EXCLUSIVE: Our Interview with Vanesa Capitaine

Photos courtesy of Vanessa Capitaine This lady loves Chai tea, grew up by the beach in Mexico, remains shy to her nature and prefers to be...

Photos courtesy of Vanessa Capitaine

This lady loves Chai tea, grew up by the beach in Mexico, remains shy to her nature and prefers to be behind the camera. She told us about how she would one day wanna find her photography shoots published on Vogue.

Hi! Tell us a bit about yourself.
I grow up in Rosarito Beach, Baja Mexico, a place that is best known for the Titanic movie production, Rosarito is 15 minutes away from Tijuana and the San Diego border. It is a very quiet town, so I love to live there. For most of my life, the beach has been my backyard. I guess the beach is a big part of my life. I love to drink Chai cafe, watch movies and haunt for chaotic locations for my photos. I loved photography since I was a little girl. I had my first camera at 12, even though I didn't knew I wanted to be a photographer, I used to make my friends pose for me. I'm really shy and I hated it when they took photos of me as it made me feel so uncomfortable. I remember that during gallery exhibitions I was forced to speak for the press but I choked, I was so embarrassed. I was born to take photos, I can't imagine myself doing something else. I hope one day I could open a Vogue magazine and see one of my pictures there.

When did you discover your passion for photography?
I'm the youngest of 3 sisters, I grow up reading their fashion magazines, I guess that was my biggest influence. One day my sister created a collage of fashion magazines in her bedroom ceiling; my mom got very upset but those images had an impact on me. They were beautiful, glamorous images from the 80's, as unique as the Helmut Newton work.

Where do you get your ideas and inspirations from?
Many things inspired me, from the obvious fashion magazines to art and fashion, but specifically my favourite photographers like William Eggleston, Steven Meisel and the vibe of the paintings of the Pre-Raphaelite woman....even driving on the road inspired me. I love dirty and chaotic places or with vintage looks. They bring a special mood and tone to the images. Sometimes I look for models on Facebook or on the streets. I might say I love nostalgic faces, but my biggest inspiration is indie music. I love to listen to music all the time.

What are your favourite subject to work with?
Lately the underground culture of the 90's, its fashion and music were brilliant topics to recreate. I look for abandoned places, demolished buildings and nature, especially the sea. I love the nostalgic vibes of those places.

What do you have to tell from your photos?
I love to explore all kind of emotions, I look for the vulnerability of my models, most of the time I don't work with professional models so I don't like to put them as something else, I guess that's what balances the coldness of a straight fashion shoot. Don't get me wrong, I just like to make my shoot as natural as possible. I don't think all my images are specifically fashion images, but I try to make them explore themselves through my pictures with no inhibitions. I like to create atmospheres where people can use their imagination, so they can ask themselves what this girl is thinking? But I'm still exploring.

Which of your projects are you most proud of? What can we expect in the future?
I love a project that I did 2 years ago, about this twin girls, called She, I, and vice versa. I think it was very cute, very honest, you can't fake the children spirit, plus I love the location, one of the most beautiful dunes in Baja. I hope I can explore cinematic through my pictures, another one of my influences. I just made a short film and that is something I will love to keep doing.

If you could only work with one colour, which one would it be and why?
Wow! That’s a hard question I guess beige, because that is a neutral colour, classy and warm at the same time.

what would you do if you win a million dollars?
I might travel, I guess all artists have to travel a lot. Plus I will buy an apartment close to the beach and some new equipments, but most of all I will buy a house with a big garden for my mom.

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  1. Super buena entrevista y me encantaron las fotografías! Felicidades Vane!


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