ISAEBELLA DOHERTY is a film-maker, photographer and producer with a captivating voice, both behind the lens and behind a microphone. She is wonderfully at home in her own skin for someone so young, with infectious laughter, passion and drive. She put together a collection of photographs from recent travels around North + South America and Australia, and talked about her motivations behind her work.
These are images from her series "Postcards".
I grew up around change-makers, innovators and entrepreneurs. People who saw a decline in the safety of the way we were existing and sought to change it. People who were creative in their admissions of consciousness and the ripple effect of what they did and could do.
I had my brilliant cousin as a patient mentor, who, very enthusiastically, jumped at any project I presented and helped me to understand the things I needed to, to create what I wished to create. My parents have never ceased to see more opportunities for me than I did. That made the biggest difference in who I am now and what I believe myself to be capable of in the future.
I don’t remember when I started [photographing] really, but I’ve always been fascinated by faces and stories. That was my thing. I’d watch people, and create their character and life in my head and use it as fuel for whatever I was creating at the time.
I was living in Europe when I got my Canon 5D 'Toula', and suddenly the capturing of these things, that had stimulated my creativity for so long, became a lot easier.
When you stare into someone’s eyes, lips, lines, crooks, how can you not imagine all the stories that have come to exist within them, on them. I know it’s a common throw, but fuck, creatures drive me crazy with their powers. It’s been done a lot, but it needs to be done so much more.
The more effort that goes into relinquishing this separatism that’s growing more prominent the more globalism declares it to be declining, the better. We are desperately expanding our sense of relativity to light, time, space, etc, when our relativity to each other is bitter and confused.
I want to help create a world where people look at a face in a photograph and they feel really, really connected to them.
For the last two years I’ve been working on a documentary, "Polyfaces" * based on a farm in Staunton, Virginia. It’s a family project, we like to do a lot of things together. It’s about one of the most regenerative farms in the world, the pioneer of beyond organics, and the family and community that drive it. It would inspire a rock to be more locally minded, but we’re pushing for it to hit consumers and their consciences.
I’m always really buzzed up about whatever it is I’m doing, because there is so much that needs to be done, all the people to be made more conscientious, to inspire beyond what they see now. We’re capable of maintaining a stable and beautiful environment here on ol’ Earthy, and it’s our responsibility to make it happen however we can. And to be honest, this is all I’ve ever known. My parents are the coolest, most switched on individuals anyone will ever meet. They really know what’s what. To see their courage, their sacrifices to contribute to our global community on the largest scale they possibly can, I’d be a total twat not to carry on their work as best I can.
If I could say anything to the collective world, it would be "Get yo' shit together!" Don’t let the overwhelming urge to indulge in the doom and gloom reports of hell descending perpetrate your beautiful, strong mind and body, and all of their magnificent capabilities that are desperately crying to make this place we love so much more glorious than it already is.
And take responsibility.
My grandfather used to say, “Humans are just like yeast, they eat all the sugar and then die in their own shit.”
I believe in people a whole lot more than that, and I really hope they believe in themselves too.
Can you describe your ideal pair of socks?
EXPLORERS! I always thought my dad wearing them was really lame growing up, but they are the best socks. Soft, warm, cosy, built to last. I’m 120% about quality over quantity. And hemp socks, the ones with the beautiful colourful patterns that you can buy in New Mexico.
Maybe Explorers and hemp socks should have some sock babies.
* Polyfaces has now been released and has been met with critical acclaim. www.polyfaces.com/