FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER INTERVIEW
1. How does this collection speak to you? How did it come about? What did you want this to say to your audience?
Liz Rundbaken, our stylist, became inspired by the concept of army surplus interacting with lace and lingerie. We all liked the challenge to create images that successfully portrayed both masculine and feminine tones.
2. What do you find to be the most difficult when bringing a team of artists together to create a cohesive look? How do you pick the right team?
To me the most important things are that the people involved are a) fun to be around and b) selfless. Dominant attitudes—photographers certainly included—throw off the energy of a shoot. These are long days, especially for the models, everybody needs to enjoy the people they’re around.
3. As an editorial artist, what do you feel is one of the biggest mistakes beginners tend to make?
Undervaluing the importance of working with a team. Your work will improve exponentially with a strong team surrounding it.
4. How would you describe your artistic style?
Narrative. Under construction.
5. Do you prefer to be behind the camera or in front of it?
6. What is your greatest weakness; your greatest strength?
Weakness: Indecisiveness. Strength: Persistence.
7. What misconceptions do you think outsiders have about fashion and beauty editorials?
I think any type of art can be viewed as a very free-flowing, carefree process, but a lot of times in order for it to succeed it needs to be quite structured. That’s certainly the case with editorials. A lot of energy and prep-work goes into making sure the day of the shoot runs in a smooth, organized fashion.
8. What is your secret to keeping a happy balanced life while following your passion?
I think following your passion is, in itself, a great way to keep your life in balance. The stuff that sucks will show up regardless. The stress and drama and bills to pay. To take a step back and know you’re doing what you enjoy doing... that helps.
9. Music feeds the soul and often motivates. What music are you playing while you are shooting?
Usually something instrumental and non-intrusive. But if the shot calls for a certain mood, it doesn’t hurt to put on music mirroring that mood, as cheesy as that seems.
10. Words to live by?
Good things happen out of nowhere.
Jay Jay Martin
Nina Kong @ Major NY