REDMILK LOVES OUT OF THE BOX MINDS! DISCOVER THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH AKRAM SHAH.
1.Is there a particular person who has inspired you throughout your life? If so, who and why?
Many, many artists, photographers, directors, writers, thinkers, and everything in between. Far too many to name. I believe my biggest inspiration was my MOTHER, who is hard-working, passionate, and intelligent. The values of love and compassion she’s taught me permeate into many aspects of my work. An honorary mention to all my friends, who are also the subjects of my photography and are inspiring in and of themselves.
2.What is your biggest passion and what is your dream career or goal, and do the two go hand in hand for you?
Being young, I find myself having renaissance moments where I become unhappy with what I’m doing, and eventually find a new passion. I’ve been interested in everything from film, to photo, to tech. I believe that no matter what I end up doing, I must ultimately be happy with it, or there is little reason to be doing it.
3.What place do you find the most relaxing, a place where you can recharge yourself, and gather your thoughts?
Anywhere in nature. I grew up in the city, and I’ve done everything there is to do. I find peace and solace in nature and often travel to non-metropolitan destinations when I have the chance to vacation. It’s also a large part of my art as well, an obsession with America’s people and landscapes in the South and West.
4.Who or what would you say is your biggest influence?
Again, pretty hard to narrow down. I would say photographers such as Araki, Penn, Newton, Teller, and so on. Directors such as Kubrick, Wong Kar-wai, Agnes Varda, Chris Marker, and so forth. Music, especially,of all kinds but I had a very big obsession with Southern hip-hop growing up.
5.When you get dressed in the morning or when going out, do you find yourself to be inspired by your mood or are you someone who prefers to wear a specific “uniform”?
I prefer a specific uniform. Fashion as whole is very commodified and to me is incredibly consumerist, is why I’d never value it as an art form. This definitely shows in my sense of style, it’s very relaxed and often repeating. I prefer wearing the same $5 Hanes tee over an expensive piece if I can make it look good. So maybe no “mood” involved, but probably a subconscious thought about where I’m headed to.
6.Last but not least, the typical question you might ask someone when trying to get to know them better. What’s your favorite color?