CONCEPT: Graceland Day Book is where we revel in the intelligent, inimitable and totally mesmerising women we come into contact with during our travels; both across the globe on buying trips and en-route to the local dance floor. A series intended to engage and inspire.
There are two ways to look at Kristen Hancock's inimitable photos: her growing collection of imagery embraces the traditional - she rarely shoots digitally, welcoming the element of surprise that comes with film photography. On the other hand, her subjects and style are present and contemporary. Kristen takes the kinds of snaps most of us aspire to, all while making to make the whole process look effortless. Team graceland know this first-hand, because we were lucky enough to collaborate with her for our very first photo-shoot in late 2016.
For our first graceland day book segment it seemed only fitting to kick things off by speaking to our current muse, Kristen, about her creative process, what inspires her and beyond...
Kristen for WITU Worldwide, Tokyo
Firstly, how did you get into photography?
I’ve always been interested in heaps of creative outlets but my high school had an amazing dark room that got me pretty hooked.
Describe your photography in five words: 35mm, feminine, editorial, authentic, raw.
What inspires your creative process? I get inspired by so many things everyday! My creative friends are a massive inspiration for me, they are constantly producing such a high standard of work that pushes me to keep creating and bettering myself. I think the Melbourne creative scene as whole is really inspiring. We are so lucky to live in a city that’s so supportive of the arts and all creative fields.
Who is your style icon and why?
90’s Drew Barrymore! I’m a bit of a tomboy like like her.
What matters most to you when you’re choosing what to wear? How much black I could possibly fit into every outfit I think!
Kristen for graceland collection. Model: Edith Kenny-Smith
What is that one vintage piece that has traveled with you over time that is your all-time favourite find? I have a little black dress that I found in a vintage shop years and years ago that has seen me through many days and nights, it’s the perfect LBD.
What is something that you have your sights set on achieving this year?
I’ve been working on my website for way too long now and it’s so close to being done, so definitely that! But lately I've become interested in painting and sculpture so hopefully I'll start making some art too.
Words: Lucy Giblin
Check out more of Kristen's work via the links below: