We often ask photographers to describe their work when we interview them. It has become kind of a habit and we're always surprised by the interpretations they give us. In the case of @allisonhy, the word "mystery" answers a few questions and at the same time, gives us more reasons to ask even further.
Her work is a mix of portrait, lifestyle, and conceptual photography. The use of colors and lighting in her shots can give them a playful vibe. However, it is also paired with a slight darkness brought about by the moody styling and art direction. It's a constant tug of war between these contrasting styles with neither one pulling the flag over to their side completely. Maybe that's where the word "mystery" comes in since you never really know where @allisonhy is going to take you with the next shot.
How would you describe your photographic style?
I would describe it as instant anesthesia because you can tell very little about the emotions of my subjects as if their souls are hiding in a shelter that the camera creates. You don’t know what they are up to. I enjoy that kind of mystery.
What inspires you to take photos?
When I was young, I always liked having some toys in my hands, I would take them wherever I went. When I grew up, I realized that time is the most valuable thing in the world, so I tried to keep those moments with me. Naturally, taking photos has become my habit.
How do you come up with concepts for your shoots?
My inspiration often comes from the urge to escape the mundane life but only to fail at escaping it. It’s always still connected to reality. Maybe that’s where the moodiness comes from.
What's the most challenging part of being a photographer in this time?
With new technology, photography is becoming much easier for anyone to learn and master. However, the most challenging and important thing is to truly understand ourselves, to find our own style, walk our own way, and express through our own language.
Why do you still use film?
First of all, I am addicted to the colors, grains, and the grunge aesthetic of film. Second, the process of shooting film is experimental and poetic at the same time, the idea of not seeing the result immediately not only makes me more focus and live in the moment, but also conveniently shuts up those who insist on checking the photos right away.