‘Sai Villafuerte and capturing beauty in the mundane and ordinary’
Words by Denise Fernandez
Interview with Scout Magazine, September 2017

“In a world of incessantly proliferating images, the idea that a moment can go unrecorded seems unfathomable,” photographer Sai Villafuerte writes in her photo essay’s introduction. “My images hope to challenge this, evoking a sense that time and space have been left suspended. There is a certain beauty that is captured during moments of silence and contemplation, such as in the act of holding one’s breath. This kind of mindfulness is sacred where if ‘the breath is irregular, the mind is unsteady’ as quoted in the fifteenth-century Sanskrit text Hatha Yoga Pradipika, ‘But when the breath is still, so is the mind and [one] obtains the power of stillness.’”

In Sai’s Holding Your Breath, she captures various images from different locations across Europe, focusing on mundane, yet intriguing visions. We got to talk to the London-based photographer about the art scene in England versus Manila, the essence of analogue, and why photo essays remain relevant to this day. See the full interview below along with photos and text from Holding Your Breath.

Read the full interview here.

‘Sai Villafuerte Unlooped’
Words by Samuel Schulze
Interview with, July 2017

Anna Isabelle ‘Sai’ Villafuerte is a freelance writer and photographer based in London who focuses on the everyday and finds the beauty in the most mundane of settings.

With her multicultural background, having grown up in the Philippines and spending her recent years in London, Sai exposes the traits of a city and country’s culture through urban and natural environments. These environments highlight the unique personalities of each place, whilst also creating an all-encompassing portfolio that shows the shared commonalities between, for example, the streets of Amsterdam to the heart of Manila.

By choosing to photograph ‘ordinary’ places, Sai makes them extraordinary. Beauty can be found in any setting and she gives every place she photographs the story it so rightfully deserves. It is a rare and special skill to tell the narrative of places where one does not naturally appreciate its allure. When done with her unique, experimental style it allows for more people to relate and understand her pictures by connecting it to their everyday lives.

Along with experimenting with her choice of setting, Sai also plays around with the tools of her trade. A number of photos from her 2017 portfolio have been taken using a 1980s Soviet Ukrainian camera where the resulting images give a sense that time has stood still, allowing the weaving of both the past and present. Sai spoke to us this week about herself, her work and what she thinks about creative discovery.

Read the full interview here.