Thank you so much Tyler. Beautiful intro.
With the Internet always at my fingertips, I am forever finding new photographers. Too often I find myself mindlessly scrolling through pictures without actually LOOKING at them. It’s a terrible habit that not only applies to my Tumblr dashboard, but life in general. Along similar lines, I was recently sent the following words by Joseph Cook,
“So many people glorify and romanticize ‘busy.’ I do not. I value purpose. I believe in resting in reason and moving in passion. If you’re always busy/moving, you will miss important details. I like the mountain. Still, but when it moves, lands shift and earth quakes.”
Scrolling through pictures on the internet or releasing the shutter may be a bit underwhelming compared to an earthquake, but I think the most basic concepts apply. Stop and smell the coffee, look at things a little differently, don’t always jump at the first thing that comes to mind.
The act of taking a moment to look around and get a new perspective brings me to this edition of Life Behind a Lens featuring the fantastic works of Sheena She. A keen observer who believes in magic and looks at things a little differently. Believe me when I say, She is more than just a another lady on the internet.
AMT: Who is the most interesting person you have met, why were they interesting? This person doesn’t have to be famous or well known; just interesting.
Sheena: As cheesy as it sounds - my mother. She has stories for days about her childhood and growing up the daughter of a tribe leader in the Philippines. A time that may sound so primitive to us. I have yet to find someone with stories of hope, humbleness, and humility. She definitely surpasses any famous person hands down.
AMT: You said you believed in magic, What makes you a believer?
Sheena: If you have the time to listen to some of my stories, get at me. Haha. I always believed we are all capable of magic. It’s all around us. Some are just asleep and haven’t awakened yet.
AMT: If you could shoot or make one of your existing shots into an album cover who would it be for, why?
Sheena: Oh man so many choices! I’m a big hip hop fan - Wu-tang, Hieroglyphics, Aesop Rock, even local NJ artists would be dope! Also would love to work with the witchy woman, Stevie Nicks, and I’m also a classic rock girl. I enjoy trippy, weirdness and I could relate certain shots to that. Certain photo shoots that I’ve done always turn into something along the lines of - let’s get weirddddd.
AMT: Why shoot film?
Sheena: Shooting film to continue its legacy! I would hate to see it die. My niece wanted to use my camera to take my photo and I told her it’s not digital it’s film. She asked, What’s film? It made me sad for a minute but I also reminded myself this is why I shoot film.
Name: Sheena She
Camera(s): Konica C35, Canon Elan 7, Minolta Freedom III, and Polaroids
Film(s): Kodak Ektar 100, Fuji Superia 200, Redscale, and Fujifilm FP-3000B/FP-100C
As always if you are interested in having your photos featured on Life Behind a Lens head on over to my Contact page for more information.