Moving to New York City from Miami Beach at age 19, Kimi Selfridge cut her teeth in the Fashion industry for the next 5 years, most recently as Assistant to a high level Fashion Director. As she approached turning 25, Kimi realized that she no longer wanted her art to be just a hobby.
She quit her full-time job in the Fall of 2011, and has dedicated all of her time towards a long-term personal project, entitled “This Is Our Youth”, where she works exclusively with analog film formats and styles her photo shoots from her vast collection of vintage. Kimi also has an unwavering commitment to never alter the photographs, allowing the work to remain honest and original.
KALTBLUT: How did you know photography was the thing you loved?
Kimi: I starting taking photographs in my adolescence, initially with disposable cameras, then I upgraded to a manual 35mm camera in high school. I almost went to college to study photography, but opted to skip school altogether. So, it’s always been a natural thing for me to grab a camera and shoot, but it wasn’t until I was almost 25 when I shifted my career goals and chose to pursue my art full-time.
KALTBLUT: What do you enjoy most in a shoot?
Kimi: I enjoy embracing my surroundings and working with what I’m given. I really don’t like to have too much of a plan, which allows my shoots to remain very “in the moment”. Outside of shooting, the most enjoyable aspect would be styling my subjects with pieces from my vast collection of vintage.
KALTBLUT: Where do you draw inspiration from?
Kimi: Everywhere. I’m most influenced by shapes, textures, and colors. I’m also completely enamored with the late 70’s and early 80‘s – the clothes, the music, the attitude, everything.
KALTBLUT: Do you have any upcoming projects?
Kimi: I’m currently working on a long-term personal project, entitled “This Is Our Youth”.
Interview by Emma E. K. Jones