Director and photographer Bec Lorrimer has a relaxed Australian charm that shines through in her work but belies her enormous passion for ethics, the environment, and sustainable fashion. She is a thoughtful, considered, and talented artist. Her fashion photography, which has been featured in some of the world’s top publications like Vogue Australia, Glamour, and ID, is a beautiful expression of women’s joy and freedom.
Bec photographed our May cover with model and artist Myla Dalbesio, and shared with us why this shoot and model were important to her and the meaning of being an ethical fashion photographer.
So why don't you start by introducing yourself?
Hi, I'm Bec Lorrimer and I'm a photographer.
And where are you from?
I'm from Sydney, Australia, and I've been living in New York City for six years now.
What inspired you to move to New York?
New York's always been a place that I wanted to live. When I was young, I came here with my parents and it's one of the only places outside of Australia where I thought I could live.
Did you always want to be a fashion photographer?
I didn't grow up wanting to be a fashion photographer. I grew up wanting to be a filmmaker. I studied film, and I wanted to be a cinematographer. But, I ended up working in a photo studio, and then started to work in fashion photography. They were the kind of photographers I was meeting and I loved the creative aspect — I loved how it was a lot more open than film. Film's quite regimented, you have to be a lot more organized. Fashion can be a lot more creative, and on the fly — shooting off the cuff is a little bit more relaxing. And plus, you get to listen to music while you do it.
That is a great point. I agree with you on that. What made you want to shoot for The Frontlash?
I've always been really interested in the environment, and sustainability and climate change are important [issues]— now more than ever. I feel like growing up in Australia, we have a lot more awareness of the [environment]and simply not littering or trying to minimize our impact on the environment. Being in New York, it bothered me quite a lot because I feel like we don't really have a handle on it as much as I would love for the city to have.
Working in fashion can be difficult for ethics as well. I do find fast fashion quite difficult to deal with personally. We throw out a lot of fashion. We're trying to teach people to buy a lot of stuff that maybe they don't need. The prices of products have gone down, which means people can buy them more often and they can throw them out more often because they don't seem to need to worry about the cost. Shooting for The Frontlash is really exciting because I feel like it's important to show people that you can have a sustainable wardrobe and that you can make choices in your everyday purchases and in your everyday life that can be meaningful.
And what did you love and what do you love about shooting with Myla?
I've been following Myla and her work for years, since I worked with her with Lachlan Bailey on a shoot for Calvin Klein underwear. Not only is she a model but she has an interesting perspective. She's an artist, she's a feminist, she speaks about things that are meaningful to her, and she often will let people in on deeply personal things that have happened to her. When you have a public figure like her, it's really nice to know that they are human and they've got difficulties. It's also inspiring to see someone who you find interesting speaking out about things that are important.
We agree! As a fashion photographer, if you could imagine a better way for fashion, what would it look like for you?
A sustainable world for fashion would be to encourage consumers just to buy what they need, buy good quality, be asking questions about where the products come from, how the products are made, and a lot more brands being transparent as well.
The key thing for all consumers, which is all of us, is to be aware of where your money goes. Make purchases that are in line with your ethics, or your intention, even to the point of buying recycled toilet paper. Be aware of if you are going to throw it out after a season, or whether it's going to be something that'll last you for five or ten years, or is it a fashion item that you're not going to wear it again? I think it's really important to try and have longevity in the fashion wardrobe.
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