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Akila Berjaoui
Akila Berjaoui
Akila Berjaoui’s incredibly sensual photographs often feature sun, water and women —or a combination of the three. With our collection of her prints, this highly sought-after fashion photographer, armed with an array of her favourite old analogue cameras, takes us to breathtaking seaside locations, including her hometown in Australia, her beloved Italy, to France and Bali, to name just a few.

“Italian beaches. Tanned limbs strapped into bikinis. Muscled hams in brief swimsuits. Wooden speedboats. Striped umbrellas.”

Blinq has worked with Akila for many years and now brings to you a curated collection of the best Akila Berjaoui photography. Beach Bums, Capri Magic, Paloma Beach and The Silver Bullet are only a few of Akila’s most famous work. If you’re in love with the fabled La Dolce Vita dream and let’s face it who isn’t, you’ll adore the photography of Akila Berjaoui.

The Silver Bullet by Akila Berjaoui
The Silver Bullet

The sometimes Berlin, sometimes Barcelona, sometimes Sydney-based photographer searches for a “sensuality and timelessness” in her photos of Positano beaches, of girls in swimming pools and couples entwined under umbrellas.

Some of Akila’s work is straight photo journalism, she’ll grab her old Nikon film camera and aim at whatever pleases, but she also likes to drop a particularly striking model into an already fabulous tableau.

“I have a certain girl I shoot,” she says. “Girls with a vulnerability in their eyes. I want to capture their raw beauty, their sensuality. I like the girls that are cheeky and provocative and who are comfortable in their own skins.”

But, not perfect.

The Spanish Fountain by Akila Berjaoui
Spanish Fountain

“I do like girls with big wide blue eyes but I also look for imperfections. A lot of people don’t believe these girls are top models because they look too girl-next door. There’s no makeup, little styling. I don’t want it to look contrived.”

Akila Berjaoui photography is shot, mostly, around the islands and coast of Italy, a country that Akila spent two months in last year. “I love the light, I love the beaches, I love the freedom,” she says. “It’s that freedom from the constraints of time. You’ve got all these towns built thousands of years ago and all the Italians lazing around in the sun. Time is certainly not of the essence. They’re not too concerned about being anywhere. It’s a particular type of freedom that I like very much.”

Capri Magic by Akila Berjaoui
Capri Magic

Akila, if you were wondering, was named after her “divine” Turkish-Cypriot grandmother and means “quiet and wise” in Turkish.

And, if you ask Akila to describe her style of shooting, what defines her photography, she replies,

“Honesty.”

For the full collection of Akila Berjaoui art photography click here or visit her website here.

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