Interview with… Gillian Mansonhing Staples

Photos by Gillian Mansonhing Staples

Gillian Mansonhing Staples is a photographer who is making a place for herself in the fashion industry. Born amidst the beautiful and inspiring forests of Vancouver Island, Canada, she grew up with an affinity for the arts.
She is now living and working in New York City.

When did you start to think about photography?
I’ve always enjoyed taking photographs. As soon as I figured out the camera, I was the one taking photos at all family gatherings and trips. At the age of 14, my love for photography intensified when I connected with a group of girls who’s second nature was taking photos with and of each other.

What does photography mean to you? and which kind of photography do you like more?
Photography for me is a way to compartmentalize my brain. I am easily distracted and it is much easier to think and remember when I have a frame to encase one thought or feeling.

What does it mean fashion for you?
Humanities’ obsession with self image.

And what do you think about fashion photography?
I think in the digital age, fashion photography had become somewhat over saturated. It is more difficult to find beautiful and raw images in the media with the modern tools accessible to photographers. This makes the genuine artists that remain today all the more unique and inspiring.

Do you think it’s important to follow a school to learn how to shoot?
Everyone is different. If you feel you want to take a class then take one, if you feel you don’t, and your happy with your photos, then I don’t think its necessary. I also believe the desire to improve is a positive thing. Life is all about balance.

What’s the photo you want to take and you never did?
I’m not dead yet.

What’s your photo-mission?
To eternalize the people and moments of my life.

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