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From there to Here: photographer Juno Calypso

We continue our series of articles introducing the speakers at It’s Nice That’s annual symposium, Here 2017, with photographer Juno Calypso. We asked Juno to share a piece of work created at the outset of her career and a more recent piece, then reflect on the progression between the two.

Photographer Juno Calypso’s star has continued to rise over the past 12 months. Her work explores ideas of femininity and seduction through self-portraits of her alter-ego Joyce. Juno’s series of images taken in the Honeymoon Hotel in Pennsylvania were a captivating, intimate and unsettling portrait of a fictional stranger.

Since 2012 Juno has picked up a slew of awards including, most recently a Foam Talent award and she was selected as one of It’s Nice That’s inaugural Ones to Watch in 2016. Her work has appeared on the cover of FT Weekend Magazine, AnOther Magazine, and The British Journal of Photography.

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Agency, 2011

What is the work? Why was it created?

It’s from a project I did as a BA photography student, responding to a brief called “Digital” or something like that.

What did you learn while doing it?

That I had a funny face.

What do you think of it now?

I’m thinking, I can’t remember how I did my make up and hair so well. The lighting and studio backdrop is boring but I guess that’s the look I was going for.

How does it relate to your current work?

This was the start of the project I’m still working on now, it’s evolved a lot, but this was the start of me doing a character.

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Sensory Deprivation, 2016

What is the work? Why was it created?

This picture was made because I wanted to add more to my Honeymoon project, so I went back to the hotel and took this. When I arrived I lay in the bath and looked up and this is what I saw in the mirror above, so I found a way of turning that reflection into an image.

What would you tell your younger self about this work?

It’s easier than you think.

Alongside Juno, this year’s speakers include fashion designer Christopher Raeburn, graphic designer and illustrator George Hardie, artist Ryan Gander, graphic design agency Triboro, graphic artist James Jarvis, graphic designer Astrid Stavro, art director and photographer Carlota Guerrero and artist (and one of It’s Nice That’s Ones to Watch 2017) Marguerite Humeau

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