Feb 07, 2017 11:04AM

Meet The Artist: Bec Capp

Wish you were here.
Bec Capp runs an excellent retail/gallery space in Melbourne where she boosts artist and art fans through exhibitions, screenings, performance and workshops. She's also got a bit of knack for taking really great pictures and turning them into books. She launched a self-published photo book in January, called La Docle Vita, described as "a photo book by a tourist contemplating tourism and cultural difference". Take a glance at her snappy work in the gallery above, and get to know her below:
Name: Bec Capp
Nickname: Beej
Star sign: Pieces 
Where did you grow up and where are you living now? I moved to Frankston from Highett when I was 10. I have lived in the inner CBD suburbs for about 6 years and I am currently in Fitzroy. 
What impact did those places have on you/your work? I'm not sure if Frankston had any impact on my work, though since living in the city I have noticed the impact of where I live on my work. Primarily the photographic and artistic communities here, which have been of great motivation, influence and inspiration.  
What were you like in high school? I was a competitive swimmer. Homework and parties came second to swimming for the most of it.  
In what ways have you changed since then? I hate swimming. Learning stuff and parties are higher priorities in my life now. 
If you had to describe your artistic output in five words, what would you call it? An exercise in mindfulness 
What's the story behind 'La Dolce Vita’? I went to Italy for a friends 30th Birthday, he hails from Naples. He showed us the Italian way of life, and the saying "La Dolce Vita" meaning "The Sweet Life" became a bit of a joke. I was really snap happy over there, observing all the small differences in the places I visited, as well as observing tourism itself. 
Traveling can be both liberating and isolating, is this a conflict you were attempting to explore in the book? Definitely. I love watching people who have absolutely no shame in using selfie sticks. It's awesome. I also find it interesting when people travel to see monuments or postcard hotspots, for the purpose of taking pictures of yourself in-front of it. There isn't anything wrong with it - it simply doesn't really represent the atmosphere or sense of place of a travel destination at all. There is something isolating about this notion of photo taking to show you went somewhere — where as i find discovering the small and beautiful differences of a foreign place quite liberating.
Best piece of advice you've ever received? "It's not what you know it's who you know" and "Be nice to everyone" (thanks Dad).
Whose work do you admire, who's doing cool things atm? My friend Nicholas Wilkins is a great photographer and I admire his work a whole bunch. 
What three songs are currently soundtracking your life? 
The Space Program -  A tribe called quest 
Atmosphere - Jack J
Come on Home - Lijadu Sisters
How do you define your cultural identity? I think cultural identity and understanding your own position is really important, I am a white Australian which brings me enormous privilege. 
Were there any standout lessons about other cultures that you took away from your travels? Never assume anything, be open minded and remember your own position and what that might mean to people of a different cultural background to your own. 
What ideas/beliefs are important to you? I believe in being mindful, kind and generous to everyone, whenever you can. 
What would your last meal be? Chocolate fondue fountain with chicken parmas on the side. 
What's the best thing on the internet? 
What do you want to be when you grow up? Really, really zen
If people take one thing away from this project what would you want it to be? Slow down a lil bit 
Photos: Bec Capp

Hayley Morgan