“I like people,” says Victoria Baker, which is a fortunate position for a portrait photographer. Victoria graduated from Falmouth College of Arts in England’s southwest, and her career was sparked freelancing with The Sunday Times and advertising giant M&C Saatchi. She was at this time, “a smaller fish in a bigger pond,” but relishes the exposure she gained. “It pushed me to define my own artistic identity.”
Moving to southwest Australia, Victoria has retained her focus. She was commissioned to photograph ‘The Bridgetown’ in 2013, which generated her project ‘Humans of Bridgetown’. “It was such a diverse mix of people,” Victoria remembers, “and proved that you can take interesting portraits on your doorstep.” This culminated in a book that featured 150 portraits to coincide with Bridgetown’s 150th year.
Victoria has extended the project, shooting Bridgetown’s ‘creatives’ and is also in demand for her wedding photography. “People expect me to be bossy and awful,” says Victoria but she allows her subjects to lead, “It’s ok to be awkward.” That said, there is no awkwardness here, Victoria’s portraits are polished yet endearingly true to life.
Davina Jogi, The Bridgetown 5