.

 

Why did you choose to work with Roya and how did it go?

 

Mina found Roya online, they had an instant connection because they were both Persian. I think we were both drawn to her eyebrows at first! She has such strong yet feminine features that were really delightful to capture. Working with her was a lot of fun, she had a great sense of humor so the set was really relaxed, which comes through I think in the ease of her poses. Mina rented a smoke machine and we listened to Astrud Gilberto and played with the clothing and light, it was really lovely.

 

What made you start taking photos?

 

I distinctly remember taking a photo of a friend when we were about 9 years old on a disposable camera. She was leaning up against a tree looking sad and I asked her to stay there so I could take her photo, ever since then I’ve been trying to capture the world around me.

 

Are there any changes in the way you approach things in life since you’ve started taking photographs?

 

I always have a camera on me. Even if that camera is my phone, but I’m never not taking photos. At times it can make me appear less present if I’m focused on capturing something, but I would argue the opposite.

 

What’s next for you?

 

I have a few shoots lined up with other Chicago bands, which are always fun … music and photography … my two great loves. I’m also embarking on a few music video projects. But the one I’m most excited about is quickly approaching, I’m going to Paris to be part of the team that will be shooting the Pitchfork Music Festival at the beginning of November. My sister and I are both going and we are tacking on a vacation to the trip, with a stop in Amsterdam and hopefully a day trip to the photogenic Versailles.

photography: alexa viscius

model: roya zangoui

clothing: maimoun