Favourite Five 011 - Nicole
Nicole: For the longest time I had wanted a headdress like this and when I nabbed it at the duty-free counter in Bali, I knew I had to do something with it as soon as I got home. This image is special because as much as it looks like I spent ages getting it just right, the entire shoot only took 15 minutes because we were being eaten alive by mosquitoes. We left the war zone completely covered in bites.
Nicole: I love this because it was a fluke shot. I was still working with a 50mm lens at that time and I was so far away from the model. I had to manually focus to get this, in the middle of a half squat through the balcony bars. She is also one of the most beautiful people I’ve had the pleasure of working with, inside and out.
Nicole: This is a two-image set that I shot in my friend’s living room. The model is a close friend who I had recently reconnected with. It’s called the “Death of Decency” and I shot it at a time where I felt that people needed to chill out with implied and full-on nudes and whatever else in between because there was this body-shaming craze sweeping the world.
Nicole: Aline is special because she represents the start of everything for me – collaborations with designers, agencies and other creatives – as well as consistency and the need to strive for improvement.
Nicole: Meet Melissa. This was part of a collaboration with Rent A Dress KL for their Singapore lookbook, and this photo represents all that I had worked for up to that point. I could not be more thankful for this opportunity, which included printed copies distributed to cafes all over Singapore.