LITTLEK (CHELSEA BADGER)
You’ve shot for some incredible female musicians such as Alison Wonderland, Vera Blue, and Owl Eyes —What are the 3 most valuable things you’ve learned from working with them? Also, can you please introduce yourself?
Hello! I’m Chels and I photograph under the alias name of Littlek. I’m 22, studying and always doing way too many things at once. You’re right, I’ve worked for a lot of really incredible people and have learned a lot of lessons along the way. I guess the main lesson I’ve learnt is what makes you valuable, is being true to yourself. And that there is no easy way to the top. Everything, for everyone, involves a lot of hard work and to be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way. There’s a lot to be learnt in every aspect of life, and the more we learn, the more we grow.
What can you tell us about your new OPEN Series?
Of course! OPEN is my baby, my first photo series. It came about really suddenly and randomly, but once I had my mind on it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it and knew I needed to do it. OPEN is a photo series that documents personal sex-toy collections owned by Australian women. It’s about opening up on the conversation on female masturbation and sexuality and encouraging women to talk about it more, as overall it seems to be a hush-hush subject.
What are you working on at the moment? Any big plans coming up?
Well, in 2 weeks I’m moving to Madrid, Spain for six months. So that’s big! I’ve just been working really hard and sorting out all my stuff for that lately since it’s been a really last minute thing.
What does body confidence mean to you? Is it something you’ve ever struggled with and why?
Body confidence to me is having the ability to understand that there is no one ideal body type and that no body is better than another body. Body confidence to me also means understanding that our bodies are our shells and not just more than that. Our bodies protect us and carry us, our interests, personalities, and passions are what makes us go far in life.
I struggled a lot with my body as a teenager, and being at an all girls school didn’t help much either. But everything has changed slowly, especially when you get into the real world and realise your skills are actually so much more valuable than anything about your body.
What’s it like being a woman in the creative industry? Do you find that it has its challenges at times?
I guess it’s the same as being a man, except people call you ‘cute’ and ‘hun’ a whole lot more and guys think it’s ok to hit on you in professional situations. I’ve had a few bad experiences, but on the flipside, I’ve also worked and had great friendships with a lot of really respectable dudes in the industry. I think things are changing, slowly, but we’re getting there. We just need to get more girls into every aspect of the creatives.
What or who have been some of your main creative influences?
Taylor Swift, through and through.
Where have been your favourite places to travel and have those places influenced your work?
Without a doubt, it’s been America. American’s are welcoming, passionate and so enthusiastic it’s the best thing ever. They take chances, they work hard, and they’re just honestly the best people in the world. I had the time of my life in America and will never forget that work ethic. I don't think it influenced my work but it influenced me as a person that's for sure.
When it comes to female support – what comes to mind for you? Is it positive or negative?
Mainly positive, but I think I've been lucky in that regard. I think it's just a standard that means to be set and stuck too. If we only show and promote positive support, then there's no reason why women would think it's ok to not support each other.
What’s your favourite part of your body and why?
Wow, this was a surprisingly a hard question. I don't think I can pin point one part of my body more than another. Just happy in general with what I've been given.
What’s your idea of empowerment?
Empowerment is that feeling you get when you start to believe you can really do something and do it well. It's that light inside of you that flicks on and allows you to slay at life
What message do you have for those who are struggling with body confidence/self-love/weight or appearance issues? – What’s helped you in the past?
Hang in there, it gets easier. Focus on your talents, your skills and your friendships.
Your dream job/project/collaboration – tell us about it?
Taylor Swift + Me + Touring!
What the biggest risk you’ve taken to date? What were the pressure points and was it worth it?
Does photographing Laneway on crutches with a ruptured ACL count as risk taking? haha
As you’ve gotten older – how has your perception of your body and confidence changed?
I've come to a lot more peace with it. Like i said before what i can do is a lot more valuable that what i actually am. I feel a lot more confident with being confident. I used to feel like i couldn't be confident because it would be taken the wrong way, but now not so much :)