Emma Hahn is an active member of the community. She is a Student Ambassador for PhotoLounge as well as a Film Club Member. Her photos are vibrant and composed in intriguing ways. This week we got to know her a bit better and learned more about a photo project she is working on. Scroll down to read the interview and see her pictures.
PL: What got you interested in film photography?
EH: Over the pandemic I started watching Willem Verbeek on YouTube. He’s a film photographer who makes videos with recommendations as well as overview of shoots he’s done. I loved the way he captured “classic America” and it really made me want to start taking pictures. I went to a thrift store the next day and bought a little point and shoot and I haven’t stopped yet.
PL: What type of camera do you shoot with, and what kind of film do you usually use?
EH: I’ve had about four point and shoots (all of which I’ve thrifted), but I won’t lie I’m pretty prone to breaking them so I’m always on the hunt for more. Currently, I have an old Vivitar with both a 70mm and 35mm lens you can switch between. However, my main camera that I’m much more careful with is a Canon AE-1. I’ve used a variety of film and love to switch it up, but I tend to stick with Fujifilm 200.
PL: Nature is a very common theme throughout these photos, but some also feature man-made objects within the world. When out photographing, what are some objects or elements within a scene that inspire you to take a photo?
EH: The interplay of man-made and nature is probably my favorite thing to photograph. I love the way the two interact with one another. It’s really interesting to me to see how structures people have created are then taken over by nature or intertwined with it. I think that always piques my interest when I’m taking pictures and really catches my eye.
PL: You mentioned these photos would be featured in a zine you are making. Can you tell us a little more about the project?
EH: Absolutely. I’ve been working on an album for the past year which is coming out on November 14th! To go along with it, I wanted to create a zine that really matches the vibe and content of the album. It’ll have these images as well as some more that I’ve taken. Stay up to date on it through my instagram @ehahnmusic
PL: Out of all of these images, which is your favorite and why?
EH: My favorite is the little girl sitting on the statue looking up. I was at Rittenhouse Square walking around taking pictures and I saw this girl sitting there and having the time of her life. It felt like such a magical moment and she was just daydreaming and playing and I think the picture does a good job of capturing it. Looking at that picture reminds me of childhood and how big and magical the world felt then.
PL: Once you create the zine do you see yourself expanding on the project or do you have another project idea in mind that you want to explore?
EH: I’m in school for music industry and for my senior project I’m planning to make a fully fledged photo book to go along with an album I’ll be creating as well. I’m hoping to play a little bit with digital as well for this project and have the book be a bit of a melting pot for the two. I love having multiple creative mediums for one project so expect more of that in the future as well.
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