Updated: Jul 7, 2019
Film Alchemist 𖥵 Wild Woman
Getting raw in an interview with Bronte Lehmann
I met this incredible force of nature about one month ago. I had one look in her eyes and knew I had struck gold - She unleashes a cackle of laugher so pure, unapologetic and infectious, you cannot help but immediately feel good in her presence.
She is all dirt and vegetables and simultaneously sunshine and rainbows – she is paradoxically lightening and stormy nights that are oh-so-real, dark, cleansing, and needed.
A breathe of fresh air.
She will bring you down to earth and make you feel safe and welcome to be and reveal yourself.
In this chat with Bronte, we hope to extend a little or lot of her incredible energy out to you, to ignite, remind and deepen your own inner wild and real and true womanhood.
Who has inspired/s you most in your life? Why?
My Mother. She is a strong, resilient woman - still showing so much kindness and openness. Ever since I was a little girl she has taught me to think with an open mind, stand up for injustice and anything I believe in - all with a good sense of humour.
All humans who are open, honest and raw inspire me.
Most defining experience in your life so far in creation of the woman you are today?
Im not sure if I can pin point one moment - there have been many that have made me the women I am today, a person that I am proud to be.
I have always been surrounded by many amazing women who have become my sisters. Especially growing up in my late teens and early 20’s my circle of friends were always honest and open - I feel as though they have played a big part in who I am today.
When shooting film, what ignites your creative fire?
I absolutely adore the human spirit, and aim to try and capture that. Most of my photography is based on humans and interaction. We are all so different and have taken a different path to get where we are right in this moment.
I love shooting the rawness - the laugh lines, the crocked teeth, the stretch marks and the characteristics that make them, THEM.
What is something that challenges you often?
My own head. I always try to trust my gut over my head but it does get in the way. Your thoughts are strong, if they are negative then so will be your surroundings and experiences. So I try to keep my thoughts positive and calm, of course I’m human and its not always rainbows and lollipops. I’ve also learnt that making space for how you're feeling is really important. If you’re having a bad day, feeling crappy - that’s cool - make room for those feelings, sit with them and make mates with them.
What are your ritual/s for reconnecting to your centre?
The past year I have realised how important self care is. I love spending time on my own, I will happily spend a whole day not talking to anyone or seeing another soul. I will take a day off everything - work, washing, bills, and all the adult jobs/admin. I tend to write, go for walks, cook or even just do nothing and watch a movie. I often need to disconnect in order to reconnect.
What are your thoughts/views/feelings of social media?
Ah, thats a tricky one. Social media is an amazing platform for so many different mediums. I also have seen and personally felt the negative impact it can leave. The more honest and raw side people show on the App the more of a positive print it will leave. Its a highlight reel of people lives, leaving others comparing, especially women. Women are such amazing beings and it breaks my heart that we are comparing each other and not standing together and lifting each other up. In saying that, I do feel a shift coming.
What piece of advice would you gift your daughter?
Trust your gut darling, always trust your instincts.
What do you think we could all do everyday to make the world a better place?
Honestly I think we just need to be more kind and open, within ourselves and others. We all bleed the same colour and are all in the same battle and somedays just trying to get by. No-one is better than anyone else. We are all equal. Including the environment. If everyone treated each other with the same respect I feel as though things would be fairly different.
Where are you in 5 years… How does Bronte feel? What is she doing and who is she with?
To still be inspired and always laughing. Especially at myself. With camera in hand of course.