Spotlight Interview – Matt Darlington Creative Photography

Matt Darlington is a creative commercial photographer from Cirencester in the UK. When we checked out Matt’s creative shots with a unique edge we were really keen to share some of his work with you. Despite Matt’s current commitments, working on a creative project with Dior and Selfridges we were really happy when he agreed to be interviewed by Urbanity Chic. Read on to find out about, amongst other things, which fashion designers he is inspired by, what he’s recently been working on and what he’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Matt Darlington Creative Photography

 

Q: How did you get into professional photography?

I got in to it just from having a love of photography, it’s something I have always enjoyed and still do when I’m working. I can’t think of anything better to do in life than doing some thing I enjoy each day.

 

Q: What do you enjoy most photographing?

There not just one thing I enjoy photographing. I enjoy everything to do with creating an image. I like to have a change every so often to keep things fresh. With fashion photography, I enjoy meeting new people, working with them and their ideas. Also seeing some of the new stuff designers come up with is really exciting.

 

Q: How has the last 12 months been for you?

The last 12 months have been crazy! I started getting more of my work out and started to get spotted more. The other major thing over the last 12 months would be my internship with Rankin. That was the hardest, most painful and difficult few months I have done, but enjoyed every part of it and learnt so much. It was non-stop and always had to be ready to go. I had to do some crap jobs during it, but also had to do some amazing stuff too.

Since then I have been working on more fashion shoots.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

There isn’t one person that inspires me; many people inspire me. It could be someone I’ve just met or a family member. It depends on what I’m thinking about and what project I’m working on.

 

Matt Darlington Creative Photography

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

I love Kate Moss. She is great fashion icon. Maybe not in her personal life, but what she does with fashion is amazing. I’m a big fan of the ‘Cool Britannia’ and she’s the queen of it! A lot of the stuff she does has a British vibe and it’s what I like to do with my own work too. When I was doing my internship with Rankin I did get to meet her.

 

Q: What makes a good photographer in your opinion?

It’s important to try to get what you’re thinking out in the photo. Don’t just snap and think that will do, but try your best to always get whatever you saw before you took the photo. A good photographer will always be able to portray how they saw the world the moment the shot was taken.

 

Q: Do you prefer using film cameras or digital?

I always use digital now. It’s easier and a lot faster. However, I have been playing about with film recently. It’s been interesting to go back to it and having to wait for the outcome of a shoot.

 

 

Q: Do you prefer to shoot on location or in the studio?

I enjoy both. The studio is more relaxing as you know where everything is and what’s going to happen to some degree. When you’re on location it all becomes a bit more fun, rebuilding areas for the glam squad to work from, where to do the photos and no-one’s ever to sure what the weather will do. It’s all good fun!

 

Q: Do you have any interesting stories about a particular photo shoot you’d like to share?

A shoot I did not too long ago was a nightmare, but it all ended up great. It started when I had to pick up one of the models from London the night before the shoot. Just as I got there, some one from the location where I was meant to be doing the shoot the next day had to cancel! I went mental and emailed everyone I knew to find a good location.

After an hour I had an email back and ended up booking Ollie Proudlock’s mums house! All was fine, and then one of the other models cancelled, again a ring round and all sorted. Then at 11pm the hairstyles cancelled, could not believe my luck! By 12am I had every thing sorted and ready for the shoot the next day. The shoot went really well and ended up with some of my best stuff.

 

Q: Do you have a specific style of photography that makes you unique?

I think most of my style is done in postproduction. When I shoot I will try to set the lighting up so it’s low lit and I use a single studio flash as a spot. I do like to get some sort of Brit feel in my photos, with props or colour tones.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

Of my own photos it’s the stag’s head photo I did. It was the start of my following and was when I started to get spotted more.

With regard to other photographers’ work, I really enjoy the series of work called Jesus is my homeboy, by David LaChapelle. They are a great mix of being dark and daring.

 

Matt Darlington Creative Photography -- Matt’s Favourite Shot

Matt Darlington Creative Photography

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

Apart from Rankin that I did my internship with, I really enjoy Tim Walker’s work. He creates some crazy and amazing work that’s always looks so simple and at the same time really complicated.

 

Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with (either behind or in front of the camera)?

I would love to do a shoot with Lilly Cole. She has such a great look.

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

It’s a day-to-day thing; I always like to make sure I look good. Fashion is a personal thing as well, what one-person likes you may not, so wear what you think looks great.

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

I like the mix of smart and rough look. I often wear a smart suit jacket with an old t-shirt, good quality jeans and old work boots. The old military jackets you see in some of my photos are mine and often wear them out. They do stand out a bit.

 

Matt Darlington Creative Photography

 

Q: Where are you based?

I’m based in Cirencester.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

It’s a small Cotswold town. Its nice small area that has a lot of great locations for photo shoots. I often have to go to London for some of my photo shoots, but mostly working from Cirencester

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

One of my highlights was when I got a call from Pete Doherty and was invited to his home to do a series of photos.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in the future?

I’m hoping to do a book of my work, would love to see it on everyone’s coffee table.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

What I do I find relaxing? The build up of a shoot is stressful, but when shooting itself I’m relaxed and happy. Always on shoots I have people that are friends and I have worked with a few times, so it’s always good fun and can’t think of any thing better.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

Each year I go to Fort William in Scotland. I go there during the winter when they have snow so I can snowboard Nevis. The views are amazing and never get tired of them. Also they have great whiskey up there.

 

Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?

I have a really mix of stuff. I have Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Rey and Skrillex. A good random mix, I do have some older stuff on there too and my guilty pleasures as well.

 

Matt Darlington Creative Photography

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

When I have not got a camera in my hand I enjoy snowboarding, mountain boarding and land boarding. Basically any thing I can strap a board to my feet and go either downhill or be dragged by a kite. You get some fantastic views from some of the places. You have to go to do it.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

I like to think of an idea and see it come real for everyone to see. I’ll come up with the basics of my photos in my head and find it hard to explain to people. So when they finally see the finished photo they then get to see what I was on about.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

If you like to see more of my work, please check out my website.

 

Editors Note: Matt Darlington takes creative chances to make some really appealing Avant-garde inspired shots. Definitely one of Urbanity Chics photographers to watch!

 

If you’d like to contact Matt Darlington or check out more of his impressive portfolio of work just follow the links below:

Twitter link: http://twitter.com/#!/mattdarlinphoto

Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Matt-Darlington-Creative-Photography/186236268065400

Web page link: http://www.mattdarlingtonphotos.co.uk

Fan Interview – Stephen Rainer from Life in Images

Stephen Rainer is a professional photographer from Lowestoft in the UK and is the founder of the photographic studio Life in Images. In December we interviewed Stephen for Urbanity Chic (http://urbanitychic.com/2011/12/the-spotlight/photographers/spotlight-interview-stephen-rainer-from-life-in-images/) and since have received lots of positive reviews from our readers about his portfolio. Due to this, shortly after Christmas we asked Stephen if any of his fans would like to ask him some questions that we could include at the end of the interview. Stephen set up a post on his Facebook page and invited anyone to ask him questions about his photography. Wow! We were blown away by the response so decided to give Life in Images another feature on the site incorporating his fan’s questions and showcasing his latest shoot.

