Photographs and writing by Selma Wo
I’m Selma, an 18-year-old Ethiopian and freelance photographer based in Washington D.C.
This shoot was inspired by a crazy idea I had of turning a pantyhose into a top and by Ophelia from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. I am in love with John William Waterhouse’s series of Ophelia paintings and the idea of nature goddesses, or nymphs, so I tried to incorporate that same ethereal feeling into my photo series.
In general, I would have to say that my photographic process is very relaxed. Ideas just sort of come to me. I have an active imagination and I like to express myself through my photography, so a lot of my inspiration comes from within. I expand on my mood and feelings and incorporate them into my photos. I also really like the idea of photos being used to capture moments or create a timeless image in an ever changing world, so I really try to present a specific mood, vibe, or fantasy in them.