When it comes to photography, Aleyn is truly one of my idols. I think of her photos as pages in a picture book: Dreamy, a bit mysterious and full of stories. I think it’s very fitting that I actually got to meet her because of a story involving a book, and how I recently bumped into her inside a bookstore. I’m so happy she loves books so much as I do!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your art/craft.
Hello! I’m Aleyn and I love to take pictures.
2. What are your favorite tools in creating art and why do you love them?
My Pentax k1000 and whatever 35mm film I can get my hands on.
I love them for the magic they give on my photographs. They help me make things happen.
3. Can you tell us about your daily routine or your artistic process?
It depends on my mood. I can be very productive at one point and be totally useless on another.
4. What inspires you? What makes you excited?
It always makes me so happy when I’m able to find interesting and inspiring blogs and websites.
Stories of people and stories from books inspire me greatly.
5. Who are the local and foreign artists you admire the most?
Far too many! I’m afraid I’ll miss out on one so I’ll just be safe and say that the artist I admire most is my dad.
6. Most inspiring place in the Philippines?
If I had the money, I’ll buy a lot there and build a house on top of a cliff overlooking the sea.
7. If you were stuck in an island and could only bring one thing with you, what would it be and why?
A really thick book of short stories. I need to get back to reading more so it’s good place to start. I love novels more but I might finish it in one sitting if it’s too good and may not be able to do anything after.
I thought of bringing my camera but since I can only bring one thing, I won’t be able to produce anything with just a camera and no film. Or a just film without a camera.
8. Favorite snack/s while creating art?
Well, it’s actually kind of hard to eat and shoot at the same time but when I’m sorting out photos, I love having a cup of tea and and some cupcakes around.
9. Earliest childhood memory related to arts/crafts?
There’s actually too many but I’ll just share my faves and that would be doing cross stitch on top of a tree and making tote bags using discarded cloths from my aunt’s sewing shop. I think was 10 when I did all these.
10. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a businesswoman because I used to sell stickers that you use as earrings to my classmates in 2nd grade and I thought you can just become one by doing just that.
11. What’s your current job now?
Head of Concept Development and Senior Video Editor. I’m also assigned to design the company collaterals and main office.
12. Favorite books and/or movies?
The Anne Series by L.M. Montgomery, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, Every Day by David Levithan and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Flipped (I like the book too!), Stardust (I like the book as well!), Harry Potter Series (I’m torn between liking the book or the movie more), Wes Anderson and Jane Campion films and a billion others.
13. What is your philosophy when creating/making art?
“Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.” -helps me to truly capture something extraordinary in the ordinary.
The Universe starts from scratch and you’re given the chance to be reincarnated as a famous artist. Which artist would you choose and why?
I wish to be Tim Walker because I love all his work. His photos are so beautiful and ethereal!
Where can we see your awesome work? (plug away!) What are you working on right now?
If you wish to purchase my postcard sets, you can order them here:
All photos are taken from Aleyn’s blog and website.