Although her fine art photography is her first love, Anna Moller makes no bones about being, in part, a commercial photographer. She's done promotional work for Loeffler Randall and, the day after we talked to her, she was off to shoot for a children's clothing line. "Kids are raw and natural," she says. "They don't have the cognition that adults have, so they're not stiff. And you can see it in them — that emotional pull. I hope that translates." Even on those kinds of work days, Moller shoots film — no digital stuff here — because she says it reads light better and because "you can't keep checking that display on the screen, so you have to go with intuition." As for her other work, she showed a series of landscapes shot in Sweden at New York's Wild Project Gallery, and a few years ago, she was awarded the Honorable Mention for "Best Fine Art Image" in the New York Photo Festival. Also, for the past two fashion seasons, Another Magazine
has thrown her in the backstage ring to shoot Alexander Wang, Thakoon, Richard Chai, and Y3. "There are so many things moving at once and also — holy crap! — people are so serious," she says. "High fashion is exhilarating." (We'll admit, we're a little surprised this tall, lithe beauty wasn't mistaken for a model and thrown onto the catwalk.)
Whether it's DVF's spring collection or scenes from her hometown of Rowayton, CT, Moller wants to leave an emotional impression with her photographs. "I want people to feel connected," she says. "I want them to think, 'I belong to something, and something belongs to me.'"
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Photographed by Tom Hines.