Sometimes it’s hard to put into words why an image captivates you. And sometimes it is especially those kind of images that ignore all kinds of compositional canons that seduce you. Maya Fuhr‘s portraits are shot in a horizontal format, just like in cinema, inevitably evoking a narrative around the models that pose in front of her. But despite the cinematic quality of her pictures, there is something incredibly natural and honest about them. At the end of the day, it’s always the gaze that captures you.
At 23, this young Canadian has exhibited in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Montreal and has worked with publications like Vice Canada, Elle Quebec and the incredible Rookie Mag, among many others. Deeply impressed, we ask Maya to share some of her favorite photos with us.
A lot of my fashion photos have my own personal essence in them and I find it’s most often conveyed through the model, as a more flamboyant and fantastic version of myself.
This photo was taken of one of my muses, a transgender beauty named Sophia. Shot in the morning of a classically rustic Montreal home. I like the melancholic tone mixed with the sort of colours you’d see in a renaissance painting.
This was taken in a Hotel of the Editor of UP & COMING Magazine. He is actually wearing my shirt, and I’d consider the photo to be a portrayal of myself. A lot of my fashion photos have my own personal essence in them and I find it’s most often conveyed through the model, as a more flamboyant and fantastic version of myself.
This photo was taken for The Editorial Magazine in a series called ‘Space to Roast’. The model is lying in a tanning bed, where the florescent lights and Scifi vibes made for pretty surreal photo.
This photo was featured with SNAP! called ‘Luscious Isles.’ I had the model pose in various locations in the super market. I love that she looks incredibly confident and casual although the shoot lasted twenty minutes in fear that we’d be kicked out of the store. We were.
This photo was taken at New York Fashion Week of Clover Canyon’s Collection. The models were all lined up as if they were an army of ballerinas, some even wearing point shoes. They looked like Russian dolls! At moments, some would do a parawet remaining poised, but some would crack and start to smile or talk to each other. Not walking down a runway, the models seemed very vulnerable, as you see in this photograph. All in all, I found it to be an incredibly fresh way to present a clothing line.