Photog. Anthony Rogers
model. Arthur of LOOK MODELS SF
stylist. Simon Huang
stylist assistant. Leo Lee
MUAH. Andromeda Quan
Photographers Assistant. Sierra Meszaros
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?
This body of imagery really speaks to me in a personal manner, I'm a person that has different styles when it comes to either what I wear, how I interact with people, etc so this body of work came out about in a fluid manner because I resonated with the concept quite dearly. So in turn, I
want the viewer to experience this form of growth and “bloom” if you'd call it that! Starting with a masculine facade and then changing into a feminine demeanor.
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 ?
It's always a challenge trying to get the right people for a specific editorial, I try to network with a variety of people with various styles. So if I need a make up artist who's speciality is gothic make up then I'll shoot them an email. But if say they're busy with another client then that
becomes difficult in terms of planning!
3. As an editorial artist, what do you feel is one of the biggest mistakes beginners tend to make?
I remember my beginning days as a photographer and as an editorial artists trying to achieve the look of other artists I've seen in magazines and on the internet. One mistake I would tell myself to watch out for is don't overexert yourself. Larger productions have full teams, an agency to
budget them, I know you want to create that Marcus and Mert photoshoot but simple is better. Start simple and work your way up slowly as you learn.
4. How would you describe your artistic style?
I would describe my style as organic, I'm not one to create imagery constantly. Kind of that ideal quality over quantity. So when I'm coming up with a new editorial concept, I'm trying to really put the pieces together not so much, “Oh I saw this nun editorial from Steven Meisel, lets do that.” I want to create something from completely nothing, so I would describe that as organic.
5. Do you prefer to be behind the camera or in front of it?
For me it's completely behind the lens time. I don't like to go in front of the lens only if I need to direct the model. I usually have an assistant on staff if it's a bigger shoot because I focus mainly on my camera and my computer if I'm tethering images to it.
6. What is your greatest weakness; your greatest strength?
I don't like to focus on my weaknesses, I don't have time to think about things in my life socially or photographically that hinder me. As for the same with my strengths, I believe whole hardily that I work, I show up on time, and I produce (in my heart) good imagery. So I focus my energy on that!
7. What misconceptions do you think outsiders have about fashion and beauty editorials?
People outside of fashion (my friends and family back home in my small town of Washington) think that these images are ALL photoshop and no physical touch. For example, I shot an editorial where I folded a GIANT paper crane out of seamless and had the model hold it on her
lap. My father called me after the editorial released and asked how I did that he assumed I photoshopped the crane in but the reality of it all was that I made it that day on the shoot.
8. What is your secret to keeping a happy balanced life while following your passion?
For myself, photography keeps me happy and balanced. I don't do much outside of the photography world besides sleep. When I'm not doing a shoot, or retouching, or producing I'm home reading and it's scary. I have to sit with myself and listen to my thoughts, so when I'm
shooting I'm perfectly in balance.
9. Music feeds the soul and often motivates. What music are you playing while you are shooting?
KPOP. Straight up. A lot of my editorials are inspired by KPOP music videos. Whether it be the dance, the make up, set design, story, wardrobe styling. A song I'd highly recommend for photoshoot background noise is Sunmi's “ 24 시간이 모자라 (24 Hours).”
10. Words to live by?
“I want my journey to be full of laughter” -Yuna