 

Life in Images

Life in Images

 

Read on to find out about how Stephen compares stills to film, what his creative goals for a project are and what it is about people that Stephen enjoys photographing most.

 

Emma Teader Do you prefer shooting stills or motion, because I’ve seen that you’ve worked on a couple of short films recently?

 

Stephen Rainer I guess if I really had to choose I’d say stills. I love the principle behind capturing a single moment. It’s completely alien to our everyday life and that makes it more interesting right off the bat. Motion is still relatively new to me so I am very keen to do more. I find that I approach motion as a stills photographer and try to make the shot work as a still to begin with.

 

Emma Teader What is it in particular you enjoy about stills. And at is your favourite thing to capture? i.e. do you take pictures of random thing that look interesting to you or do you prefer the organised fashion shoots etc…?

 

Life In Images Emma -- I seldom shoot random. Something or somewhere would have to inspire me to break away from my main focus. I had a little random spree whilst on location at McLean House recently which I have to say I enjoyed very much. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150528134488214&set=a.10150528134078214.370347.175151623213&type=1&theater

 

Life in Images

Life in Images

 

Cheryl Tate Stephen your photos are fantastic, each one captures the subject in a way that makes you want to know their story. What kind of environment do you prefer to work in? And why? Studio or out on location?

 

Life In Images Cheryl -- Thank you for the kind comments. I think I answered that question during my last interview with Urbanity Chic, http://urbanitychic.com/2011/12/the-spotlight/photographers/spotlight-interview-stephen-rainer-from-life-in-images/

 

Chris Hill Do you prefer shooting people or objects/places?

When shooting people, do you prefer staged/posed pictures or natural scenes?

Do you have a goal, somewhere you’d like this to take you? Or are you just happy to enjoy whatever happens, when it happens?

 

Life In Images Chris -- People, without a doubt. For me, nothing compares to the personality and versatility from one person to the next. I really couldn’t choose between posed and natural -- it’s whatever fits the circumstance and requirement I guess, but I enjoy both equally for different reasons.

 

Life In Images Chris -- I find it difficult to define a goal with any accuracy because I don’t think I would be happy settling for one discipline. I do know (and work hard) that I want to be successful however that shapes up.

 

Life in Images

Life in Images

 

 

Karen Vanstaen Stephen, you are such a talented individual, the pictures you took of my baby girl caught her happy little character and I will always cherish them. Are you aware of the impact of your work when you are photographing?

 

Life In Images Hi Karen -- great question. I think this works both ways and is applicable in most disciplines. I am often told by models how much they enjoyed shooting with me and that they actually learned something from the way I work which of course makes me feel good in turn and builds my own confidence. I think the best example of this would be a ‘help portrait’ I did in Dec last year for the community dance group. The idea is to give those who need it an enjoyable day and a lift. This really worked both ways as everybody involved had the most wonderful experience. Remembering this as I type is making me smile 🙂 Ps. Glad you like your photos!

 

Life in Images

Life in Images

 

Sophie Jewry Hi Stephen, love your photos -- you really have an amazing eye for a shot. Does that come from experience or do you think it’s a natural talent? Perhaps a bit of both? It’s been lovely to have a look through all the different styles of images you’ve taken that are on your Facebook page -- do you have a shoot that stands out in your mind as the best one you’ve done -- perhaps best in terms of quality of finished images and best in terms of the most fun you had or the most you learned while you were shooting? 🙂

 

Stephen Rainer Apologies for the delayed response! Sophie Jewry -- Thank you for the kind comments.

I think you need a creative eye to make a start but there is certainly lots to work on from there so experience plays a huge part. Working with different personalities can be difficult too particularly when you are looking for something specific and need to convey your ideas; as they say, everybody is different. Re favourite image, see previous interview 🙂

 

Stuart Tate Stephen, as you know we believe you have an exceptional talent, you are able to make the ordinary seem extraordinary, but knowing the world has some real extraordinary locations, if you could choose any location in the world for a photo shoot where would it be?

 

Stephen Rainer Stuart -- Wow, that’s a great question!

I think the answer would change hourly! It also depends on the shoot I guess and what is appropriate. I really like an urban environment for fashion shoots, maybe with a little obscurity too, maybe somewhere like Beijing or Mexico City? Ask me again in an hour!

 

Life in Images

Life in Images

 

Juliet Wright I particularly like and am intrigued by the vibrant photographs in your ‘on the move’ portfolio on the Life in Images website. Is travel photography and the portrayal of other cultures something you intend to work more on in the future? Is there a particular culture you would like to have the opportunity to photograph?

 

Stephen Rainer Juliet -- In a word, YES!

I believe it is essential to work outside of your own environment as often as you can. Explore different cultures, fashions and circumstance. There is always a story to tell to those who do not!

 

Special Thanks to the following for his latest shoot at Kenton Hall :

Hair: Sadie Bareham http://www.sadiebareham.com

MUA: Millie Rose http://www.millierosemakeup.co.uk

MUA: Maria Giles http://www.glamrbeauty.co.uk

Wardrobe: Laura Churchill of Bluebird Vintage http://www.bluebirdvintage.co.uk/

Models: Rose Evans, Anabelle Janes, Gemma Buskell, Emma Anna

 

Also many thanks for the questions to: Emma Teader, Cheryl Tate, Chris Hill, Karen Vanstean, Sophie Jewry, Juliet Wright.

Editor’s Note: We’re really loving Stephen’s latest shoot at Urbanity Chic and can’t wait what he’ll do next. One of Urbanity Chic’s favourite creative fashion photographers and definitely ‘One to Watch’ in the fashion industry.

 

Life in Images

 

If you’d like to see more of Stephen Rainer’s impressive portfolio or get in touch; just follow the links below:

facebook link: www.facebook.com/pages/Life-In-Images/175151623213

web page link: www.lifeinimages.co.uk

Vimeo embeds: www.vimeo.com/user4691225/almost-see-the-sea

Spotlight Interview – Marianne Paraskeva

Marianne Paraskeva is a creative fashion photographer from London, UK, and is our latest Starnow competition winner. When we first checked out Marianne’s portfolio we were really impressed and despite her hectic schedule we were delighted when she agreed to complete an interview with us at Urbanity Chic. Read the entire interview below where Marianne discusses, amongst other things, how she became involved in professional photography, what she’s recently been working on as well as what musicians and recording artists she enjoys listening to.

