What didn’t make it into the final print
Visual artists that inspire you:
I get inspired by so many artists, if I listed them all here I’d go on forever.
Maybe I’ll just give you stuff that happen to inspire me as of right now: Nobuyoshi Araki’s Sentimental Journey, Winter Journey, David Armstrong’s out of focus landscapes, Edward Hopper’s paintings, Roger Ballen’s Outland, Mario Sorrenti’s Calvin Klein Obsession campaign with Kate Moss when they were still dating, Egon Schiele forever, David Bailey’s JS DB NY 62, George Lois’s Esquire covers from the 60’s, Corrine Day RIP, Sibylle Bergman’s East German fashion photography before the Berlin wall fell, Terry Richardson’s Sisley ads in the 90’s, the work of Bob Richardson, Garry Winogrand, a great young Japanese photographer named Yuhki Touyama, Alec Soth’s Sleeping by the Mississippi, Michel Gondry’s Interior Design from Tokyo!, Lise Sarfati’s The New Life, Venetia Scott’s Margaret Howell ads, Jonathan Leder’s polaroids, my girlfriend Sam’s blog, Roger Deckker’s studio stuff, Robert Frank’s The Americans, Annie Liebovitz’s Rolling Stones tour photos, Robert Longo’s Men in the Cities, my friend Michy’s illustrations, August Sander’s portraits, Weegee’s crime scene stuff, I’m just listing them all down here but there’s a lot. Too much sometimes I think.
Craziest thing you’ve done to get the perfect shot:
Craziest thing I did to get the perfect shot was probably was probably during the shoot with Steve Aoki in Manila, we were on the roof of his hotel and I had him sit on a ledge overlooking the street, like 20+ stories up. It was a straight fall down, and I was up there on the ledge with him. He said something like ‘In tomorrow morning’s paper the headline will be ‘DJ Steve Aoki falls to his death’ and we both laughed nervously. I still think about it sometimes and imagine what would’ve happened if he fell, or if I fell. How morbid of me, I know.
Aside from taking pictures, what else do you love to do?
Right now I love eating. I’ve been exploring a lot of new gastronomic sensations, either trying new places to eat or cooking new things. And I guess it isn’t taking pictures technically, but I also enjoy processing my own film and all the nuances involved in different film and developer combinations. It’s all very nerdy. Really, I’m obsessed with photography and I honestly don’t do much that isn’t photography related.
How does your vision board look like?
I don’t really have a vision board, everything is on my Macbook. It is very neat and organized into ordered rows and columns inside white windows which are then stored into blue folders. *Cue Zoolander* The files are inside the computer??
What are you currently reading?
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I read Remains of the Day and enjoyed it, and I heard they were making a movie about this one so I thought I’d read before I watch the film.
Best way to relax your subject:
Be a nice, genuine person. Don’t be a creeper and/or an asshole.