We recently received a bunch of gorgeous portrait shoots from our lovely contributors, so we thought we’d take a second to ask each of them a bit about why they take pictures. This is interview2, with Monet Lucki, you can see number 1 here.
What drives you as a photographer?
What drives me as a photographer is the ability to take mental notes throughout life and visually translate them into a reality. I like the idea of being able to fuse various inspirations, personalities, and aesthetics into one set.
The sense of collaboration is something very unique and important to me within photography. I feel like a photograph is never solely just MY photograph, it’s a little bit of the stylists’, the makeup artist, the hair stylist, the model , etc. We all bring something to the set and combine our individuality almost subconsciously. Half of the time I show up for a shoot it winds up going in a direction I had never thought of prior, for the better, and I think that’s just part of the beauty of it all.
Do you consider yourself a fashion photographer?
I mean technically speaking I guess. I like to think of it more as portraiture enhanced by using fashion. But yes, fashion is my main interest in photography.
What do you think about the fashion industry?
It has its’ pro’s and con’s just like everything else. But I have a great amount of respect for the industry. Everyone who is of importance today has had to work extremely hard to be where they are. I think this is something really important to remember especially with the amount of people competing to partake in the industry.
About this shoot:
We wanted to keep this shoot a bit minimal in terms of styling and focus more on Alex. When shooting I kept thinking about the movie American Psycho and giving Alex this “sweaty serial killer”, male hysteria, look and aesthetic. He was able to embody that persona without verbally projecting the concept. He understood the energy of the shoot so and we let him go with it instinctively.