About two years ago I stopped shooting fashion photography. I had only been shooting for about a year and a half when I got to a point where it just wasn’t fun anymore. I had originally gotten into photography through my music. I was writing and releasing songs and they needed visuals to go along with them so I decided I needed to learn to shoot myself. Not particularly surprising or new as I had been used to doing everything myself from songwriting to producing, recording, and mixing. I had a little basic experience and from there I just taught myself using my only camera, a point and shoot. At the time I was going to a school called Ontario College of Art and Design and I remember being able to spend hours upon hour by myself in this little makeshift studio with two studio lamps trying to make art out of myself. I didn’t get lonely and I didn’t feel bored.
I then got into Toronto’s biggest youth arts program called The Remix Project. My application portfolio was all self portraits. There I learned how to use a DSLR. Through a new friend I got a chance to shoot the Toronto Fashion Week runway shows for several seasons as official media. I tried my hand at editorials too. But I didn’t feel like I was growing or getting good enough. I felt a lot of pressure and politics and they made it lose its fun. I’ve recently been thinking about getting back into it. I always shoot myself like in the case of the image above but I’m thinking about maybe turning my lens on some new subjects and bringing that content here. What do you guys think?
Jumpsuit by Topshop Unique
Shoes by Aldo
Rings by H&M