 

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

 

Q: Who are you called?

I answer to most things!!  However, I go by either Marianne Paraskeva or Mariskeva.

 

Q: How did you get into professional photography?

Creativity has always been a big part of my life and growing up in such a culturally diverse and creative family I knew I was heading into the ‘arts’.  It was whilst I was abroad studying for my A-Levels, my art teacher was also a photographer and when I expressed an interest in photography he took me under his wing to get me started.   So post A-Levels I took this further to study at Kent Institute of Art and Design in Rochester Kent and then once I had graduated I moved to the big smoke (London) to see what all the fuss was about.  It was then that I realised that waking up each morning and doing what you love is the best feeling in the world.  I started to assist a photographer and also had some amazing opportunities to travel and spend time with locals that enabled me to capture some inspirational images. So between travelling and assisting I managed to build a confident client base and allow my work to grow from there.

 

Q: What do you enjoy photographing most?

There are so many things I enjoy photographing.  I love to travel and capture stories through my time spent in close communities.  This allows you a connection and sense of family. I also love to shoot fashion and beauty.   I love to photograph new emerging designers.  I find their work is unhindered and fresh. To create something from imagination into reality.  I love the whole process of mood boards/story boarding to the prep and research and then to the final shots.  Rarely do things ever go to plan and I kind of like this element in my work.

 

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

 

 

Q: How has the last 12 months been for you?

The last 12 months have been pretty good now that you ask.  I have worked harder than ever to increase my client base, produce new work that is some of my best yet and to work more constructively to what I enjoy.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

Everyone inspires me!  From the people we pass everyday on the street to the amazing and talented creatives I work closely with.

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

I don’t really look up to anybody in particular.  I have a passion for something that catches my eye and is a little different; this is what I look for.  I love the extremities of Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. I am a big fan of 50’s cinema and love the fashion and beauty of that era.

 

Q: What makes a good photographer in your opinion?

Attention to detail.  I think this is the most important part of making a great image.  The eye and ability to make your image hold a viewer and make them believe in what you are saying.  Attention is in the detail!

 

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

 

 Q: Do you prefer using film cameras or digital?

Well!  I learnt on film.  I love the ambiguity, the way certain films effect your perception and production.  I was a big believer that digital would never work!! So now, of course I use digital!!

 

Q: Do you prefer to shoot on location or in the studio?

I am a bit of a control freak so I do prefer the consistency of the studio and the manipulation that you are in control of, however, shooting on location poses many different types of obstacles that I challenge myself to overcome.

 

Q: Do you have a specific style of photography that makes you unique?

I see a lot of the same kind of ‘look’.  Once you have seen it once you tend to see it again and again.  I like to be creative and not always stick to the confines of what is seen as acceptable especially in the fashion industry.  You are your work and I believe in this strongly and not just shooting for the sake of it but shooting because you feel it, otherwise what is the point?

 

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

 

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph? 

I have so many.

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer? 
 

I can’t say I have one.  I am inspired by so much of what I see and I take from each image something positive and often negatives and from this I form what I like and don’t like.

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you? 

Fashion is about expression. Once you move away from the confines of who wears what and who is who, fashion becomes far less serious.  I admire the new and upcoming British designers who push the boundaries of what we perceive as ‘fashion’.

 

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

 

Q: Where are you based? 

Currently I am based in North London

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from? 

I am originally from Bristol with Greek Cypriot Origins.  I love my heritage and believe that the diversity I have grown up with reflects in my work, which I am and what I believe.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in the future? 

I like to take each day as it comes.  I am happy to keep doing what I am doing and I would love to take my photography to more destinations and experience something that I haven’t yet.

 

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I like to meditate.  My mind often works on its own accord and I am constantly thinking about a millions things at once.  I am a big list writer so although I find it hard at times, meditation calms me and helps me focus.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

Antarctica!  I have a huge scratch map in my office, where you scratch off each place you have been to.  I am determined to go to the Antarctic and scratch it off my map.  It is the most unusual ‘holiday’ destination, if you can call it that!  I love to travel to places that offer something a little different.  To places you can remember and hold in your mind for years and years.  Not just another beach holiday.  I have been fortunate to travel widely and this would top them all! The Antarctic offers something I find magical and surreal.  I think it will be a personal push of my boundaries also.

 

Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment? 

Wow!  I am the hugest Mary J Blige fan. so all of her albums.  I have a mixture of songs ranging from the aforementioned to Lucy Pearl, Musiq Soulchild, Whitney, Madonna, Prince, Eric Clapton and some Indian Meditation!!!

 

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies? 

I love to travel, I am the ‘queen’ of backgammon, I like to write -- I find this helps with my work.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for aspiring photographers what would it be? 

Hard work pays off.  Keep trying.  Believe in who you are and what you want to say.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do? 

A passion to express myself through a visual medium.

 

Editor’s Note: Marianne Paraskeva has a strong appreciation of lighting and ergonomic form that has created a portfolio that is both bold, dynamic and has an Avant Garde edge. We’re sure Marianne has the ability and attention to detail to feature in major fashion publications in the future.

 

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

Marianne Paraskeva Photography

 

If you’d like to contact Marianne Paraskeva or check out some more of her impressive portfolio, just follow the links below:

 

twitter link: https://twitter.com/#!/Mariskeva

facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mariskeva/102012056558780

web page link: http://www.mariskeva.com

Spotlight Interview – James Garfield Photography

James Garfield is a professional photographer from Ipswich, UK, specializing in fashion and portraiture. Despite James’ increasingly hectic schedule we were delighted when he agreed to complete a full feature interview with us so that we could share his interests, experiences and portfolio with you. Read the entire Spotlight Interview below to find out about who has inspired James, what makes a good photographer in his opinion and what motivates him to do what he does.

 

James Garfield Photography

James Garfield Photography

 

Q: How did you get into professional photography?

Mainly through a major and unexpected change in career circumstances, one door and closed and another has slowly opened and is developing into something more.

 

Q: What do you enjoy most photographing?

I really love photographing fashion & portraiture. Every model is different and as trends constantly change so does the fashionscape keeping it fresh and new.

 

Q: How has the last 12 months been for you?

The last 12 months have been a bit of a voyage, I’m still pretty new to the scene so it’s been about cultivating relationships and networking and shooting as much as possible. It’s had its ups and of course it’s downs but overall I feel I’m going in the right direction.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

Interesting question, lots of people for different reasons but picking one from my list of many it would be Steve Jobs RIP because he said this: “You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”  That says it all for me.

 

James Garfield Photography

James Garfield Photography

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

Designers well where do you start, Jean Paul Gautier, Giorgio Armani, and Vivienne Westwood amongst many others.

 

Q: What makes a good photographer in your opinion?

