Please introduce yourself to our readers:
Hello, I'm Miu Vermillion. I'm a photographer, visual artist, demi-couturier, contemporary art writer, and social media fanatic who is going to co-launch VIRTUOGENIX - a photography and digital art magazine - this September.
How and when did you get into photography?
I got into photography by way of digital art. I didn't have the budget to purchase stock images for my personal projects, so I shot everything myself. In 2011, I co-founded a bespoke/demi-couture company, and shot all of the company's website and promotional images myself. In my effort to promote the bespoke clothing and jewelry, I organized and shot numerous editorial-style photos and submitted them to independent fashion magazines. One thing led to another; and now, the store is on a hiatus, and I spend more time with my cameras, lighting gear, and films than ever.
What cameras do you use preferably for analog and digital?
It depends on the kind of images I want to create at a particular time. To me, a camera is just one of the numerous things I need to create a certain kind of photograph.
My current favorites are Zenit 412LS (for portraits and photo stories), Lomo LC-A+ (for landscape photography), Nikon N75 with 28-80mm and 70-300 mm lenses (for location scouting, testing films I'm not familiar with, and for backup shots), Fuji Instax Wide (for moody portraits), Impossible I-1 (for mysterious and atmospheric photos), and Canon 5DS R (for fashion photography, runway photography, and surrealistic digital collages).
A successful journalist, blogger and a talented photographer, fashion, analog and digital art, often combined, do you ever sleep?
Aw, thank you! I only blog for fun . . . mainly to share some of the things I learned through trial and error . . . and some photographic gear and films I truly like. Confucius is sort of right when he said "choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." Well, work is work, and it's not always fun; but time does fly when you are doing what you love. Sleeping is not one of my hobbies because life is short and there are so many things I still want to do.
To Paraphrase an article in your blog: Going analog…what is the fuss all about? Yes, what is it all about?
I've been thinking about that quite a lot lately; but, till now I still can't put the concept into a clear and concise sentence. I vaguely remember the days when analog photography was not a big deal. People used to be able to buy films and develop their family snapshots at drugstores . . . but now that film photography is becoming somewhat of a rarity, even the films I used to use when I was a child has turned into novelty items.
I still remember the day when I ditched my analog camera for a pocket-size Canon 2.1 mega pixels digital camera without any single thought or hesitation. (It was the year when the only things I created were digital artworks). But, these past few years, people are talking about analog photography again, and some photographers I look up to are shooting with analog cameras again as well.
Around the same time, I started to feel dissatisfied with the images I created. They seem to lack a certain something . . . and I couldn't really put my fingers into it until I realized that most of the photos I'm drawn to are analog photographs. So, I decided to give film photography another try. That's when I realize that today's analog photography is different from it used to be in the pre-digital-camera era.
35mm film photography is no longer synonymous with family, travel, or casual snapshots; and most of the cameras I see at photography stores these days are not the kind people used to take snapshots with in the 90s and early 2000s. They are trickier to use but more fun and interesting. Together with contemporary experimental films, they heighten analog photography to a whole new level.
Last year, I tried to find the camera I abandoned many years ago. In it, I found an old roll of film, and it still had 8 shots left. The photos did not turn out so great, but it's awesome to have photos from two different decades in one roll of film.
Is there anything, anybody or anyplace on your bucket list you have to take a picture from?
Many! And the list is growing everyday. The list is more of a Dream List than a Bucket List; and, currently, my top wishes are to shoot rehearsal and backstage pictures of Cirque du Soleil and one of my favorite ballet companies (preferably at Opéra Garnier).
Where can we see more of your work?
On my blog, Instagram and website. I'm also on Twitter, Behance, VSCO, 500px, Lomography (LomoHome), Impossible Project Gallery, Ello, Dubble, etc etc. So far, I always use the same handle name (miuvermillion) across all of the photo sharing sites and social media. So, it's super easy to find me online.