Monday, 12 July 2010

Bryant Eslava

Bryant Eslava
now: Mexico City
flickr website

By looking at your portfolio, am I correct in assuming that you're interested in fashion-related photography? If so, how did you get into it?

That's correct. Ever since I first started shooting, I was never into nature photography or party pictures at venues or anything like that.
I got into fashion photography, by asking friends at the time if they wanted to have a 'mini shoot', and they were always up for it. It's funny I actually have some photos in my flickr account from the begging that are 'hidden' and I'll never show anyone.

What would you say is the charm of a "faux-vintage" look in pictures?

The charm about a faux-vintage photo, is that it'll just keep looking more and more interesting and inspiring in so many ways, by coming back to it and never getting tired of being inspired by it.

When I looked through your pictures, I happened to listen to N.E.R.D. at the same time and I personally felt that these two fit perfectly. Is there any musical act that you'd combine to your work within a, say, exhibition?

That's awesome, N.E.R.D is good, I like!! But of course I do, I'm always listening to music and it has had a big impact on how my photos have turned out. Three great artist who've done a big impact on a lot of my work are: Tycho, Toro Y Moi and Washed Out. The link named 'Ambient' on my website explains it all and I feel that any photographer who enjoys shooting fashion could enjoy this music as well.
But yeah, I just like to sit in a dark room with my headphones on while bouncing my head to these chill wave/ambient artists while I'm editing.

Do you think that it is possible to really "read" photographs?

Yes, yes! Of course! I do think every single photo has a story behind it, especially if movement and color is going on.
Although I don't really know how to read some of the photos my mother took of me. When I was 4 years old at Chuck E. Cheese, she would attempt to take photos of me, but I could never really see my face... maybe it’s because she thought getting up close to me and having the flash over-exposed would make me look better? I have no idea.

You're in the process of moving to Mexico City. What's the best and worst thing in changing places?

My flight actually leaves today in a couple hours. I'm sitting on my bed with all my luggage sitting around me and waiting to say some goodbyes to family.
Well let's start off with worst thing first, since I'd like to save the best for last. The worst thing about leaving Los Angeles/Orange County is, I'll miss my family and my friends. Not just that, but the daily routine of driving down the same road to get to school and getting my film developed and everything else in between. I'm going to miss all the memories I've made with everyone I first started shooting with, and those who have made me who I am now.
The best thing about changing to places is that it's a whole new beginning and it's time to move on. My idea of becoming a photographer was to travel and take my work all over the place. I don't wanna bore myself by shooting the same people, and I feel like it's always good to be moving all over the world if you want to photograph fashion. We get older, we move on. Some of us get older and stay. Some of us get older and go.

Did you take some last pictures of the place you're leaving?

I've taken tons of pictures lately before leaving, and I'll be printing/framing those up in my new room.
I'll be posting more soon under '35mm/random' on my website. Oh and I'll be taking some at the airport or whatever catches my eye on the way there. I always seem to find airports really interesting to shoot at for some reason. If I see a group of people crying goodbyes I'll make sure I capture that and share it all with you.

Which editing software do you use?

Well I use Photoshop CS5 program. I believe every photographer who likes to do color corrections and knows how to use the tools deserves to have it. It's been very beneficial to me.

Dangers of using flash?

The dangers of flash are: never ever ever, get too close to someone or an object unless you like to have photos overexposed where you can't see anything... I've learned that from my first time doing it.

Would you say that being a photographer to some extend always involves being a violator of privacy?

It all depends on what type of photographer you are, but with fashion of course it requires tons of violation of others’ privacy.
It only happens to me while shooting on location though. I've been kicked out/yelled at by owners to get off property because of simply having the model stand in front of their walls. People will always be rude, but it all ends up being worth it in the end.

The best lunch dish in summer?

The best lunch dish for the summer... hmm I would have to say a 'Hollywood Bowl' from Native Foods. It's Ginger marinated and seared tofu spears over organic brown rice, steamed veggies, and organic greens in out tangy freshly roasted peanut sauce. Very filling and a really good dish for a vegan person, I love it. I'm going to miss not having Native Foods in Mexico.

A word you need to cross out of your vocabulary?

I was actually just talking about that yesterday! It would be the word 'like'.
Did you ever have to give some kind of small speech in your English class in high school, and your teacher would say "Try not to use the work like/um/uh, during the speech" and everyone would struggle? And catch themselves during the middle of the talk? Haha, it's just a word that makes someone’s vocab seem really poor.

A song that deserves more credit?

A song that deserves more credit would have to be “Thanks Vision” by Toro Y Moi, I think everyone should go and listen to it. I could have it on repeat and would never get sick of it.

Young, Fresh and New, be sure to take a look at his work.

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