I think it’s one that follows through and develops their style to its full potential and does not seek to emulate what has already been done. It’s all too easy to conform to current trends but new ground is only broken when people push their boundaries.

 

Q: Do you prefer using film cameras or digital?

I haven’t used film for years so it’s digital only. I often think about getting a film camera really just to experiment with but I think it’s one of those things I just won’t get around too.

 

Q: Do you prefer to shoot on location or in the studio?

I really enjoy both, shooting in a studio is great as it’s a much more controlled environment but can be a bit sterile whereas shooting on location with the changing light and different scenery can be very rewarding.

 

James Garfield Photography

James Garfield Photography

 

Q: Do you have a specific style of photography that makes you unique?

I think my style is still developing and I hope that continues throughout my career otherwise my work would stagnate and become predictable. I think having some fluidity in your style & approach is important.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

I have many; I wouldn’t be able to pick just one because they are all quite different in composition and style but one of them is the underwater image of Muhammad Ali of by Flip Schulke. It is incredible and I never tire of looking at it.

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

Again I can’t pick one but Perou, Rankin, Melissa Rodwell, Zack Arias to name but a few are some of my modern day hero’s, turning back the clock well Flip Schulke, David Bailey and Patrick Lichfield for the iconic images from the 60’s & 70’s.

 

James Garfield Photography

James Garfield Photography

 

Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with (either behind or in front of the camera)?

Well behind the camera any of the above really, well those that are living, I think a few days with them would be a great experience. In front of the camera, well where do I start? Yasmin Lebon who’s still amazing, Analeigh Tipton, Keira Knightley, Angelina Jolie, how long have you got?

 

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion is the celebration of emotion without the use of words or music, is that too contrived?  Many would say it’s a frivolous pursuit but it has an influence on us that we can’t measure.

  

Q: How would you define your personal style?

My personal fashion style? Well it depends, on a shoot it’s something functional with lots of pockets. On an evening out depending where I’m planning on going it can range from the classic jeans & T with jacket to maybe something more formal.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I am based near Ipswich in the UK, not too far from London.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

It’s nice to be in the country but also a little dreary at times and as it’s not the center of the fashion universe it makes it that little bit harder to network and meet people.

 

James Garfield Photography

James Garfield Photography

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in the future?

I’d like to find myself zipping around the world shooting for different clients. I love travel, have no ties and want to have a life less ordinary.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Sometimes I’ll chill in front of the TV with a film and a few beers or maybe go out for a beer. I also do a lot of sport and going for a run is a great way to unwind.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

New York New York!  It’s hard not to get caught up in the buzz of the city and the iconic cityscape. I’ve been twice and plan to live & work there at some point in my career.

 

Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?

I like all sorts currently its Duran Duran’s latest album (does that make sound me old)? I have such a varied taste from Metallica to Claude Challe but 80’s music is my favourite.

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

Well sport is my hobby, I do a lot of running, cycling and snowboarding when I get chance to get away. It’s as good for the mind as it is for the body.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for aspiring photographers what would it be?

Don’t be tempted into spending huge amounts of money on equipment when you are starting out, buy secondhand or the cheaper models in the range if you buy new. Cameras and lenses are just the tools of the trade; you have to make them work for you, you have to be the artist. Learn about light, composition and Photoshop. Most importantly stick with it.

 

James Garfield Photography

James Garfield Photography

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

It’s the feeling I get in the pit of my stomach when I get “the” shot. You’re now probably thinking I’m nuts but I’ve never experienced that in any other types of work that I’ve done.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

YES! I’m great to work with and really worth booking! You can contact me through any of the links provided. I’d also just like to give a mention and a thanks to the models & MUA who feature in the images I have used for this interview:

Victoria Peachey, Goldy Loxx, Stepanie Taylor Moule, Jill Liebisch + Sadie Bareham MUA , Greg Fernando, Charlotte Leitch.

 

Editor’s Note: James Garfield captures passion, sensuality and style in his shots to create something that has personality but also commercial appeal.

 

If you’ like to learn more about or contact James Garfield just follow the links below:

twitter link: https://twitter.com/#!/Jgarfieldphoto

facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/James-Garfield-Photography/119000884844595

web page link: http://www.jamesgarfield.co.uk

Spotlight Interview – KEEphotography

Kee Ramsorrun is a professional photographer from London and is the founder of KEEphotography. When we first checked out some of Kee’s portfolio at Urbanity Chic we were impressed and were therefore delighted when he had the time to complete a Spotlight Interview with us. Read on to discover, amongst other things, how Kee got into photography, what he does to relax and what photographers he’s inspired by.

 

KEEphotography

KEEphotography

KEEphotography

 

Q: How did you get into professional photography?

I was an actor for seven years before I became a photographer, it always bothered me how many actors would say that they didn’t enjoy their headshot session or were unhappy with their photos so I spent AGES finding out why this was and decided that I could try to offer a better service. I am also a trained filmmaker so it was a case or transferring the skills over to photography, which took a lot of courses and research and dedication!

 

Q: What do you enjoy most photographing? 

I love interacting with people. That’s why I specialize in working in the creative arts, photographing performers. There is nothing quite like that moment where you “get the shot”, when the hair, make up, model and photographer come together to create a great image. It’s awesome!

 

Q: How has the last 12 months been for you?

The last 12 months has been crazy, I got married in April to the best woman that has ever lived and she has inspired me to take my photography to the next level. Helen, my wife, is an actress also so we are both heavily involved in that industry. I’ve met loads of new friends by staring at them through a lens!

 

Q: Who inspires you?

My wife and my brother are always the two people I turn to first. There are literally thousands of other creative people out there that I draw on for inspiration though, it’s everywhere!

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

I’ve always admired Calvin Klein, not only as a designer, but also because the brand is so strong, supported by beautiful images. Personally I think that is hugely important to any advertising campaign – powerful images. Who can forget Brooke Shields in the 80s in those jeans?

 

KEEphotography

KEEphotography

KEEphotography

 

Q: What makes a good photographer in your opinion? 

That really depends on what your taking photos of! If you are photographing people I think the most important thing is to be able to create rapport with your subject. It’s all well and good being able to understand lighting and perfect exposure but if you cannot work with the model to get expressions and poses, you needn’t bother, as your images will not be engaging.

 

Q: Do you prefer using film cameras or digital?

I’m all about digital. Film offers a certain quality that is admittedly beautiful and each roll and camera gives a unique look, but that look is achievable with a little hard work and the right digital imaging software. The beauty of digital is that it gives you almost endless possibilities and a safety net if you need to take extra exposures to ensure you have the shot.

 

Q: Do you prefer to shoot on location or in the studio? 

Good question. I like being out and about, it’s a really good way to discover and explore wherever you live. I live in London so doing shoots on location has helped me reconnect with the city and find out new things. I’ve fallen in love with the place all over again! However, I do love studio shoots, there is an added creativity to getting the lighting right which you have total control over, which, although you can manipulate it on location, you don’t always have TOTAL control!

