If you know anything about me, then you’re aware of the fact that I’m not one to get shy around… pretty much anyone. But when I first got introduced to Charis Kirchheimer late night (and dead sober, don’t ask why) during one of the legendary Black Sunday nights at Bella Rose in Miami, I literally got star struck and started acting like a 14 year-old girl fool. Charis has got that fierce, magnetic look about her; a vixen style contrasting with her bright inner glow, and the mysterious vibe of one who knows better, but never lets it affect her ego. Thankfully, she liked me and welcomed me into her territory with a foxy smile, and in a matter of a few years (!), we have now become good friends. She even gave me a mustache silly band.
Charis by Lex Hernandez
Miami Heat comes to mind when we sift through her portfolio. Shooting tons of Miami-based influential artists, Kirchhheimer received great press for her collaboration on numerous nightlife art projects like the infamous Black Sunday as well as one of Miami’s preeminent art collectives known as The Overthrow. Her work has been featured in publications such as Ocean Drive Magazine, 944, The Miami New Times, and Missbehave.
The Art Of Murder
But as you take a peek deeper into her portfolio, you discover she is way more than a nightlife photographer.
LF: What makes you tick / what makes you click?
CK: Just the everyday situations I find myself in.
LF: Your photos look like you pretty much walk by action and snap by a picture. Knowing that some shoots are staged, what is a day in the life of a Charis shoot?
CK: Planning removes the fun of spontaneity. I like things to be more organic. I don’t usually like to plan out shoots, I like working with an idea and developing it as I’m shooting.
LF: Your murder series is brilliant. Tell me how the concept came about?
CK: The murders were the byproduct of an actual party concocted by Alexis Mincolla, wherein a party goer would die in the name of a good time.
LF: What are you working on now or something we can look forward to? What is the musing for it?
CK: I’m working on some long exposure series. I love leaving my shutter open to simulate dream-like images. Spirits are my musing behind this.
LF: Where would you choose to do a photo shoot if it could be anywhere in the world?
CK: Tokyo – Japan. It seems like a total different world from mine.
LF: What do you want to be when you grow up?
CK: I want to be an astronaut… (wink!)
LF: How do you LIVE FAST?
CK: Keeping up with what comes my way
Fashion talk: What’s your style? Favorite designer? Favorite trend?
I love wearing black. I like Vintage Chanel, Michael Kors, to name a few.
Art talk: what inspires you? Favorite artist or work?
I love the work of Francois-Marie Banier. It is really inspiring.
Sex talk: What gets you off? Literally or figuratively.
Mustache Rides. hahahaha.
Travel talk: Favorite destination or travel stories you want to share?
So far, everywhere I have visited is breathtaking. The world is a beautiful place.