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

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