UK-based photographer Nicolette Clara Iles embraces all the soft nuances and aesthetics of film photography. She has worked with The Guardian, NME and Oh Comley Magazine, among others. Her new series of surreal images, created with the Petzval 85 Lens and LomoChrome Purple and LomoChrome Turquoise film, are mystic tales helmed by otherworldly characters, shedding an almost eerie light into the imagination and creativity of the artist.
Learn more about the artist and her work in this exclusive interview.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m a young female photographer, I love using film and capturing moments, real or the unreal.
Your photos have a real sense of fantasy about them, where does this inspiration come from?
I like fantasy stories like those of the Brothers Grimm and old folklore tales; I suppose some of it comes from that. I’ve always come up with little fantasies in my mind so photography is just a way of letting that out.
What do you love about film photography?
Film photography allows me to put my ideas from my mind into the camera. There is always an element of not knowing what you’re going to get with film, yet at the same time, it adds what you need to acquire in what you originally dreamt the image being like. Because of the medium it is and how its used, film is a fine line between the ultra-real, truth, and a completely made up story.
How was your experience shooting with the Petzval lens using Turquoise and Purple film?
I really liked using the Petzval and LomoChrome Purple/LomoChrome Turquoise films together! They created a nice harmony and put me slightly out of my comfort zone but in a good way. I’d like to use them both again.
What piece of advice would you give to someone who wants to become a professional photographer?
Have strength, be confident in your ideas, make work, show work, and create as much as you can.