[R]enell Medrano is the emerging Bronx-born photographer, filmmaker and Instagram supremo you need to follow. Her signature Lo-fi aesthetic has captured the attentions of everyone from Solange to Bella Hadid and recently shot a playful video to open What We Wear’s AW18 runway during London Fashion Week.
Supporting the concept of Real World, the short film features an array of street-cast workers – alongside ASAP Ferg and footballer Alex Iwobi – talking about their dream roles (Obama’s “best friend”? Beyoncé’s personal hugger? A Criminologist? The list goes on.) Hunger caught up with Medrano to talk normcore-casting, collaborations and bringing back the 90s…
Hi Renell! How would you describe your visual style? Do you prefer digital or film?
I would describe my photography and visual aesthetic as raw and timeless.I got into photography at the age of 14. I would often pick up my mom’s point and shoot camera and capture my friends. In terms of format, I prefer film but it’s not about what I shoot with, it’s about the connection I make with my subject.