We get inspired when we see people living life to the fullest and photo-duo Wiissa comprised of U.S.-Born Vanessa Hollander (17) and French-born Wilson Philippe (18) is doing just that. These two have beautifully captured their love for life, photography and each other on film. While still teenagers, the couple hasn’t been behind the lens too long, but after gifting each other film cameras on their birthday a few years ago, they haven’t stopped shooting each other, their friends and the world.
Here’s a look at a sampling of their work and keep scrolling for an interview with Wilson, one half of the talented photo-duo.
HERE’S THE CAMERALUV INTERVIEW WITH WILSON PHILIPPE, ONE HALF OF Wiissa.
Cameraluv: Where do you two call home?
Wilson Philippe: We live on a small island next to Miami.
WP: We’ve been to so many great places, including France, Mongolia, Switzerland, and Brazil.
CL: What are some of your short term and long term goals for your photography?
WP: Short term we’d love to be able to work and collaborate with creative people and long term making a career out of taking pictures would be pretty great.
CL: Who is your ideal client?
WP: We have many ideal clients such as Levi’s, Nasty Gal, Urban Outfitters, and our favorite band, The Strokes.
CL: Do you have some favorite cameras?
WP: We love our Canon AE1 & Pentax K1000.
CL: What’s your most favorite subject to shoot now?
WP: At the moment we shoot our friends and ourselves so I guess our favorite subjects are young people!
CL: Could you tell us a bit about what brought on the trip to Mongolia and who you went with?
WP: The trip was organized by my parents, they had this idea of going to Mongolia and we were lucky enough to be able to go with them!
CL: What was it like giving pictures to someone who had never seen themselves in print?
WP: It was a truly humbling experience, photographs are something modern society take for granted. The pictures had a huge impact on them, they kept coming back for more pictures and told all their friends who then came themselves! We even had a family dress up in traditional modern clothing. They were very thankful for what seemed like a small gesture.
CL: Did doing a project like this change how you look at the world?
WP: Definitely, we see the world in a completely new way now. Seeing how they live and how they can be perfectly happy with how little they have really makes you
rethink your outlook on things.
CL: Do you have any more trips/projects like this planned?
WP: We don’t have any planned yet but we would love to do more. I think it would be great if we could get help from The Impossible Project film company to help us pay for the trip. I’d love to go on many kinds of trips like these and make a book out of it, that would be really cool.
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