Milly is a photographer whose work is informed by reflecting on the world around her, using her own personal experiences to express the narratives in her work. As a stylist she places an emphasis on playful and experimental styling, with prints and colour playing a large role. She uses styling as a power tool to show expression and character.
Milly finds the power of the present moment a driving force in her work as she often uses analogue photography considering each specific shot. Her work aims to bring awareness to topics that can get overlooked in society such as identity, diversity and the power of nature helping both mentally and physically. These themes are showcased in Milly’s recent publication ‘Blue Mind’ whereby she represents the feeling of presence many experience when being in, near or around water.
This opened up into broader themes, focusing on human connections and what actions people take to regain the power of connection with not only each other but oneself. Getting outdoors and being surrounded in nature is something that has the ability to help people both mentally and physically which is something I noticed not only through research but experiencing it for myself by getting outside. This led onto the project ‘Blue Mind’.
I began to document my mum wild water swimming which is something she enjoys. Talking to her and researching this I found that it was good for the body to feel energised and for the mind and soul to feel totally present. I sourced models who valued this act and captured these moments of bliss that one feels being in, near and around water to put into a photo book and create arresting visuals. The images explore this powerful effect on us as humans which has become increasingly overlooked.
By focusing on photography and styling I make sure each shoot is creatively exciting marrying the two together to help express the themes in my work and keep visuals refreshing and eye catching. My work represents my ideologies and values surroundings multiple topics such as escapism, identity, diversity and the world around us.