SNAP IT UP: HELENA CHRISTENSEN BEHIND THE CAMERA
How Helena Christensen has made the move from in front of the camera to behind it...
Helena Christensen may not be in front of the camera as much as she was at the height of her supermodel career but she’s happy to now take up a place behind it as she builds her reputation as a photographer. She may be best known for the former but she has confessed to Vogue in the past that she’s been ‘taking photographs longer than I’ve been modelling’.
She now has exhibitions around the world and is a go-to expert in the craft. A recent collaboration with phone manufacturer Huawei has seen her work with three women who were specially chosen for the passion for perfection in their craft: jewellery designer Adeline Rapon as she evolves and develops her designs; ballerina Melissa Chapski as she performs a pirouette; and the enigmatic Maria Fagerström, an international pilot who has travelled almost every corner of the world. ‘For this shoot, it was important to me that I captured the spirit and dedication of my subjects, and that my portraits faithfully convey what kind of person they are without the need for words,’ says Helena.
Huawei has gone all out with the latest addition to its repertoire, in particular with the phone’s camera. The P20 Pro has been developed in collaboration with camera specialist Leica and almost completely eradicates the need for a separate camera – for amateurs at least.
The software allows it to instinctively know what you’re taking a picture of, so it can adjust the settings accordingly. ‘Flowers’, ‘Food’, ‘Portrait’ it informed me as I put it through its trial run. Pictures need no filters or work done to them, yet look almost professional.
The super night mode is particularly impressive, brightening and sharpening in just the right places without losing the atmospheric background.
Portraits and selfies are equally flattering – perfect to keep up your social media image. If Instagram and Snapchat are your favourite apps, then this will fast become your favourite phone. Say cheese!
THE Huawei P20 and P20 Pro are both now available from phone suppliers nationwide, price dependent on phone plan