Arrow de Wilde’s photography caught my eye because many of her photographs are dreamy and atmospheric. Arrow is fifteen and she runs a blog with her friend, has a photography portfolio, and has started a band (just don’t ask her what the band is called). I decided to interview her because I wanted to know what inspires her as a photographer. We talked about Cherie Currie, her band, and feminism.
Isabella: How would you describe your personal style?
Arrow: Right now I’m really inspired by 70’s rock and roll. David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, New York Dolls, Cherie Currie in the Runaways. Lots of eye makeup, colorful clothing, and glitter-but still looking like someone you wouldn’t want to mess with.
I: Who are your favorite musicians? Do they influence how you dress?
A: Definitely Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, the Runaways, Grateful Dead, the Ramones, Van Halen…I could go on. Oh yeah, they for sure influence how I dress! Like I said before, I’ve been really inspired by glam rock and 70’s rock and roll in general lately.
I: Who are your style icons?
A: Currently, my biggest style icon is Cherie Currie. She was so badass yet glamorous at the same time. That’s what I want to be. Hell, I’m even going to get my hair feathered soon.
I: Where do you shop?
A: I usually just go to thrift and vintage stores. All the department and regular clothing stores kind of suck (and they’re way too expensive). Also, if you buy something at a thrift store, theres a 80% chance no one else will have it!
I: What are your hobbies?
A: I’ve been taking lots of music lessons lately, (drums, guitar, vocals, and sitar) so those have been my hobbies recently. I also have a band! We’ve been jamming and have started playing shows this summer. Don’t ask me our name because we’re still fighting over it.
I: Do you have a beauty regimen? What’s your philosophy about makeup?
A: I don’t have a beauty regimen…oh yeah, water…I wash my face with water, I promise. I guess depending on my outfit I decide what makeup I want. I like to do Cleopatra eye makeup….blue eye shadow on my eyelid up to my eyebrow, then big cat eyes on top of that. It usually looks pretty rad. I think that you should just have fun with makeup. It’s something that should be done for yourself whether it’s wild or pretty, not to impress anyone else. If anyone tells you otherwise, tell them to fuck off.
I: What are your favorite films?
A: My favorite movie would probably have to be Dazed and Confused, because the music and style in it is all so good. Other favorite films of mine are all of Wes Anderson’s movies, Submarine, Lost Boys, The Outsiders, Star Wars, Return of The Jedi, Empire Strikes Back, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink….again…the list could go on.
I: Which literary character do you relate to the most?
A: I feel like I relate to Weetzie Bat the most because of her style, and her romanticism for Los Angeles. I live in Los Angeles which I have always loved deeply. So far, I feel like I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
I: What inspires your photography?
A: Lots of photographs from the 1960’s inspire me. Of course, 60’s rock and roll photography inspires me but I’m also really into the documentary photography that captured the culture and the people of the time. I find it so interesting because that was when rock and roll was at its most powerful, but it was also starting to take a toll on everyone. You can see it happening when you are looking at those photos.
I: Who are your favorite photographers?
A: Some of my favorite photographers (well obviously my mom and grandpa, Autumn de Wilde and Jerry de Wilde), as well as William Eggleston, Robert Frank, Henry Diltz, Jim Marshall, and early Mick Rock. I put a lot of stuff I like on my Tumblr.
I: Are you a feminist? How did you discover feminism?
A: I am a feminist. I believe that men and women should work towards equality but I’m not into people ranting about how men suck. The point of feminism is equality not waging war with men. I feel like it defeats the purpose of feminism itself to be so hateful. Some men have done terrible things but so have some women. My friend Tavi introduced me to feminism when I was in eighth grade.
I: What is your opinion on the lack of diversity in the fashion industry?
A: I don’t really know a lot about the fashion industry right now. For some reason, everyone thinks I’m a fashion blogger. My friend Emma Carlson and I have a blog where we take pictures of each other in cool outfits. Then we post them. We thought we were sharing our photography. I guess people took it the wrong way or we are fashion bloggers and don’t even know it.
I: Who are your favorite artists?
A: Sigmar Polke, Picasso, Andy Warhol, Basquiat…I take inspiration from all kinds of art. I’m still learning and taking it all in.
I: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Cotton Candy from Baskin-Robbins and Black-Raspberry Chocolate-Chip from either Dr. Bob’s or Breyers.
I: Who are your favorite fashion designers?
A: Rodarte, Vivienne Westwood, Commes des Garçons, Meadham Kirchhoff, Peter Jensen, Miu Miu, and 1980’s Betsey Johnson.
I: How do you balance photography and other aspects of your life?
A: I don’t. I’m fifteen years old and still experimenting.
You can view Arrow’s photography portfolio here.