"Shoots that are too fashion-y, or too planned, I don't enjoy," she admits. This seemed surprising as a lot of her career thus far orbits Fashion and its industry. Having just returned from a trip to Southeast Asia's Burma with her family, where she was shooting solely for the love of the art and their culture, her logic makes sense, "even if I don't make money from photography, whatever, I just wanna do it." Her decisiveness to pursue a passion despite any difficulties she may face is admirable; shooting exclusively on film is an expensive habit too, perhaps it’s her forthcoming attitude in business that’s attracted high-profile clients to her services as a photographer.
Returning to London and immediately sending her photos off to be developed, it was easy to tell Erika has a genuine love for the practise of photography.
"A journey through life, a documentary," she tells me of her wishes to explore the world through photographs. I ask if there’s anything else she’s hopeful about, or developing toward, “I do want to do more stories, I am very much a visual person, but some things you can’t explain just through photographs.” Considering the strong following Erika’s amassed online, whether from her own photography, or self-styles throughout the years, storytelling seems like the natural progression for the magazine founder to take; with a platform like Sukeban in her roster, a platform that allows artists to explore their artistry and form narratives from their process, it seems Erika’s beginning in storytelling is truly cyclic, and an organic transition.