Women Crush Wednesday: Coco Amardeil
Coco Amardeil, currently lives in Paris, was born in Toronto, grew up between London, San Paolo and Montréal. Coco Amardeil’s photographs share a unique quality of creative, spontaneous and staggered. She photographs in the field of fashion, decoration and contemporary art. Her recent series “Come Hell or High Water”, captures the moment a body emerges from the water. See more of Coco Amardeil’s work here.
Interviewed by Margaret Warburton
There is a dramatic simplicity to Come Hell or High Water, what lead you to create such personal portraits?
I was drawn in by the kids. The millenials are an age group that fascinate me - they are so often criticized for being either ‘entitled’ or too driven - it seems like they can’t win, during a transitional period of their lives that is already challenging.
Can you talk about the meaning behind the title of Come Hell or High Water?
It means surviving or staying afloat…what these kids are doing amidst an abundance of information, selfie culture, and media scrutiny in an incredibly challenging global economic situation.
There is a melancholy mood that is hard to ignore to the photos, how did you go about creating this mood?
The images are more intense than melancholic. There is an intense yet natural spontaneity as the faces break the surface of the water
What was your studio setup like while shooting this series?
What was your favorite part about shooting this series? Did you walk away with any new insights?
I loved sharing this intimate moment with these teenagers/young adults who were in such a pivotal time of their lives
Describe your creative process in one word.
If you could teach a one, one-hour class on anything, what would it be?
What is the last book you read or film you saw that inspired you?
« Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud »
What song do you play the most in your music library?
« September » by Earth Wind and Fire
How do you take your coffee?
Expresso with oat milk
See all the photographs from the series here.