26-year-old Lenara Choudhury is making waves on the fashion photography scene. Felix and Florrie love her fresh, youthful style which you can see in her work for the likes of i-D, Lazy Oaf, Obey and American Apparel. We had a catch up to find out more about her work process…
Tell us a bit about your background, how did you first get into photography?
I studied photography at London metropolitan university because I enjoyed photography as a hobby but didn’t get into thinking of it as a serious career until after I left and started interning for other photographers. I found for me (not everyone) it was more about being hands on and learning through trial and error rather than being taught which worked in my favour.
We loved your shoot for issue one of Intern Magazine. How was your interning experience?
Thank you, I really enjoyed shooting that, I have a lot of love for intern and that’s what it’s all about! In general I’ve found interning quite a pleasant experience it can be quite hard and it was for me but I remained focused and for me it was a choice to do something that I enjoy doing with people who also enjoy what they do. Obviously being a broke ex student didn’t allow me to do it full time but it had taught me a lot and it is thanks to all that I am where I am right now.
Which part of your work process do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy pretty much the whole process from preparing the general ideas together along with a team to make it happen, to the actual shooting and final results but if I had to choose I think it would be when I have everything together and finalise selected images I get really ‘snappy happy’ so it can be difficult to choose but I get there in the end.
How’s London life? Where are your fave places to hang out/shoot?
It’s great I love it! Especially for what I do it’s great to meet new people and opportunities pop up a bit more than in my hometown Southampton where I grew up. My favourite places to shoot in London, although it’s hard to choose, I’d have to say Southbank I just love it there it’s a massive concrete jungle full of little gems!
Who were your idols during your teen years?
oh no… If I said Britney Spears…
What advice would you give to young photographers who want to chose photography as a career path?
I would advise interning doesn’t have to be 5 days a week or a really well known photographer it could be a friend of a friend and helping out once a week or so you learn so much and if your willing to learn others are willing to teach along the way. And I’d say try not letting yourself get lost in the work of others in a negative way let it inspire you and try not to compare yourself too much you’ll find your signature and evolve though that my work has changed significantly since my university days through growth.
What have been the highlights for you this year?
This years been a pretty intense year in a positive way and I’d have to say my highlight was finally booking my first ever solo exhibition for next year it’s a scary challenge but I’m fully prepared and getting the ball rolling!
Lastly, what is your favourite image ever and why?
Would you believe me if I said I find that impossible to answer?
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