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Interview: Chris Wilson

We had a small chat with UK-Born photographer Chris Wilson, who recently did a shoot for the latest Spectacle Magazine for Garrett Leight Califonia Optical. 

What initially drew you to photography?

Visual imagery has always made the biggest impression on me. I have also always experimented with creative, expressive mediums that I am inquisitively drawn towards: music, design, art, film, photography, sports, etc. It gets to the point where I almost obsess over things that I become interested in. I want to learn the processes behind it so that I can really push my abilities to their limits. At times it gets to the point where I feel that it’s not quite clicking right, then I move on. It just so happens that photography is one thing that I find comes most naturally and it also goes hand-in-hand with my other profession; architecture.

What obstacles, if any, have you encountered on your path to becoming a photographer?

Weather can be a bitch. You’d think that by living in Australia it would be something you can rely on, but Sydney can have very inconsistent conditions. This makes it diffcult to arrange trips or shoots in advance.

What drives your work now?

Experimentation. Exploration. Progression.

You work frequently with high fashion magazines and journals. Do you find that these avenues give you broader scope to work with your particular style of photography?

Absolutely. I am fortunate enough to have worked with magazines and brands that share similar interests as myself. It really helps when you see eye-to-eye with your clients.

You occasionally use over exposed lighting in some of the photos. Is there a particular reason for this? Is this something you particularly ascribe to in your Australian photographs?

I could get theoretical and deep by explaining that it’s a reflection of the harsh, burning brightness of the Australian sun, but that would be lying. It’s just how I like the images to look.

What makes a great photograph for you? Has that idea evolved over your career?

The ability to take you into another place or time; be it real or fictional. Photos have to present a strong sense of atmosphere and make you feel something. That, after all, is surely the primary purpose of all art, to evoke emotions. As far back as I can remember, that has always been my opinion.

What’s next?

Experimentation. Exploration. Progression.

Do you have any advice for early career freelance photographers?

I’m certainly not the person to ask, I still have a hell of a lot to learn. I’m happy to share what knowledge I have on certain topics but I have more questions than answers.

UK-born photographer Chris Wilson currently resides in Sydney, Australia after living for various periods in New Zealand, Spain and, most recently, New York City. He has a strong eye for capturing beauty in all things natural; from landscapes to the female form. The transition from cold NYC winters to the warm, beach-side climate of Australia is apparent in his photos and his work is beginning to show a new change of direction.

Chris has had his work featured in international print and online publications such as: Highsnobiety, What Youth, C-Heads Magazine, P Magazine, The Adventure Handbook, Outbound Collective, Sticks & Stones, Freunde von Freunden and Nextdoormodel.

Personal Website www.prospectrefuge.co.uk

Instagram @chriswilso

Facebook www.facebook.com/prospectrefuge

 

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