BABES ON THE RISE: AN INTERVIEW WITH PHOTOGRAPHER MOLLIE DENDLE

by | July 20, 2017

We caught up with the mega babe you need to know RN, photographer Mollie Dendle, to talk about her project Everything You See Here Is Real, her creative process and what’s on the agenda for the rest of 2017…

Mollie Dendle

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I am a self-taught film photographer from London and I have a wonderful boyfriend called Andre.

How would you describe the style of your work?

Natural

How did you first get into photography?

Hmm difficult – I have always fiddled with cameras and volunteered to take photos of my friends as opposed to being in them. But the turning point was during A-Level Art. My school wanted me to do a pencil drawing of my Grandpa for my final piece. Instead I got a Barbie, cut out her insides and made a bonfire in her stomach with matches and took photos of it. Of course the fire alarm went off.  Still to this day slightly unsure of the meaning of this piece of art / photography haha but it was the first time that photographing something really excited me.

What does a typical day look like?

Hectic. I can get from bed, brush my teeth, get dressed and get out of the front door in 7 minutes (I timed it one morning). I commute quite far to work at the infamous street casting agency – Anti-Agency. Once there I have been hailed for my ability to not stop working all day long. Once I get home, Eastenders, Geordie Shore, Ex on the beach, Love Island and any bbc drama call me to my sofa.

Tell us about your photo project Everything You See Here Is Real. what was the inspiration behind it?

I think it definitely stems from how real I am as a person. I am known for putting my foot in it as I just say things as they are and I am never two faced. When I first started taking photographs of models, I became so bored of the model packages I was receiving – devoid of personality, black and white portrait upon black and white portrait made it hard to imagine what these models were like. When I did ask for descriptions of these girls and boys they were categorised – has X size waist, been in X magazine, has X amount of followers etc etc. I feel imagery within the fashion industry currently represents photographers, stylists, makeup artists and creative directors – everyone but the model themselves.  So I wanted to take photographs of real influencers, with real things to say, in their real environments.

Talk us through your creative process- how do you go from an idea to the final product?

I will let you know about that when I get to the final product. I am still nowhere near where I want to be.

Who/or what inspires you most?

My Dad – he’s my best friend.

Becky Duff by Mollie Dendle

How did you start out your career?

I messaged Anti-Agency asking if I could shoot some of their models. I then semi-invited myself into the office for a chat, bought a new unnecessary suit and persuaded them they needed another member of the team – haven’t worn the suit since.

What advice do you have for photographers trying to break into the industry?

That you’ll hear a million no’s but, if you want it enough, you’ll wait for the yes.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Sensitive, hilarious, hard-working

Who are you currently stalking on Instagram?

No comment hehe

Sophia Dawson Collins by Mollie Dendle

Which emoji best describes you?

The upside smile as that’s the face I make when I’m asleep apparently

Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever done a shoot?

Oooh – I shot in a hotel in Manchester that has not been touched since the 90’s. By not touched I mean not even cleaned. But everything was so authentically 90s – as opposed to a set design, or imposed props.

If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?

Adwoa Aboah – I think what she is doing with Gurls Talk is really, really special and a shoot with her would epitomise everything my photo project stands for.

Sophia Dowson Collins

What’s on the agenda for 2017?

Whats not on the agenda? Currently trying to move at a million miles per hour, with a million different people but hopefully by the end of the year I will be finishing my book ‘everything you see here is real’ for its launch in 2018.

Wanna find out more about Mollie? Follow her on Insta @molliedendle and see more of her work here.

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