Our Insta Fav #87 is Amy Tran, an art director and creative strategist from Vancouver who enjoys taking snaps of her beautiful surroundings while she’s mainly inspired by kind people, growing food and Japanese aesthetics. You can get to know her in our following Q&A and don’t miss out on visiting her feed.
Where are you from? How does that place influence the way you photograph?
I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada and I still call it home. Living here has influenced me in a number of ways, including how I relate to my environment and invest myself in the many things that interest me. Photography gets wrapped up in all of this as an extension of my quiet appreciation for any place, the people within it, and the artifacts that make it unique.
What are your favorite environments to shoot in?
I definitely prefer places that are wild and unknown (at least, to me).
What are the strengths of shooting primarily mobile? How does this affect your imagery?
When looking to travel light, having my phone with me feels pretty intuitive. I enjoy both the ease and challenge of using a fairly limited setup and am often delighted at what I’m able to create. On the other hand, mobile has affected the way I photograph and the images I take in ways that don’t always serve me (or the subject) well—I may not be intentional about how and what I photograph and I often end up with too many images that seem to mean less and less to me the more time has passed. I find this isn’t the case with analog photography and the mechanisms around it, so if anything, mobile photography has encouraged me to shoot more film.
Who and what are the things that inspire you?
People who are kind, vulnerable, electric. Growing food. Japanese aesthetics.
Tell us a little about your everyday.
Stretching. A kettle on the stove. Wrangling cats before setting them loose on the neighbourhood. Emails with people I may never meet. Conversations at my neighbourhood café. Trying to pair words with images. Barefoot jaunts into the garden to collect food. Printing photos, handwriting letters, cultivating relationships and social identities. Working alongside my love/partner @tomaszwagnerco over cold tea and jaffa cakes well into the night. Rest.
Which Apps do you use to edit your pictures?