We had the good fortune of connecting with haya zoubi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi haya, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I am inspired by, in no particular order:
People: Oscar Wilde, William S. Burroughs, Madonna, Jim Morrison, Malcom X, John Cassavetes, Bret Easton Ellis, Guy Bourdin, Marlon Brando, Angela Davis, Sid Vicious, Anton Corbijn, Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Arthur Rimbaud…
Places: Los Angeles, Paris, Barcelona, St. Tropez. Also, I’ve been to Shanghai once, and I would like to go back again.
Books: On The Road, Black Swans, A Season in Hell, Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime, No Exit, The Beautiful and the Damned, Glamorama.
Movies: Apocolypse Now, Valley of the Dolls, Drugstore Cowboy, My Own Private Idaho, The Godfather I
Music: A Clockwork Orange Soundtrack
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am still a work in progress with my photography career. In the past I did PR and management for another photographer named Yvan Rodic. I landed him some pretty high profile brand campaigns. Back then I was only shooting for fun. I only started taking photography as a career for myself, seriously over the past two years. I am really hoping to expand and be able to shoot more in France and Italy over the coming years. I think what sets the aesthetic of my photography apart is my use of rich colors and also, I only shoot film. I know it’s super trendy to say “I shoot film” these days, and it’s kind of cringey even. But at my age, I’ve been shooting film since the 90’s in High School photography class and honestly I don’t really want to use a digital camera. I might change my mind someday but for now I really love the process of shooting on film and waiting to receive my images back rather than *click click clicking away to get shots on an instant digital camera.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would pick them up from the airport and drive them to Ceviche Project in Silverlake for an afternoon seafood snack and cocktails. Afterwards we would go roller skating at the Moonlight Rollerway. Followed by dinner at Pink’s Hotdogs.
The next day we would go to Geoffrey’s in Malibu for a seaside lunch and cocktails. We would then hang out on the beach for a while and I would take a lot of photos. For dinner time we would go to the Saddle Peak Lodge in Calabasas.
The following day we would enjoy a poolside lunch at the Sunset Tower. I would take more photos. For dinner time, we would go to Saddle Ranch on Sunset for drinks and fake bull riding.
In between all of these things, I would show them places like Echo Park Lake, Westwood Cemetery (Marilyn Monroe), the homes of Hancock Park, a drive up Mullholland, Greystone Mansion. I would also take them to LACMA and the Norton Simon museum. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I give a shoutout to my mom, dad and brothers because they love me unconditionally.
The first four images are Copyright Haya Zoubi, all taken by me. The last image is a photo of me, taken by my brother. No need for a credit.