 

Q: Do you have any interesting stories about a particular photo shoot you’d like to share? 

I was doing a shoot in Dulwich Park with a model one day. There is a fantastic boating lake in the park and I jokingly suggested that it would make for a great photograph if she were to get in. It was the middle of winter and the last thing I expected to see was her kicking off her shoes and jumping over the fence. Unfortunately I was too busy helping her get out while she screamed at the freezing cold temperature to take any photos of it!

 

Q: Do you have a specific style of photography that makes you unique?

Everyone does. No one else takes photos like me and I don’t take photos like anyone else. Photography is an art and art is subjective therefore everyone brings their own style and creativity to it.

 

KEEphotography

KEEphotography

KEEphotography

 

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph? 

That’s really difficult. If you mean one of my own then definitely not, I am uber-critical of my work and none of them are ever quite right in my eyes. However, if it can be someone’s else’s photo then there is a photo of my Dad that my brother took when he got his first DSLR that I just love, he captured the moment and my Dad’s personality perfectly. Also, there is photo of my brother and I when I was just a couple of weeks old and my brother was around two years old. He is holding me looking absolutely baffled as to what I am!

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer? 

I am totally in awe of Phillip Bloom at the moment. He doesn’t do loads of fashion photography but he is a master of his art.

 

Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with (either behind or in front of the camera)? 

I would like one day for my wife and I to be at the level where I am being commissioned by a top agency to take photos of her! That would mean we would both be at the top of our game!

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you? 

I think fashion is one of the ways of expressing who we are and where we came from. It is an immediate way of communicating something about yourself without having to say anything.

 

Q: How would you define your personal style? 

Ghetto fabulous.

 

Q: Where are you based? 

I live in Forest Hill, South East London but travel all over.

 

KEEphotography

KEEphotography

KEEphotography

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from? 

I’m actually from Birmingham so I’ve always lived in cities. It’s great because you get to escape to the country. You don’t get country folk escaping to the city; I think I have the best of both worlds.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date? 

I am a big magic fan and recently got to take portraits of Paul Daniels who I have been a fan of since I was a kid. Aside of that, the highlights are when a client gets in touch to say how happy they are with their photographs. That’s the whole point.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in the future? 

World domination. Nah, I just want to be respected for what I do. I don’t want fame but I want to help people through training or giving them photos that will help with their career.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Spending time with my wife is my favourite way of relaxing. We enjoy watching good TV shows, eating good food and having a good conversation. We are also taking lessons in Argentine Tango.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

I think probably driving around the States with my wife. We both love America, particularly New York, so getting to see more of it would be great.

 

KEEphotography

KEEphotography

 

 

Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment? 

I am loving Jesus Culture right now. Also quite enjoying revisiting Flight of the Conchords.

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies? 

I love making time-lapse videos and shooting long exposure/slow shutter photography so when I am not photographing people I like to take a long walk by myself with my camera.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for aspiring photographers what would it be? 

Use the Internet. You can find ANYTHING you need on there. Talk to other professionals that you admire, they are usually willing to help. If anyone ever asks me for advice I always give it because it’s great to see other people doing well. Also, find ONE photographer whose work you really admire and try and find out why you like it, then see if you can replicate that, then add your own style to it.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do? 

Giving people photographs that I know they will be happy with is all the motivation I need!

 

KEEphotography

KEEphotography

 

Editor’s Note: Kee Ramsorrun’s photography is dynamic and embodies a sense of energy in every shot.

 

If you’d like to view some more of Kee’s impressive portfolio or get in touch, just follow the links below:

 

twitter link: https://twitter.com/#!/KEE4tography

facebook link:https://www.facebook.com/KEEphotography

web page link:http://www.keephotography.co.uk

Youtube embeds:http://www.youtube.com/user/KEE4tography/videos

Any other links: http://www.keephotography-training.co.uk/

Spotlight Interview – Sepehr Sami Photography

Sepehr Sami is a professional photographer who has recently moved to Brisbane, Australia and is our latest StarNow competition winner. Read on to discover, amongst other things, what fashion means to Sepehr, what it’s like growing up in Melbourne and what he’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Sepehr Sami Photography

Sepehr Sami Photography

Sepehr Sami Photography

 

Q: Who are you called?

Sepehr Sami, I also use the name Psychyard for some of my ongoing projects.

 

Q: How did you get into professional photography?

Photography to me started as an adventure into a moment in time, loved it from early age, became more eager as I grew up shifting between videos and photos here and there. It became an escape from conventional reality or excessive manipulation of fantasy around us these days; I look at as a way to express my own world (occasionally!)

 

Q: What do you enjoy most photographing?

I’m fascinated by sociology so I’m very much attracted to societies and individuals who build it…but really, anything that seems fascinating I go for it, and I believe that’s the way to go, a shadow on the wall to a majestic landscape…

 

Q: How has the last 12 months been for you?

Wow tense! Ups and downs, got involved with acting and many photography projects plus a whole lot in my personal and emotional life as well, it seemed for ever when it was all happening but now seems like a flash….

 

Q: Who inspires you?

Inspiration comes from almost anything, anywhere, anytime…I like philosophy and sociology so it affects my mentality a whole lot, I love arts, live for music and very much involved with politics on an everyday basis, I would like to get into photo journalism eventually…

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

I wouldn’t say I look up to but I like the works and visions of Tom Ford.

 

Sepehr Sami Photography

Sepehr Sami Photography

 

Q: What makes a good photographer in your opinion?

Forget about money and conventional photography, put down your camera, stretch your eyelids with your fingers and see instead of just looking. World is as ugly as it is beautiful and it is as simple as it is complicated. Photographers are meant to show what is lacking, what must be done, and always be critical to the point of educating people. This is possible in any field, one might think well fashion photography is about fashion but I believe it could be about showing a lot more than physics, poses and clothes. We are more than able to incorporate messages into our work and affect the observer’s subconscious greatly.

 

Q: Do you prefer using film cameras or digital?

Film indeed but for people who are nomads like me digital photography is a blessing!

 

Q: Do you prefer to shoot on location or in the studio?

I love natural light for fashion photography but if the aim is to manipulate or tragically create a rather plastic scene, studio could be a great place.

 

Q: Do you have a specific style of photography that makes you unique?

Accidental photography.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

Many, one that I can think of at this moment, is the last portrait of German philosopher Nietzsche.

 

Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with (either behind or in front of the camera)?

Would love to take some portraits of Christian Bale.

 

Sepehr Sami Photography

Sepehr Sami Photography

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

Like many other art forms in the post modern era, it is yet another form of exploitation of resources in a sacrificial mean for pursuing objective subjective beauty.

