#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

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#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

"I became interested in photography through working as the photo editor for my high school newspaper. I went on to major in photography at Bard College, which opened me up to a whole new understanding of the medium."

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

"Modeling has given me amazing material to work with, from documenting behind-the-scenes to reappropriating images of myself from magazines. I feel so lucky that right out of school I began a career that has kept me surrounded and immersed in what I love."

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

"After signing with my first agency, I immediately began to take pictures of all my modeling experiences. In a lot of ways, using the familiar practice of photography helped me navigate this new and chaotic world. I really focused on capturing authentic moments that were absent from the redundant and oversaturated media coverage of the fashion industry."

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

"I have learned a lot about photography from just being on set and observing everything going on around me."

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

"I shoot with specific cameras, digital or analog, depending on the project. I think film is overly romanticized and often inaccurately used to justify a photograph as 'art" - but I think it's an amazing teaching tool because it forces you to slow down and learn the technical properties of photography."

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

"My work has changed dramatically in the past year as I have transitioned away from straight photography and become more interested in conceptual and contemporary practices by treating the medium as a sculptural object. For the past three years, I rigorously pursued a diaristic style of photography by documenting behind-the-scenes at every shoot or runway show [that I was a part of]."

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

"My work is not exploitative; I don't seek to shame or glamorize this world, rather just tell an intimate and genuine narrative of my everyday work life in the industry."

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

"This summer I felt a bit exhausted by this process, so I began working on collages that exclusively sourced images of myself from magazines for material. Although my work is still in response to my modeling career, this project is independent from my work schedule and gives me more control over my artistic practices."

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

"My collages are re-photographed with a 4x5 film camera in order to capture the greatest amount detail as I enlarge and print them up to ten times their original size. I used a digital camera for my behind-the-scenes stories in order to have the most flexibility with constantly changing environments and the quickest turnaround time."

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

"This summer I completed a book, 'Work Pictures,' which chronicles my modeling career through a collection of my photographs from the past three years. My college professor, Stephen Shore, nominated the book for the MACK First Book Award, which is a photography-publishing prize for photographers who have never had a book published. Unfortunately, my book was not selected, but it was still an important nomination for me. I am a very patient and persistent person when it comes to my work and I will continue to seek out a publisher for my book."

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

"In the near future, I hope to have my book published and to have a show at an important gallery one day. I also wouldn’t say no to a Prada or a Celine campaign..."

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

"When I'm on the other side of the camera...the first shoot I did with my short hair was with Yelena Yemchuk for Italian Vogue and it's my new favorite story. We shot it on England’s seaside and dealt with freezing temperatures, insane wind and even hail. I’ve never been so cold on a shoot, but I was so inspired by the clothes, the location, and Yelena whose work I love, that it ended up an amazing experience."

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

"Chanel is always my favorite runway to walk because there is a theatrical element to each show. My favorite campaign was for Topshop, which happened in my first year of modeling. I loved it because all the photos really looked like me; I felt they were a true representation of myself. That being said, some of my favorite editorials have been where I am able to transform into an entirely new character. Being on the cover of i-D and Vogue Spain was also very cool."

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

"What else is on my bucket list still...aside from hoping to work with Emma Summerton, David Sims and Inez and Vinoodh one day, as well as being the face of Prada for just a minute - I would love to spend some time in Japan modeling and documenting my experience. I understand that modeling in Japan can guarantee monetary benefits in exchange for very hard work, which often consists of grueling work hours. I think this as well as the language barrier and difference in culture would make for a fascinating experience to document."

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

"Three words others would describe me with: calm, strong, delicate."

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

"Three words I'd use to describe myself: patient, rational, analytical."

#SocietySquad: Louise Parker

Follow me on Instagram @LouiseParker and see all my work on www.louisebparker.com

Never judge a book by its cover – especially when this book chronicles Louise Parker‘s action-packed modeling career through her photography from the past three years, and has been recently nominated for a publishing book award. This book isn’t just looks.

You might know Louise from the covers of Vogue Spain and i-D, or frequently gracing the Chanel runway, but the Minnesota native is also an aspiring artist and photographer whose work has been published by the likes of W and Vogue. See the gallery to learn more about Louise’s diverse career trajectory and her future aspirations as she gives us a tour of her Brooklyn photo studio!

Louise’s website: www.louisebparker.com