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At age 12, Eleanor picked up her first camera. By 16, the young photographer had already been featured in publications including Dazed & Confused, British Vogue, and the Independent. Throughout her nine-year photo career (yes, she's still only 21!) Eleanor has kept consistent with the dream-like, ambiguous nature of her work - which extends to her illustrations, films and music as well! Eleanor's impressive clientele list includes the Tate Modern, Urban Outfitters and Bullett Magazine, and she is currently a staff photographer for Rookie Mag and fashion designer Meadham Kirchhoff. Despite all her early success, Eleanor is a truly down-to-earth girl who talks like a surfer and lives in an old-people's home <3Name:Eleanor Hardwick Age:21 Location:London, England Occupation:Photographer
What inspired your Baby-G artist collaboration?
I recently watched this film called Liquid Sky that was directed in the 1980s and fell in love with the style of the protagonist. When I was asked to collaborate with Baby G, the first things that came to my mind was sci-fi and youth culture, so I wanted to combine those things into a story of a cyborg teenage girl wandering around a dystopian city.
How would you describe your work in general?
I'm really interested in juxtaposition between two things, whether that's light and dark, surreal and real, small and large, male and female.... At the moment, I like thinking about the idea of two opposing things on the end of an implied spectrum, and pushing those things, and the space in between those things, where they meet in the middle. Contrast between two things, but also a balance.
Best and worst things about being a full-time artist?
I get to do what I love, that's the best thing. The worst thing is having to have the thing you love dictated by money sometimes. But you can always find money somewhere anyway. It's more important to be broke and doing the thing you love than be rich and only to find that every piece of work you have made has been for someone else other than yourself.
Best soundtrack while working?
The four albums I constantly have on repeat when I'm working alone are Hounds Of Love by Kate Bush, The Moon and The Melodies by Cocteau Twins and Harold Budd, and My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts by David Byrne and Brian Eno. I'm also really into St Vincent at the moment, she gets me pumped when I'm shooting or on a mission.
What does BABY-G mean to you?
Baby G really reminds me of being young!