Self-taught photographer Bex Day has already shot for Vice, Garage, Noisey, Dazed and Confused, American Apparel, and countless other notable publications and companies. The 23-year-old sees herself as more of a portrait and documentary photographer than a fashion photographer. This is apparent when learning that most of her subjects have been street-casted. Day only photographs people she is drawn to via an emotional connection and shoots exclusively in film. The London-based photographer cherishes the end product of her photography the most as there is intense planning during the process of shooting with film due to its limited visibility as compared to digital cameras. She revels in the reactions and interactions her photography sparks with people at its final stage.
Day’s work explores the beauty of the unrefined and exposes the vulnerabilities of human emotions and form through the vulnerabilities accompanying film photography. There is no mundane that is brought to light or portrayed as exciting through Day’s use of everyday people in her photographs. Rather, these everyday people that Day, herself, has felt powerfully linked to, leave the viewer with such open access to a parallel connection that is simultaneously unsettling and mesmerizing.
Text by Perwana Nazif
Images courtesy of Bex Day