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?
There has always been a strong attraction to derelict places, above and beyond morbid fascination, which evoke the obvious questions. After seeing such places, and with a mixture of intuition and imagination, encourages the audience to try to figure out what is behind the sad remains of the spaces ended. Then it becomes a potential place with infinite stories, histories and memories.
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?
I would say the most difficult aspect is to make the team share the same idea, and for them to understand the concept running through the theme. It always changes at the moment you let different worlds get involved in something that was your personal idea. The project inevitably evolves from the original design and takes shape into a new “thing” that belongs to the band of creatives.
3. As an editorial artist, what do you feel is one of the biggest mistakes beginners tend to make?
I think one of the dominant mistakes beginners make is to not prepare for their project properly, and to rely on post-production to fix their photographs. As a result, it can create overworked images and often reduces the crucial lessons that a photographer can learn during the shooting process. My opinion is that you have to treat every single photo like the piece of art that it is, and try to get the best possible raw photograph.
4. How would you describe your artistic style?
I work on every single picture I produce with the same care that a painter does when painting the details on their canvas, so I would say that my style is very pictorial, I guess that makes me a frustrated painter!
5. Do you prefer to be behind the camera or in front of it?
I find it very hard to be in front of the camera, so I will always try to be behind it, although if someone needs my help with a project that involves me being in their picture, I will never say no.
6. What is your greatest weakness; your greatest strength?
I think my greatest strength is that I am a perfectionist, therefore I always put my all into every project I do. However, as a result I tend to over prepare, forgetting that my creative intuition always works on my side. My greatest weakness is that I can waste time worrying over the most stupid details, I never think there are any stupid details!
7. What misconceptions do you think outsiders have about fashion and beauty editorials?
I guess fashion and beauty editorials are seen differently by different people. Some do not realise the hard work that is involved, not just for the people that participate in the work but also all the experience and knowledge required to create beautiful pictures that are able to speak in the context of fashion.
8. What is your secret to keeping a happy balanced life while following your passion?
I think following my passion is what’s keeping me happy and balanced.
9. Music feeds the soul and often motivates. What music are you playing while you are shooting?
I try to play music according to the work I am doing. Hopefully then the songs and the artists I listen to, help to develop my projects and lead to new ideas and creative directions.
10. Words to live by?
Try to do everything you do with passion and keep going.
MODEL / AIDAN DEEGAN