Photographer Lenara Choudhury Interview (NSFW)

Lenara Choudhury is a 26-year-old London-based photographer. Lenara’s photography hobby soon let to formal study and, in turn, dropping out for more hands on experience into the industry. This stunt soon led her to interning and volunteering to work for photographers and teams all across the globe. This, Lenara says, gave her the confidence to take photography as a serious career through trial and error. Since then, she has been lucky enough to shoot for the likes of American Apparel, Dope Chef, OKi-Ni.com, Obey, Illustrated people and many others.
STARDUST: Describe your perfect day.
Lenara Choudhury: My perfect day would begin with ‘top-notch’ breakfast followed by a bath and then a productive day shooting. I like it when [shoots are] intense and non-stop. After, the team and I would unwind with a drink reflecting on the day’s work and normally would result into already preparing for the next shoot. That’s my perfect day.
S: What is your current obsession and why?
LC: I currently have an obsession with really tall London buildings. I’m afraid of heights so it’s nicer taking photographs of building from below.
S: What is your day job?
LC: I’m a freelance photographer.

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S: What attracted you to fashion?
LC: Everything. Fashion relates to pretty much everything. It doesn’t necessarily have to be from television, magazines or the catwalk. I find I’m attracted to it more and more through normal day activities so everything.
S: How do you go about picking your team for a shoot?
LC: Firstly, I would look at past works. Then I have a one-on-one meeting to make sure we get along. But most of the time my team members are recommendations through friends or people I have already met. It’s not so hard picking, it’s more about individuals being passionate about the work they do. Without the passion you’re just a number.

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S: What is the most embarrassing thing that happened to you on set?
LC: Leaving the lens cap on before starting the shoot I front of the whole team. VERY EMBARRASSING!
S: What are your views on models?
LC: It’s just as much about personality as well as appearance. I find I get my best photographs of a model who can laugh at herself.
S: What are certain things that you feel like you need to work on?
LC: There’s always something we all need to work on but I think my one main concern would be patience. I am the most impatient person ever!

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S: If you could do a collaboration with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
LC: I’d love to do collaborations with Ryan McGinley and David Shrigley. I think they are both great artists.
S: What separates you from others in your field?
LC: Having passion, a positive attitude and being Happy—that’s what separates me from many in my field. I feel this can be seen in a lot of my work.

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S: As artists, we are constantly growing and learning. What advice do you have for beginners?
LC: It’s not all laughs and giggles. Be prepared to work hard and take criticism/advice with a positive attitude.
S: Where do you see yourself living in 5 years?
LC: PARIS! I love Paris so much it’s one of my favorite places in the world. Red wine, cigarettes and beautiful French boys—what more can you ask for??

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S: What is your life motto?
LC: When [life] gets tough, just laugh at yourself and stay positive. I do it all the time.

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