ADELINE, THERE IS A VERY SPECIFIC SENSITIVITY FROM YOUR IMAGES, THE WAY HOW YOU SEE WOMEN IS FAIRLY WARM, AND SOFT BUT WITH STRENGTH. IS THIS SOMETHING RELATED TO YOUR BACKGROUND?
I started taking pictures to remember everything, I did not want to forget anything, constantly amazed by small details, I wanted to blink my eyes and be able to remember moments forever.
I was scared to forget how my best friend looked great in the middle school restroom looking into the mirror, how the sun reflecting in her eyes, flower in the wind, how her skirt moves while she walks...etc
I grew up with a strong sense of friendship with a group of girlfriends and they are the reason why I started photography, so I guess it stills impact my photography today.
HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE “FEMININE”, IN 2021?
Any woman, (or anyone identifying as one) who has self confidence, stands straight and walks without looking behind is feminine.
"For me, feminine is also how women handle their vulnerabilities."
How they can be sensitive, some women become cold while some others cry. To me how each woman treats their feelings is feminine, and the variety of it is magnificent.
WHAT DOES THE WORD “CRUSH” MEAN TO YOU?
Crush means to me the spring in Paris; falling in love looking at someone’s eyes covered by his/her hair moving through the wind. Getting excited to hold hands.
COLLAGE PLAYS AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR RECENT WORK, WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO REALLY GET INTO THIS FORM OF EXPRESSION? WHEN WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO DO COLLAGE AND WHEN YOU WOULD USE A SINGLE IMAGE?
I’ve always done collage with my personal life pictures, to save them in albums as souvenirs. I kept travel tickets, and all sorts of things that would fit in a notebook. I can't tell how I choose, to me all the pictures work by themself but sometimes I just do collage, it’s intuitive.
YOU ALSO WRITE CAPTURES YOURSELF?
I love writing my everyday feelings and thoughts, sometimes it's too intimate, but sometimes I just feel it fits well an it’s a thoughts I want to share.
ONE BOOK THAT YOU CHERISH THE MOST?
Every piece from Francois Cheng
Recently having a crush on Three Women from Lisa Tadeo
FAVORITE SONG FROM CURRENT PLAYLIST?
Been grooving on Populous
WHO DO YOU ADMIRE?
My daughter :)
Can’t really name just one but I love Garry Winogrand!
TOP 5 MOVIES THAT INSPIRE YOU THE MOST VISUALLY?
In the mood for love by Wong Kar Wai
La Jetée by Chris Marker
The canaries by Jerome Hill
A taste of honey by Tony Richardson
Qatsi trilogy by Reggio
MOST MEMORABLE TRIP?
Setouchi Japan, especially Teshima and Naoshima, magical place.
WHAT ARE YOUR NEXT PLANS IN 2021?
Trying to accept that I can’t really plan anything as of today’s pandemic !
In the photo Adeline Mai is wearing the Tweed cropped top & Tweed midi skirt.