There seems to be very little on the internet about Hyoin Bae; the 20 year old freelance photographer who is based world-wide. Born and raised in Korea, Hyoin has journeyed her way around the world with her cameras in tow. From NewYork to Hong Kong to London, everywhere she goes she captures the life of those around her, telling stories with her images. With a no-nonsense style of work that can only be described as truthful and raw, most of Hyoin's portfolio consists of incredibly intimate portraits of her friends and those she meets on her travels but also includes various lookbooks and editorials that she's done. A true free spirit with 'sincere' and 'unaffected' tattooed on her ankles, 'less is more' on her wrist, Hyoin Bae (prouncounced hio-in-bei) is the most exciting person on my instagram feed right now and personally, I can't wait to see who or what she photographs next as her adventures continue.

Describe yourself in 3 words… 

Sincere, Unaffected and Unpredictable.

What’s your earliest memory?

 Not the earliest memory but memorable one is, when I went on a little trip to the next town with only a toy map. I was like, 7 years old. I knew the map wouldn't make sense but I just wanted to give it a try.

You've lived and travelled to so many places around the world - any favourite hangout spots?

 My favorite hangout spots are my hometown (middle of Korea), Seoul, Hong Kong, Vancouver and Stockholm.

When and how did your interest in photography begin?

 I started to take pictures with my own camera since I was 9 or 10. I've just loved to capture the moments of anything interesting and people around me.

What advice would you give to someone starting off in photography and wanting to make a career out of it?

I didn't go to college at all nor learn photography. I just learned by playing with cameras and kept doing my things whether others care or not and that's how I got all those works. What I want to say is, Where and what you do don't matter that much. the fact you do something means a lot itself because you learn something from anything and anyone in any case. nothing can be that bad in the end. Just enjoy what you're given and don't stop.

When you don't have a camera in your hand, what are you doing?

Always listening to music, watching movies, reading books, writing, taking photos with my iPhone, singing, dancing, looking at photos of dogs, watching people, chilling with family/friends...

What are your hopes for the future? 

I want to have exhibitions in as many cities as possible, going on a volunteer trip and also take photos there, have my own gallery when I'm old and I want to have a happy life with a wise and hot husband in a happy house.

And finally, what makes you happiest? 

Music, warm, sincere and nice people (like my people), gentle breeze, dogs, memories, my cameras...


What were you doing when you were a young thang? I have a vivid memory of my 13 year old self forcing my friends to act like reindeers while I took on the dominating role of Santa Clause. More embarrassing than cute, and definitely something I should never mention again. Maybe it has something to do with today's technology or horse meat being sold under the guise of nutritious cheeseburgerz but teens these days seem to be a lot cooler than I could ever hope to be. Example: Ophelia Horton. Ophelia started her blog 'who's that girl?' when she was 12 and has since been called England's answer to the popular Tavi Gevison aka The Style Rookie, been featured in various press including The Evening Standard and Grazia Magazine to name but a few, and somehow between studying and just general living, Ophelia contributes to The Pulp Zine.

Admittedly I was ready to write her off as a novelty of sorts when I first heard about her, but then I actually read her blog and started following her on twitter and quickly realised she's a clever, witty girl with the most fantastical wardrobe that I would like to send back in time to myself... please. Sharing her thoughts on everything from women's rights to photos of her friends to her favourite fashion looks, her blog is a fun read, and Ophelia is someone who definitely shouldn't be overlooked. With that said, go check her blog out now!

How did you first become interested in fashion and blogging? 
As a kid I was always really opinionated and independent when it came to dressing and picking clothes (velvet tops and stripy dungarees and lots of funky/trashy 2000 pieces of course) and I remember my mum always being a bit of a diva. My mum was a big fan of the online shopping store asos and their magazine used to come into the post every month. I used to do the typical routine of ‘I like that’ or ‘don’t like that’ as a kid and I became more and more interested in it all. I found out about Topshop aged 11 years old, just before Christmas and I ended up with a list full of the boring crop tops and popular checkered shirts etc. Of course my parents refused to buy me any of them so in the next Spring, when hearing that my sister’s friend had her own vintage fashion blog, I decided it would be the perfect way to mourn over my deprivation of nice clothes and combine my obsession with topshop and my knowledge from the asos magazines to write about trends. And on from there I went.

What are your top 3 things right now? Books, movies, music, fashion stuff, whatever! 
Books? I don't really read that much anymore to be honest, which is terrible, but there is this one book that I wanted to read and I can't even remember it ugh. I remember being a huge fan of the cherub books in year six, but since then I have read little more than blogs and rookiemag etc. Music? Urrrr I just have stuff from everywhere around really; I have been listening to 'Beautiful Girls' (by Sean Kingston?) because it keeps playing at parties and is getting into my head, Imagine Dragons, Darwin Deez, Beyonce, Grimes, Charlie xcx, there's so much. Fashion stuff? ahahah I dunno, everything I guess. 
What's the best thing about being young? What's the worst? 

Ohhh youth. Pros: squeezing into places, being cute, getting in to places free? I can’t thinkkk lol. Cons: people judging you, people stereotyping you, people not taking you seriously, and many more but of course I could never forget the classic look of distain.

You've mentioned before that you're a feminist - what does the word 'feminism' mean to you? 
To me a lot of it means choice, but also equality. In a way my feminism isn't very activist but more just trying to change the little things that are 'normal' like people catcalling and stuff like that, which goes unseen because 'it's not the 1940s' ugh. I wouldn't say I'm an expert at all, I still have so much to learn but yeah I don't really know what else to say. 
What are your hopes for the future? 

To have fun??? I literally have no idea

And finally, words to live by? 

poo poo poo