Artist: Sophie Mayanne
1. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Sophie Mayanne, I’m 24 years old and I do photography. At the moment I am currently working on a personal series called Behind The Scars - which is a photography campaign on Instagram that celebrates scars, stories - and challenges people to think differently about the skin they are in.
2. How do you find models for your project Behind The Scars?
For the project I’m working on, Behind The Scars - I have mostly connected with people via Instagram, and by word of mouth. Often people see the images and then ask for more information about the series. From the beginning it's been important that the series has been on a volunteer basis - so I let people come to me.
3. What do scars represent for you?
They represent survival and beauty. I have always had an interest in what we perceive as flaws, from a young age. The things that make us different, and why we consider things beautiful. This is where Behind The Scars stems from. It's a celebration of scars of all shapes and sizes, and the stories behind them. It celebrates what adversity the mind and body can overcome.
4. What really pisses you off about the external world?
When people come up to me and ring the bell on their bicycles! Does that count? I think ignorance can be frustrating - especially when you are trying to explain something to someone, and they don’t even give themselves a chance to see something in a new light.
5. Do you feel comfortable when you are the subject of a photographic concept and not the photographer?
I definitely feel more comfortable behind the camera, although I am slowly learning what my good side is in front of the camera. Haha.