Explore the work of Eunji Kim, a self-portrait photographer who creates astounding imagery using everyday objects.
Through her scenes, she strives for a melancholic/romantic feeling and uses handmade props to augment her creative vision.
What made you interested in photography?
My passion for photography started when I was maybe around 10 years old. The first time my dad bought my oldest sister a camera, I used to sneak into her room and steal it to take photos. The inciting moment where I really admired photography was when I took a photo of a dragonfly and was able to look at every detail so clearly, that was the moment I fell in love with it and all it can transmit.
When did you begin making creative self-portraits?
I started in 2020. I used to take only landscapes but due to Covid and the confinements, I decided to experiment and practice my photography skills by taking self-portraits. Once I discovered that I could transmit so many feelings through it, it became my favorite thing to do.
Do you find self-portraiture to be difficult as you’re always working with the same model, in this case, yourself? How do you come up with creative ideas to show yourself in a different light?
I wouldn’t say it’s difficult, it’s just a matter of trial and error. I love the idea of becoming different “characters” for each project. I like the way I can force myself to try new poses, outfits, makeup styles, etc. I’d even say that it helps me to get to know myself better, my photography/modeling strengths, and how to fix my weaknesses. Pinterest and Instagram are my main sources to find new ideas, you can find amazing photos and projects by talented photographers and recreate them in your own style.
Are there any themes or feelings you aim to convey through your work?
Yes, melancholic, romantic, and passionate feelings.
Do you shoot on film, digital, or a combination of both?