Melbourne-based photo-media artist Prue Stent has made quite a name for herself. Her pastel portraits, that have an almost mythical quality to them, have grabbed the attention of giants like Gucci, and her Instagram page alone has a cult following of 200k.
Collaborating mostly with her friend and artist, Honey Long, the young photographer has long outgrown her internet stardom. “I usually say I’m a photographer, I feel a bit funny saying I’m an artist,” she admitted in an interview with i-D. “I shouldn’t, because I don’t actually make any money off commercial photography. But I still feel a bit self-conscious about it. I guess it’s the uncertainty of being an artist, that it doesn’t really feel like a legitimate job and you never know when you’re going to have to go and seek other work.”
Her artistic process is spontaneous and playful with the result being unexpected and accidental, but always pleasing on the eye. Her work has been featured across the globe, in Los Angeles, Zurich, Rome, Tokyo, New York, and more.
“I’ve realised you can’t control everything and it’s important to keep your friends close and not become competitive,” said the photographer, talking about her artistic experience. “Surrounding yourself with artists is also important. Like if my Instagram got deleted, I’d be really annoyed, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world. The internet is such a funny place, I don’t want to feel too attached to it.”
Check out some of her more striking works.