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Inspired by Hermes, 18-Yr-Old Photog Tells a Dreamy Fairy Tale

  By   Sep 3rd 2012 at 1:47PM Style RATED

Olivia Bee

 

Olivia Bee Hermes


Hermes invited 18-year-old American photographer Olivia Bee to shoot a feature for the October issue of their Le Monde d'Hermes magazine. The photoshoot, which stars a variety of the brand's iconic scarves, borrows from the world of fantasy and fairy tales. Naïve, yet naughty, the images are Olivia's take of a romantic dream, complete with unicorns, princesses and a modern-day Prince Charming.

Here, Olivia tells us about her love for photography and her shoot for Hermes.

 

Chelna Khatau

How old were you when you first picked up a camera?

Olivia Bee

I picked up cameras now and then before the age of 10, borrowing my dad's Canon Powershot (one of the first digital point and shoot cameras) to take pictures of the garden or self portraits on the swings. But I would say that I didn't seriously pick up a camera until age 11. My school had a darkroom photography class, so in the 6th grade I was assigned to it by accident - I signed up for video production but didn't get it! I was really bad at it at first - I took a lot of pictures of Christmas ornaments and stuffed animals, but over the course of middle school it changed from a hobby, and became more and more an obsession.

Chelna Khatau

Who or what do you enjoy photographing most?

Olivia Bee

My work really is centred around everyday life, and keeping a diary of my experiences and the ordinary, and universal experiences that everyone can relate to - so I like photographing those moments that everybody understands… but is maybe said, or portrayed in a different way. I love to photograph people I love; I love seeing our intimacy come across the lens. It's really special.

Chelna Khatau

In your work, who are your biggest influences?

Olivia Bee

Everyday life is my biggest influence. There are those moments when your life feels so cinematic and beautiful and tangible and relatable - and everyone has those moments. Those are the moments that continue to inspire me and the moments I wish to capture.

 

Olivia Bee Hermes


Chelna Khatau

You're 18 and you've already worked on several big commercial campaigns (for Nike, Converse, Subaru and now, Hermes. What does it feel like when you land one?

 

__ANSWER__ When I land a big campaign I feel really good about it. And mostly I just feel really lucky, because they could have had anyone in the world that they wanted to shoot this campaign - and they picked me! I am so grateful for all the opportunities I've been given and all of the opportunities I've worked for, and I'm just really excited and happy that I'm able to do the thing that I love.

Chelna Khatau

Why did you choose fairy tales as the theme for the Hermes shoot?

Olivia Bee

The Hermes scarf is a very romantic piece of silk - to say the least. They're so romantic, and beautifully crafted, and every time I wore one, or was surrounded by them, I felt like a princess. I didn't really receive the scarves, and decide on the spot, "Oh, I'm going to make this photo story a fairy tale," but rather, the photos unveiled themselves that way. When photographing them and thinking about them and styling them, I just couldn't stay away from the romanticism of them and how they made everyone feel like royalty.

 

Olivia Bee Hermes


Chelna Khatau

Which is your favourite fairy tale?

 

Olivia Bee

The ones in real life.

Chelna Khatau

What did you love most about the shoot?

Olivia Bee

I loved that I got so much freedom, and that this amazing brand, this AMAZING brand, this brand that I respect so much, trusted me, and just let me run wild with my ideas, and report back via email at the end of the day. It was really special. And the film! [Hermes loved the shoot so much it has commissioned a short film].

Chelna Khatau

If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?

Olivia Bee

I would be a stylist, a fashion designer, or a photo editor I think. Or a curator! I just can't get away from the arts.



Olivia Bee Hermes


The magazine will be distributed in Hermes stores from October 2012.

 

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