Australian in New York
Moving from the slow-paced capital of Queensland to the big smoke in the United States, Sophie Hur touched down in America to pursue her dreams of becoming an actor. After discovering her passion for photography, Sophie has hustled hard to get her work published and is now scoring spreads in Nylon Japan, King Kong, and Oyster Magazine. We had a chat to the Aussie native on how she changed career paths, who inspires her, and her updated dreams.
How did you first get started in film photography?
My boyfriend at the time was from London and also living in New York, doing an internship with Steven Klein. I hadn’t even considered photography as something that I would be intensely passionate about until he convinced me to buy a canon AE1 and showed me how to use it. He introduced me into the radical side of fashion that I never even knew existed.
Does living in New York inspire you?
Every single damn day.
Would you ever move back to Oz?
Eventually, but for now my heart is very set on living here for as long as I can and pushing to achieve my dreams. I hope that I can remain in NYC, but the whole visa situation makes it very unstable.
Why do you think film photography and art is having a massive resurgence at the moment?
Because it is just SO exciting! Anyone can buy a film camera and shoot and get a massive buzz from it – so much better than drugs and alcohol. I think that our generation is generally more pushed by the passion in their heart rather than the security of a degree so hobbies like film photography can inspire a potential artistic career.
What are some projects you’re working on at the moment?
The biggest project of them all – The Visa. Haha, but aside from that I just invested in a Mamiya RZ67 so I am eager to test that baby out.
We’re living and growing through quite a tumultuous historical time, you must especially notice it being based in the United States – does the current political climate influence your work at all?
Definitely. I consider myself very privileged to be able to witness the turmoil in the USA because back home I am embarrassed to admit that my political knowledge is very limited. This way, I am somewhat forced to notice my surroundings, how the current political climate effects the human connection and expand my knowledge about the world that we live in. Trump has made it a lot more difficult for artists. The struggle to obtain a visa has motivated me to create work that I am passionate about because I don’t have time to create something for the sake of it. The political climate has stimulated me to work harder and refine my craft.
What’s been a ‘pinch me’ moment in your career so far?
I guess I will probably get the “pinch me” moment when I finally reach a point where I can call whatever I am doing a “career”. I wouldn’t call what I am doing right now a career, but I would call it my goal to eventually call it a career.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
In a year I hope to be taking way better pictures with a lot more experience, surrounded by other creative individuals with passion and kindness in their hearts.
If you could brunch with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would they be?
All members of The Strokes.
Is there anything else you want to let us know?
I would advise everyone to keep a journal and write as much as you can about your youth and dreams. Also write a letter to your future self to be opened in a year with predictions. I just opened mine up a few days ago that I wrote February 2017 and it made me smile, laugh and realize that pursuing this whole unstable photography journey, despite how hard it is, it is exactly where I am meant to be right now.