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

I have been very eclectic and adventurous so far but I’m fascinated by notion of darkness and light, love a generous amount of soothing contrast and also shots with a certain color theme applied to them like the works of Yimou Zhang.

 

Q: Where are you based?

Australia these days. Recently moved from Melbourne to Gold Coast, soon to be in Brisbane.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Shiraz; “City of roses and nightingales”, rich in poetry and ancient culture, famous for its gardens and laid back people.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Well, if you are looking for celebrity encounters and things like that I recently photographed the cast and crew of the internationally acclaimed Iranian movie “A Separation” in Asia Pacific film festival which was to my great pleasure since I loved the movie and it won the Grand Jury Prize.

“A Separation” has been nominated and won over 21 awards internationally since its release, its heading for the Oscars also.

 

Sepehr Sami Photography

Sepehr Sami Photography

Sepehr Sami Photography

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in the future?

Travel to the most unknown parts of the world and document what lies beneath. Cinematography too.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I’m usually relaxed, especially from the outside, but on the inside I can’t stop my brain from thinking and it’s really exhausting sometimes to the point I just burn out and become VERY silly!

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

Home, because most of what I love and relate to is there.

 

Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?

EVERYTHING haha, from contemporary classics to progressive rock, Trip-Hop and all sorts of psychedelic music.

I recommend Archive-Controlling Crowds these days because of sociological landscape.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for aspiring photographers what would it be?

Be yourself and draw inspiration from anything OTHER than photography; “things” become most interesting when worlds (fields) collide.

 

Sepehr Sami Photography

Sepehr Sami Photography

Sepehr Sami Photography

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

Learning.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

Knowledge is subjective to immediate change so don’t rely on it! The more we discover we understand how little we know so never be sure of what you are being told and the propaganda which dances around you in pretty forms and shapes.

 

Love binds the universe.

 

Sepehr Sami Photography

Sepehr Sami Photography -- Self Portrait

 

Editor’s Note: Sepehr Sami effectively uses his interest in the human form and sociology to create some extremely appealing shots with a commercial edge. 

Spotlight Interview – Dmitry Oskin

Dmitry Oskin is an experimental fashion photographer who currently lives and works in London. Despite Dmitry’s increasingly hectic schedule we were delighted when he agreed to be interviewed by Urbanity Chic so that we could showcase some of his work and give him an opportunity to discuss his experiences and interests. Read on to find out about how Dmitry got into professional photography, where he likes shooting most and what he’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Dmitry Oskin Photography

Dmitry Oskin Photography

Dmitry Oskin Photography

 

Q: How did you get into professional photography?

I started by getting to know and assisting other professional photographers.

 

Q: What do you enjoy most photographing?

Striking models wearing clothes that embellish their natural beauty.

 

Q: How has the last 12 months been for you?

I have had a wonderful last year and opened my first photography exhibition in June sponsored by VZ galleries. This was called “The Provocation” and was held at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

Steven Meisel,  Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott and Annie Leibovitz have been a great influence on my work.

 

Dmitry Oskin Photography

Dmitry Oskin Photography

Dmitry Oskin Photography

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

John Galliano, Christian LaCroix, Oscar De La Renta all have a place in my wardrobe.

 

Q: What makes a good photographer in your opinion?

You need to get the most from your model. This is about the emotional content of facial expression and what the pose says.  A good photographer needs to be able to explain this to the model and get the model to act convincingly by feeling the desired emotion. Attention to all details of costume, make up and lighting are also crucial.

 

Q: Do you prefer using film cameras or digital?

Digital. Far more post production potential.

 

Q: Do you prefer to shoot on location or in the studio?

I prefer location. The atmosphere of the location creates a mood and allows a story to be told. The advantage of the studio is the degree of control over the lighting that is perhaps the closest the photographer gets to be a painter.

 

Dmitry Oskin Photography

Dmitry Oskin Photography

 

Q: Do you have any interesting stories about a particular photo shoot you’d like to share?

For my Provocation exhibition I had to shoot a vegan biting into a large raw rib of beef. This resulted in much retching but I finally got the desired shot.

My first shoot was on a very cold winter night in a graveyard. The models were very scantily clad and we did not have official permission for the shoot. I was expecting the police to arrive at any moment and so time was of the essence!

 

Q: Do you have a specific style of photography that makes you unique?

I wouldn’t say I have a personal style of photography. I think style comes with experience and suddenly ..it just becomes part of you and your work.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

No, not one favourite. But one of Annie Leibovitz’s photos of Queen Elizabeth is up there.

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

Steven Meisel

 

Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with (either behind or in front of the camera)?

Patrick Demarchelier, Annie Leibovitz, Grace Coddington, and Pat McGrath (sorry I am being greedy?) I would put with me behind the lens. As for the model……..I think less critical.

 

Dmitry Oskin Photography

Dmitry Oskin Photography

Dmitry Oskin Photography

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

Yves St Laurent  summed it up for me : “Fashion fades, style is eternal.”

 

 Q: How would you define your personal style?

I don’t have one style. This depends on the occasion and the mood. I do lots of mixing and matching. I do retro, preppy, sporty and I love dressing formal.

 

Q: Where are you based?

Highgate, North London.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

I have lived in London now for two and a half years having moved here from St Petersburg, Russia. I have been deeply influenced by the artistic heritage of my home city and still feel very Russian but London now is my home and my future.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

I think it must be my exhibition earlier this year.

 

Dmitry Oskin Photography

Dmitry Oskin Photography

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in the future?

I would like to open my own studio and manage my own team.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I play tennis, London weather permitting, go the gym, love cinema, heavily into music (I have very broad tastes from smooth jazz, Classical, to House), fine dining, shopping and much, much more.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

I had a wonderful trip to South East Asia last year. The highlights were the amazing island of Ko Racha Yai in Thailand and Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Ko Racha Yai was the fantasy tropical island paradise somewhat off the beaten track. The island is tiny (3 km wide) and has a completely unspoilt interior that I explored by quad bike discovering unpopulated beaches and villages that hadn’t seen many tourists. Angkor Wat is one of many temple complexes set in the tropical jungles of central Cambodia. All very Indiana Jones! The peoples of these countries were some of the warmest and happiest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Lots of photo opportunities and one shoot with me as the model.

 

Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?

Michael Jackson, Jennifer Hudson, Prodigy, Muse, R&B, Moby, Jazz, Opera ….

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

I like to dance Hip-Hop, to draw, read books, and travel to exotic off beat places.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for aspiring photographers what would it be?

Believe in yourself and keep doing what you do. Never be afraid to create something new.

 

Dmitry Oskin Photography

Dmitry Oskin Photography

Dmitry Oskin Photography

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

A love of fashion, beauty and creativity.

 

Editor’s Note: Dmitry Oskin effectively pushes the boundaries of creative fashion photography to create a plethora of appealing shots.

