20/20 Visions: Beri Allen-Miller

Photographer and poetry maven Beri takes inspiration from a taxidermy class

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Beri Allen-Miller’s film photographs of plush beds and blurred faces are her second love – the first is poetry. The 20-year-old Londoner has even got the poet name. Keats. Ginsberg. Miller. “With writing there’s a definite feeling of need. I get to just unload myself on to a page whereas photography is more about showing how I see things.” Growing up in Manchester, Allen-Miller was a sponge for all things creative. “My parents often took my sister and I to recording studios, their gigs, other people’s gigs and artist-studio dos.” Her poetry is a release, she says, and her photos are taken on a whim. But the life of a poet is hardly mundane. “I did a four-hour taxidermy class that I really enjoyed,” she laughs. “I’ve wanted to do a class for years!”

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1993 POP QUIZ

Patricia Arquette or Demi Moore?
Arquette.

Nirvana or Smashing Pumpkins?
Nirvana!

Wu Tang or A Tribe Called Quest?
Wu Tang.

Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton?
Bill Clinton denying sexual relations with that woman.

Edward Furlong or Christian Slater?
Christian Slater in The Heathers.

Jurassic Park or Groundhog Day?
Jurassic Park.

Trainspotting or The Virgin Suicides?
The film Trainspotting and The Virgin Suicides book.

Beavis or Butthead?
Beavis.

Mortal Kombat or Super Mario Bros?
(Tekken) Super Mario Bros.

Young and beautiful or old and wise?
Old and wise.

Dalston or Peckham? 
London.

Lollapalooza or LOLZ?
Lollapalooza.

RuPaul or Ron Jeremy?
Their love child.

Retro or future?
Future.

Drunk or sober?
Drunk.

War or peace?
Peace.

Night or day?
Night.

Party or bullshit?
Bullshit.

Beri wears crochet top by Dior.

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