Meet Birralee Hassen

We call it the #ICMEETSERIES and thought it would be interesting to find out a bit more about the people behind the disposables. We asked a few IC contributors to tell us a bit about themselves and this is what we got in return…

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Birralee Hassen

Who are you?
I am me!

Where’s home?
Currently Byron Bay. But generally wherever my family and friends are. Which is all around the world.

What do you do for a crust?
I teach yoga, I take people on tours through the Stone and Wood brewery and work in the tasting room, I lay timber floors, and I own my own activitywear label Solsoya.

Can you tell us about your creative background?
Mm I don’t know if there is a background as such. I just like creating, so I do. Not having a TV growing up would probably be the best thing to know about my background.

Best advice you’ve ever been given?
“Make your bed in the morning and a good day will follow”. And “success = the ability to act”. And “accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of achievement”. I could keep going. So much advice so little time.

What do you do with your free time?
Ah surfing, art of some sort, slackling.

Tips for making your ideas and dreams come to life…
Don’t wait until you’re ready. Start something today. And write them down.

What inspires you to shoot film?
I love memories.

How did you come to connect with Indisposable Concept?
I saw a girl I know doing it and wanted in on the fun.

How did you find the experience of using the disposable camera? Enjoyable or painful?
It’s fun! I do need to start using a film camera though and not a disposable as I am churning through so many currently which is using a lot of unnecessary plastic.

How did it make you feel not being able to see the photos as they were taken and not being able to edit or know what the photos turned out like?
I always lose them and then find them weeks later. Which kind of adds to the fun because then I get a surprise when they are developed. And I do edit some of them, once they are developed, by painting over the top of them.

Analogue Vs Digital?
If we are talking watches then analogue.

It seems film photography and disposables are making a comeback, why do you think that is?
It brings back some authenticity into the process. It is so easy to take a million snaps on an iPhone. I personally don’t want a perfect photo, I want a real photo.

If someone destroyed all the disposable cameras in the world and you had the very last one, what would you capture?
27 selfies in a dark room with no flash.

What Does 2016 hold for you?
24 is for learning.

How would you describe your photographic style?
I don’t really know what I’m doing. I generally just take photos of nature and people.

Who or what influences you creatively?
Nature and people.

Where do you find inspiration?
Nature and people.

What’s the biggest issue facing the world right now?
Wow, there are so many. People need to start thinking of ideas that aren’t already in their heads. And more importantly questioning the ideas that are already in their heads. We need to change the way we think about climate change, agriculture and the amount of water being used, domestic violence, plastic use, consumerism, asylum seekers, social media dependency, parenting, creativity and the schooling system, I could go on.

Worry less about….? Focus more on….?
Worry less about others opinions of you. Focus more on yourself and how to be the best possible version of you. Heal yourself before can you heal others.

Fave place to shoot?