 

Dmitry Oskin Photography

Dmitry Oskin Photography

Spotlight Interview – Clinton Barter Photography

Clinton Barter is a commercial fashion photographer from Sydney, Australia who is the founder of Barter Photography and is our latest Starnow competition winner. Despite Clinton’s hectic schedule we were delighted when he agreed to complete a full in-depth interview with Urbanity Chic. Read on to find out about how Clinton returned to professional photography, which modern day fashion icons he is inspired by and what music he enjoys listening to.

 

Barter Photography

Barter Photography

 

Q: How did you get into professional photography?

I did photography as a subject for my school certificate in 1985-86. It has been an interest in my life since then. I owned a model agency from 2003-2008 and shot many photography test shoots for the models I had on the books, but I was shooting with a very average camera. I was surprised how well the photos turned out for a $750 SLR camera. I have really decided to get back into photography and make a living out of it about 6 months ago. I went back to school and did a DSLR photography course with renowned international fashion photographer Scott McGale. Since then doors are starting to open in different fields of photography (like Real Estate Photography), but Fashion Photography is my first love.

 

Q: What do you enjoy most photographing?

I enjoy seeing the final product. I also enjoying seeing the expressions of excitement that a first time model shows when they see how good they can look in a photograph. That gives me a real buzz.

  

Q: How has the last 12 months been for you?

I have only just started to get back into photography after a few years, as I have been involved in running a modeling agency called ‘Barter Models’. I sold this in 2008, after being the general manager for 5 years. I have always been around fashion and modeling since 1985. Whether it has been modeling myself, or photographing test shoots for the models I employed when I owned the model agency. So it has been a rather quick transition in the last 6 months.

 

Barter Photography

Barter Photography

 

Q: Who inspires you?

I am inspired by my mentor Scott McGale. He has over 20 years experience in fashion photography. He lived in London for 10 years, and now has many clients including being the main editorial photographer for Marie Claire magazine.

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

I have always liked Jean Paul Gaultier. He has always had great collections for men and women, and has been an icon for many years. I have always worn his fragrances.

 

Q: What makes a good photographer in your opinion?

A good photographer is someone that stays true to their individual style and remembers the basics of every photo, which is exposure and composition. They also should be willing to take risks and keep practicing their art every spare moment they have.

 

Barter Photography

 

Q: Do you prefer using film cameras or digital?

I prefer to use a Digital SLR. I did learn how to use film cameras back in 1985, and develop my own film, and also process the photographs in the dark room. I like the simplicity and the romance of a film camera, but I love the technology of a modern DSLR as you can have an instant image result on the back of the camera. Not only is this great for checking your correct exposure on the spot, but I also find it a great tool for showing the model some of the photographs throughout the shoot. I pick a great shot and then show it to the model. It is amazing how much more confidence this gives to the model. You can then get a lot more from the model during the shoot as their confidence is boosted from seeing the instant photo. In the days of the film cameras a photographer only had the Polaroid for reference.

 

Q: Do you prefer to shoot on location or in the studio?

I used to prefer shooting on location, but after been taught the basics of studio photographic shoots from Scott McGale, I now love to shoot in the studio. I find you have so much more creative control of the light. You can experiment with different angles and start to get some interesting effects. Having said that, I do love capturing a great fashion shot on location. When outdoors there are so many more variables to consider. But when the light is right, like in the golden/magic hour, you can get some outstanding results.

 

Q: Do you have any interesting stories about a particular photo shoot you’d like to share?

Yes, I was doing a fashion test shoot for a female model. I had a make up artist, clothes stylist and hair stylist there at the shoot as well. I was in the middle of the shoot on location in a large park. The large park is in the centre of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and allows dogs in the park without wearing a lead. As I was shooting away, I had a medium sized dog come up behind me and started to ‘hump’ my leg. The professional that I am I tried to finish the shot that I was trying to get. The dog knocked me over and all I could think was to try and protect my camera. I saved the camera, while all the crew where laughing hysterically trying to get the dog off the top of me. I did see the funny side of it, although my face had gone red with embarrassment and I had lost a small bit of my dignity and ego. I still sometimes work with some of the crew, and to this day they give me a bit of hard time about my misadventure with the Labrador.

 

Barter Photography

 

Q: Do you have a specific style of photography that makes you unique?

I believe my ‘simplicity’ makes me unique. Some photographers try to hard to create something special and forget the basics of photography. I tend to stick to the realms of makes a great photo. Put the simple techniques into practice and everything else happens from there.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

Yes. The photograph that I like best is a photo I did for a test shoot for a model named Rachel. It’s a high fashion shot with a bit of visual difference. The old vintage lawn mower that the model is pushing creates a wow factor to the shot. I hired the mower from a Film Prop Business in Sydney for the day. The model is in heels and high fashion clothes and reading the newspaper. I told the model to look like she is enjoying herself in the shot. I think it works as the viewer is lead into the photo by the high fashion clothes and the concept of her taking on a dirty job of mowing the lawns in these clothes. It asks the question: “Why is this beautiful woman mowing the lawns in those clothes?”  It’s a fun shot that makes you look twice. (See 1st photo in the interview at the top of this page.)

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

I have 2 favourite photographers. Both are portrait photographers. The first is a friend of mine, Wayne Daniels. He shoots sports model and bikini models. He has shot for Ralph, Inside Sport, Penthouse, and Zoo magazines. I love his work as most of his photos tell a story. As I metioned before I like Scott Mcgale. He does high fashion photography. He has shot for many of the big magazines around the world. I did his photography course in Sydney and he is very willing to pass on his knowledge. Both these guys have great websites. Google their names and check out their work.

 

Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with (either behind or in front of the camera)?

I would love to work with Aboriginal model Samantha Harris. She has a unique look, and is one of the first Aboriginal models to make it big in international modeling.

 

Barter Photography

 

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

It means showing an individual flare. If you like how something looks go with it. I see fashion as a ‘walking art’

  

Q: How would you define your personal style? (not sure how to answer this question but I answered it two ways below)

1. My personal fashion style is contemporary, yet classic. I love to go to the horse races and get dressed up in a nice classic suit. But during the day on the weekend in summer you will find me in a pair of shorts and (thongs) flip flops. I have a large collection of modern jackets so I love winter time. I love winter as I can wear my latest addition to my wardrobe, which is a leather aviator jacket with a wool collar.

2. My personal photographic style is editorial and commercial

 

Q: Where are you based?

