Rebekah Campbell is a New York-based photographer whose work explores youth culture, girlhood, and sensuality, with an air of romantic nostalgia. In the age of protest against outdated, constrictive beauty norms such as straight hair, pale skin and a waifish figure, Campbell’s subjects are refreshingly diverse and three-dimensional. Everyone can find some aspect of themselves mirrored in her art and identify with her intuitive sense for modern, unconventional and relatable beauty.
I think it was an amalgamation of moments that made me come to the decision to become a photographer. I was handed a camera around the age of 16 and from then on would take it everywhere with me. My work is inspired by books, thoughts, memories from my past, touching, feeling and watching, moments of melancholic tendencies, everything around me. My eyes see what they want to see, I always have a loose concept but once the moment begins, I never know exactly what will come out, it’s exciting.
Of all my past projects I definitely have favourites but recently I photographed my friend Sasha, and we created something truly magical. Sometimes a certain intuition just comes through the camera and is felt by everyone present. To me, photography is about finding and capturing these unique moments that contain the things I want to explore but can’t put into words.
The future is a daunting concept to me but I hope to continue making photographs, building a body of work that speaks to women and promotes freedom.