Brianzon Ong Acallar
Stylist and Creative Director:
Michael Amazona Del Mar
Gyn Cabrera Mendoza
Featured interview by the Stylist/ Creative Director Michael Amazona Del Mar
1. How does this collection speak to you? How did it come about? what did you want this to say to your audience?
I wanted to convey the sense of subtle eroticism by employing a paradoxical theme. The Forbidden is a fitting title that tells
Of the conflicting philosophies of the good and bad, the sin and the sinner But such is also LIFE. I have always wanted to style the male form and concoct images that try to bring my audience to places that might be away from their comfort zones, subtly hitting on themes involving fetishes, religion, and sexuality.
The Mood, Toning and Lighting of this shoot also plays big a role in contributing to the theme. What I want my audience to say about this editorial is that is an artistic expression, a sensual representation, and a celebration of the male beauty.That there is more to a picture than just a good looking model.
2. What do you find to be the most difficult when bringing a team of artist together to create a cohesive look? how do you pick the right team?
To create a STORY or theme that is understood by every single member of the team is the major difficulty in creating a cohesive look.
Sometimes you cannot avoid miscommunication so disseminating a simple thought might come across different on someone else’s point of view. It very important to have prep meeting with the team before the shoot so that everyone is on the same page. Picking the right team is crucial in having a successful shoot and You need to choose each member based on the merits of their body of work
And how it jives with your taste factor and personal style.
3. As an editorial artist, what do you feel is one of the biggest mistakes beginners tend to make?
Copying or Plagiarism. It is ok take references and have inspiration but blatant reproduction is just LAZINESS.
4. How would you describe your artistic style?
Minimal, edgy, Surreal.
5. Do you prefer to be behind the camera or in front of it.
Behind the camera, the sense of fulfillment is more felt especially if you did a great job.
6. What is your greatest weakness, your greatest strength?
Weakness: Censorship- I am based in country that may be sensitive to mature content or radical artistic expressions.
Strengths: Creativity- the ability to think through and create a cohesive look with less resources.
7. What misconceptions do you think outsiders have about fashion and beauty editorials?
They think that photo shoots are easy, put on clothes and makeup to a model, get someone with a camera, and then shoot.
But of course, it’s obviously more than that. In fact, as a creative director you have to put your nose on every detail on the shoot process.
8. What is your secret to keeping a happy balanced life while following your passion?
Keep doing the things you love!
9. Music feeds the soul and often motivates. What music are you playing while you are shooting?
Progressive House. A good mix of soothing beats and ambient sounds. It’s upbeat enough to keep everyone Energize, and slow enough to make people concentrate.
10. Words to live by?
Passion drives talent. Use your passion to put your talents to good use.