I am based in the main fashion area of Sydney. It’s a suburb called Paddington. The main street is called Oxford Street where you will find that most of the big name fashion labels have their high end shops.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Sydney is a great city. It has the beaches, the weather (which are both great for location photos), and a great nightlife. People here are in the City area are very friendly and Australia is known for its ‘lay back’ attitude. I have been to over 20 countries around the world and the biggest difference here in Sydney is the stress free, ‘No Worries’ attitude that most of the residences display. I recommend that if you have not been to Sydney, put it on you list of places to visit. Come in Summer, (in January and February) to experience the beaches and the Aussie outdoor lifestyle.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

I don’t think that I have a career highlight yet. I am still hoping that one day I shoot a model like Samantha Harris or Miranda Kerr. I think when that happens I can say that I have achieved something noteworthy…..

 

Barter Photography

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in the future?

In the next year, I am hoping to move from being a part time photographer to becoming a fulltime photographer. I would love to paid everyday for something that I love doing! I would love to shoot Australian Supermodels Samantha Harris and Miranda Kerr. Preferably in the same shoot!

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I love having a beer after work with friends. I also like to exercise. I run, swim and go to the gym. I try and get to the beach to go surfing when I can. Once a year I like to travel overseas for at least 3-6 weeks. Traveling opens up my mind, and when I return I find I am ready to tackle another 11 months of work.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

I love to holiday in Europe. All the countries are so close to each other so it is easy to hop from country to country. There are so many different cultures and hundreds of years of history to experience. You can hop from London to Amsterdam in about an hour. In Australia we have to travel at least 8 hours from Sydney just to get to Indonesia for an overseas holiday. Once you travel the 22 hours to get to Europe I believe its worth it as there is so much to see and do.

 

Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?

I have music on my iPod from BROHN. He is an upcoming DJ from Sydney. I was lucky enough to shoot his promotional photographs in November 2011. (Check out my website for these photos). He plays at his residency at CIRCO LOCO in Sydney. When and not listening to BROHN, and I want to chill out a bit more, I love to listen to 70’s music. Stuff like Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs, ELO, and The Eagles.

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

I think that photography is my hobby. I don’t see photography as work. Most would say that work is boring, so I would not label photography boring. Hobbies are supposed to be exciting and you choose to do them of their own accord. So I would consider Photography a hobby.

 

Barter Photography

Barter Photography

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for aspiring photographers what would it be?

Learn the basic of photography. Sign up for a course. It doesn’t have to be year long course. Just do a 2-3 month course. It is important to know your camera like the back of your hand. Also every spare moment you have get out and shoot. Practice makes perfect. When you are starting out you will find it hard to find a model to photograph. If this is the case ask a good friend to help you out. He or she can go outdoors with you and help you master the basics. The basics like ISO, F Stop, and Shutter Speed, which are the foundations of all photography. Take lots of risks. Don’t be scared to make mistakes. Mistakes will help you learn your craft. Remember that there are no mistakes in life only lessons. Learn form your mistakes and do it differently next time around.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

To obtain the best photographs that I can. I am always improving and learning, so I am always looking around to see what new techniques are being used. My motivation is to one day be self sufficient that my photography pays the rent.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

I think variety is the spice of life. Keep trying new things and life will throw you nice little challenges. Challenges are part of life and anything unattempted remains impossible.

 

Barter Photography

Barter Photography

 

Editor’s Note: Clinton Barter has an attention detail in photography which undoubtedly comes from his appreciation and overall love of the art.

 

If you’d like to contact Clinton Barter or check out some more of his work, just follow the links below:

 

facebook link: www.facebook.com/barterphotography

web page link: www.barterphotography.net

flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/barterphotography

Spotlight Interview – Petter Culka Photography

Petter Culka is a creative fashion and editorial photographer who splits his time between London and his native Slovakia. In between his other passions that include horse riding and rock climbing we were delighted when Petter agreed to complete a full feature interview with Urbanity Chic. Read on to find out what Petter enjoys photographing most, who he is inspired by and what motivates him to do what he does.

 

Petter Culka Photography

Petter Culka Photography

 

Q: How did you get into professional photography?

I would not call it professional photography, I would call it hobby that pays my living.

 

Q: What do you enjoy photographing most?

Whatever happens to be spontaneous and joyfull , with creative people and it brings beautiful outcome , I call it s a perfect shooting .

 

Q: How has the last 12 months been for you?

Waiting for the right opportunity..

 

Q: Who inspires you?

The biggest inspiration for me is ‘Mother nature’ creating something so beautiful and complicated is overwhelming. I love the moment of quietness when I am rock- climbing, or when I am out there on my own with my camera I feel like I could do anything, that I could reach the sky.

 

Petter Culka Photography

Petter Culka Photography

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood,

 

Q: What makes a good photographer in your opinion?

Empathy. Understanding everyone’ s position is very important for me in order to express myself precisely when giving instructions to my team.

 

Q: Do you prefer using film cameras or digital?

Now I am a big fan of  digital  cameras.

 

Q: Do you prefer to shoot on location or in the studio?

Its a hard one! I really like both, depending on the story and model.

 

Petter Culka Photography

Petter Culka Photography

 

Q: Do you have any interesting stories about a particular photo shoot you’d like to share?

I have always been very active during a shoot, meaning that I like to move as well, trying to find the right angle. Sometimes it is very funny if I am more tired that model after the shoot. 

 

Q: Do you have a specific style of photography that makes you unique?

I am actually against the typical static model poses, I like to give a life to picture so I try to make a model move/dance in front of the camera… I think that is my style.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

Well, I do have photos that are special for me for some reason, however for artists I think it is important to dislike your work after a time, as it means that you are moving forward.

  

Petter Culka Photography

Petter Culka Photography

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

My grandpa. I also like those pictures with spirit and people smiling. Those are really honest and they all look beautiful ever without photoshop. Those are from the best photographers in my opinion.

 

Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with (either behind or in front of the camera)?

Alexander McQueen… God bless him…

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

Freedom of the min Being satisfied with yourself..

  

Q: How would you define your personal style?

Depends on my mood 🙂

 

Q: Where are you based?

Somewhere between London and Slovakia..

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

I think it’s still on its way..

 

Petter Culka Photography

Petter Culka Photography

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in the future?

To have Kate Moss in front of my camera but not as a paparazzi 🙂

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Rock climbing….. I love adrenalin

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

I am hoping to climb Mt. Everest next year. Fingers crossed…

 

Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?

You really don’t wanna know… :o)  (Christina Aguilera) hehe

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

Rock climbing and horse riding.

 

Petter Culka Photography

Petter Culka Photography

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for aspiring photographers what would it be?

Never give up … just change your angle… it’s gonna look better..

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

To have the next Kate Moss in front of my camera one day..

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

Don’t hesitate to contact me :o)

 

Editor’s Note: Petter Culka has the skills to create a really personal yet creatively appealing photograph that also has incredible commercial potential.

 

If you’d like to contact Petter Culka or see more of his portfolio just follow the links below:

facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=72635642209&v=wall

web page link: petterculka.com

Petter Culka Photography

Petter Culka Photography

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