Aya, by Francesca Allen

Photographic diary of the birth of a friendship

The themes of adolescence and womanhood are omnipresent in Francesca Allen‘s work.

In her first book, published by Libraryman, the London artist deepens these subjects by photographing Japanese musician Aya Yanase, better known as Aya Gloomy.

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It’s hard to pinpoint why you find someone interesting, but for me it’s all about a connection.” explains Francesca to Twin.

The two women met on Francesca’s first trip to Tokyo. They do not speak the same language, do not have the same culture, but a chemistry and complicity is created during this intense month, where they do not leave each other, and where Francesca will use over 200 rolls of film.

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“We spent a lot of time in silence, or laughing at simpler things that perhaps neither of us would have found funny in any other circumstance”

In a mixture of studio photos and spontaneous portraits in soft colors, Francesca documents their mutual discovery and complicity. It is not a book about Tokyo, it is a book about Aya, about the magic that can be created by an encounter, about the birth of a friendship.

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Exhilarated by this experience, Francesca continues to explore femininity in new projects. She is currently working on a series dedicated to female friendships in collaboration with the British Journal of Photography.

You can see Francesca’s work on her website and follow her on Instagram.

Aya, by Francesca Allen

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