Continuing on my love of all things Scandinavian, I recently contacted the talented Jessica Silversaga. I have loved her photography for a while, it's so beautiful and whimsical. Jessica also runs a great blog here, where she blogs about her collection of fairy tale dresses and many other precious things. She also runs an Etsy shop where she is selling some beautiful vintage dresses and her first photography book. Check out the shop here. Jessica seems just as busy as me! She agreed to answer some questions for me, where I chatted to her about her work and style- which you can check out below. I really want to visit Stockholm- and when I do, I will have to collaborate with Jessica. Enjoy!
Tell me a little bit about yourself, what you do, and your photography.
Hello, my name is Silversaga and I love making pictures, I cant imagine my life without that. As a little girl I dreamed of being a writer and tell stories about love. Soon I started to feel as I could tell more with photographs than words. I still enjoy writing and work as both a journalist and photographer. I have been photographing for a couple of years now and use both new and old cameras, I prefer working with film. I like having my camera instead of writing a diary, so my work is many times an emotional reflection of my surroundings and the people I meet. I also love photographing fashion.
What do you love about living in Stockholm?
Everything I need is here at this moment. Everything that I love. I have only lived in Stockholm since October last year and this year I feel as it is time for me to go out and make everything happening. My dream is to work as a photographer, or work with photos in some other ways. I hope this will happend during 2012.
What are your favorite places to visit in Stockholm? (shop, cafes, etc.)
I really enjoy vintage shopping, so that is a great thing to do in the city. My favorite store is Old Touch at Upplandsgatan 43. One other great thing is to put on the dancing shoes and go to Chicago at Hornsgatan 75 and listen to jazz and swing music. Even if you don't dance, you can pick up some great moves from the other dancers!
What is your most favorite shoot you have done so far?
Oh, hard question but I think it is the one I did with Malin for Heart Magazine. I love everything about that photo shoot, the summer and light blue sky. Here red hair in the wind. The green green grass. Just the feeling of being light and happy, which I think summer is for me in so many ways. (http://www.silversaga.se/heartmag.html)
Do you have any dream shoots or ideas that you'd love to work on?
I have many dream shoots in my head. Especially I would like to take portraits of female artists and actors this year.
What are your favorite magazines, blogs, books and films for fashion?
I love Lula Magazine and would love to make a photo shoot for them some day. I don't read so many blogs, but my favorite books are almost everything by the amazing Haruki Murakami. "Norwegian Wood" was so beautiful. I would love to put that book into photographs. My favorite film directors are Tim Burton, Sofia Coppola and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
I see your a fan of Alexandra Grecco. She is stocked in my shop. What do you love about her designs?
Yes, she is amazing. Hopefully we will work together in the future. What I love about her clothes are many things, her way to work with colors and choice of materials. Her eye for shapes and cuts. I love the femenine and light design. I would love to have more pieces of her work in my closet, right now I have the Scalloped esh blouse and The northern alps halo.
If you could photograph any celebrity or model, who would it be?
Oh, I would pick Kirsten Dunst. Many people says that I look a little like her. I really like the softness of her apparence, so it would be a beautiful shoot, for sure!
What publication would you love to see your photos in?
Lula Magazine. I must be published in that magazine in this life. It is one of my biggest dreams.
How did it feel to be featured in a beautiful magazine, like Little Thing?
I felt very honored and happy. The next issue will have a longer interview with me and more photographs. Thank you Little Thing, I love you.
Tell me about your book of photography.
Yes, "01 - Where no endings end" is part one in a series of self published art books. The pictures in the book is selected from my seven years as a photographer. I have plans to make a new book every year. The debut book is very limited, only 250 copies and every book is signed and numbered. It is almost sold out, so everyone interested should get one copy. There will be no more editions and this year I will make the 02 - book!
Who are your favorite designers, artists, and other photographers?
My favorite designers are so many. I love the work of Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu. Last year I totally fell in love with TBA - To be adored. I bought three dresses from their collection. I hope that they can read this and ask me to work with them. I have fallen totally in love with their style. I often get the question which one are my favorite photographer and I dont really have one. I don't get so much inspiration from other photographers. I think my biggest inspiration comes from everyday life. Dreams. People that I love. Sometimes I also get inspired by watching movies and of course, fairytales!
What is on your Spring fashion wish list?
More vintage dresses, a leather satchel and maybe a cute coat.
What is the future look like for you and your work?
Hopefully bright and happy. I will have a large exhibition in Stockholm during 2012 and I will also release my second photo book. And I will never stop dreaming.
If you enjoy Jessica's stunningly beautiful photography, check out her website!