Shoot the Breeze: Isobel Rae

Isobel Rae invites us into her intimate friend group and engrosses us with the chronicles of her close personal relationships. The Vancouver-based photographer’s work plays with the classical idea of the muse, taking inspiration from painting techniques that come through in her composition and lighting. Her innocent, light-bathed muses exude an intriguing early adolescent emotional volatility as they relax in a variety of different places and spaces. – Madeleine Jennings





1. How would you describe your photos?
I think I’d describe them with the word poised. I’m interested in the awareness of the camera and not trying to fake a candid moment. Exposing the production of the image I guess.

2. Do you carry your camera with you everywhere you go?
I used to when I shot with my point and shoot, but then it broke. I do really like taking pictures on my phone though, I think my library is at about 15,000 right now.

3. What celebrity would you like to shoot most?
Rihanna or Kim Kardashian

4. What animal would you like to be, if not a human?
I think a bear… you get to live in a pretty place and get to sleep through the winter

5. What’s your current obsession?
I’ve been playing “how come you never go there” by Feist on repeat lately. Also “candy” by Iggy Pop. I also can’t stop watching Extreme Homes on Netflix, its really cool.






6. Would you like to live forever?
Definitely not.

7. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t take other peoples actions personally. From my mum.

8. What do you do in your spare time?
Hang out with my cat and edit photos, and lately I have been painting a lot. and I like to go dancing with my friends on the weekend.

9. Do you like having your photo taken?
No never, unless I am taking the photo, selfies and stuff I’m ok with.

10. Which photographers do you like right now?
Sarah Jones, Larry Sultan always, Greg Girard, An-My Le, Jeff Wall always as well.