Sweet Like Candy

Alexandria Spencer Foot is a photographer based out of Brooklyn hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area. Alex started shooting at 15 after being inspired by the work of Linda McCartney’s Sixties: Portrait of An Era at a local art gallery.

How did your shoot with Kelsey go?

I guess you could say Kelsey has always been my muse. She was the first person to shoot with me and now whenever I want to test out an idea she’s my go to. I came up with the concept for this shoot when I was looking at some vintage sportswear pieces that I had from the 70’s. It worked out that Kelsey had a sweatshirt that tied in perfectly with the look. We went to this super rad candy shop the day before and in order to get Kelsey fired up about the shoot I decided to use what we had bought as a prop. If there’s one thing I know about Kelsey it’s her love for sweats. We had a lot of fun and at one point we had so many people in our tiny studio that we could hardly move. It made it better because those looks of surprise and hints of smiles were all genuine.

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

Yeah absolutely, this is a conversation I have all the time with not only my boyfriend but also my friends. When I photograph women I really try to present them in the most honest and powerful way that I can. I find this especially if I am shooting a woman nude or topless. Also, in my opinion the nudity can’t be the only thing holding the image together. If all a photo has going for it is tits and ass than I feel like I’m no better than a DWC. There’s already enough of that out there and I would much rather build women up and show them as powerful and strong.

What inspires you?

My friends, beautiful light, and something designed so beautifully it begs to be photographed. The world is incredibly inspiring, all you have to do is open your eyes to it.

How would you define beauty?

Define beauty? I don’t know if you can, at least not when it comes to a person. I feel like it’s far too subjective. I modelled for years and that narrow idea of who or what is beautiful is so bull. Now if you’re asking me what I find beautiful in photographs, for me it’s when you can capture the strength and power that comes from a person’s soul. Really see the light in their eyes, not just an artificial shell.

Film or digital?

I will always prefer shooting film, my Pentax is one of my favourite things in life. However I am learning to love Digital. It’s a necessary evil. But let’s be real, there is just nothing like the look of film.

What makes you happy?

I love to explore and go on adventures. My camera is my favourite sidekick.

What’s next for you?

Keep shooting. Less time at my 9-5 and more time creating. Honestly I really don’t know what’s around the corner. Does anybody? Trying to see 1 year, 2 years down the line is nice and all but you never know what tomorrow can bring. At this point I just want to keep moving forward as a photographer and perfecting my craft.