REDMILK MEETS THE PHOTOGRAPHER TO DISCOVER HIS PASSIONS AND SOME ODDITIES. DISCOVER THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!
What are you currently obsessed with?
I’m currently obsessed with finishing my Master of Fine Arts thesis paper. Because it’s about my work this isn’t just another assignment for me, so over the past few months I’ve thrown myself into researching and writing mode with hopes of making the best paper possible. I’m also a very big basketball fan, so when I need a break from working, watching the NBA playoffs acts as a different kind of obsession.
Is there any female artists from any era you would be pleased to have a chat with?
This is a tough choice as there are lots of female artists I would like to chat with, but one in particular would have to be Andrea Grutzner. She is a German photographer whose work has had quite an influence on my practice. Like myself, she documents architecture in an abstracted way to guide the viewer’s eye off the beaten track, opening them up to what new perspectives of space can do to their perceptions of the urban terrain. Since I’m writing about Andrea for my thesis, I would love to ask about her process and decision making when it comes to her projects.
Who is your current favourite music artist?
My favourite music artist is Beck. I have loved his folkie atmospheric sounds since I first heard his Odelay album. I was lucky enough to see him this past February when he was touring Australia, which made my year. When I’m out taking photos listening to his music is a great way for me to drown out the sounds of the space and become one with my environment.
Which is an underestimated sense?
Most may not agree with me, but I feel an underestimated sense would be sight. In the digital age most are focused on seeing through social media and their phones. Due to this most people are missing out on all that is around them, which causes their understanding and perception of the world to be diluted. That is why I hope my photography of the overlooked aspects of cities can shift the way people observe and make sense of the spaces they occupy.
Is there any particular person who shaped your personality during your adolescence?
In regards to my creative personality one of my first teachers in college named Brooke Keesling helped shape that. She taught me to not care what others think and take risks with no fear of failure, which is exactly how I work to this day.
How would you define your clothing style?
I love fashion and clothing. As an artist I’m lucky enough to have no set dress code and have been developing my style for the past few years. Funny enough it sort of relates to my photographic practice. I would describe my look as very minimal mixed with a touch of color and street flair to add a bit of an edge. The main brands I wear are Maison Margiela, Acne Studios, Rag and Bone, Undercover and Gucci. You will usually see me in a simple t-shirt and jeans with a colorful cardigan or jacket and sneakers.
Where do you find inspiration? Which was the project that has mostly passionate you?
I find inspiration from all over, whether it’s from fashion campaigns or the hundreds of other artists I follow on Instagram. The constant flux of seeing people continually being innovative and creating new work fills me with a desire to keep pushing myself forward. Before getting into photography I wanted to be a painter, while that is not in the forefront of my mind now, I feel those experiences have provided a subconscious inspiration for my use of color and formalist compositions. Since beginning the masters course though, my main influences have been other architectural photographers like Stephen Shore, Thomas Struth and Michael Wolf.
My plans for the future are to just be receptive to whatever comes my way. I would like to just continue documenting the architecture of the places I visit, as well as try to use my style in collaboration with fashion designers and other artists.