So it's FINALLY here .. I have dreamed of doing this for a while but always kept putting it off .. But this year I am going to do everything I desire and then some .. Whether it be photographing Empress in a wedding gown in the grocery store shopping or whatever .. This is the year!!
So to kick off this series of "WATPIYF" we have an outstanding photographer, flickr friend and overall class act Creative Silence ..
His name may have silent in it but his work speaks VOLUMES!! So I wanted to virtually sit down and interview him and this is how it went down ..
1) What inspired the name Creative Silence?
The name Creative Silence pretty much embodies the spirit of the kind of vibe I promote visually. I feel the essence of photography is communication without words so I try to communicate through my images. Also, I happen to be a quiet guy, always thinking, so the name just fit my personality :)
2) It is quite obvious that you have a sense of style .. What do you attribute it to? Or in layman terms how did you get so damn fly?
Ha I appreciate that. I honestly don't think I'm that stylish, I'm just comfortable in my skin. I am a huge fan of the timeless aesthetic, the kind of style that doesn't go out of style so to speak. Also, I like the idea of gentlemanly style and elegance. Trendy is ok, but timeless rules so I try to represent that in the way I present myself and my work. Also, my dad was a very stylish cat in his day, I have to represent lol.
3) When did you first discover your love for photography? and would you say that you've evolved since you first started?
I'd say I found the love for photography as a child growing up. I was probably 10yrs old when my parents bought their 1st SLR that I proceeded to hijack during family vacations. I actually enjoyed the physical act of looking through a viewfinder, composing, and the mechanical feel of a shutter snapping. I think I've definitely evolved since starting, and I hope to continue evolving as time goes on.
4) What music artists are you listening to right now? Does music inspire you photographically?
I listen to so much music so it's hard to say who I'm listening to more nowadays. It's probably easier to say what I'm not listening to, which is just about anything playing on the radio currently lol. I love soul, rock, dancehall, hip hop, jazz, and anything in the vein of live instrumentation and funk. Music is a huge inspiration to me photographically. I think that has helped me find a niche in the local music scene since I usually am a fan of whomever I was commissioned to shoot, as well as helped define my brand. Every image I make evokes a song in my head.
5) When you take a photo or you're setting up a shot or scene what do you have in mind and what do you want the viewer to take from it?
The things that seem to be common in a lot of my setups are simplicity and connection. I like keeping my sessions fairly simple in setup to help establish a connection between my subject and myself with no distractions, which hopefully translates into a great connection between the viewer and my subject. I like ambiguity and thoughtfulness in my work as well, which I hope makes a viewer wonder just what was on my subject's mind and what place brought them to the mood and expression they show.
6) If you had to use one word to sum up what a day in your life is like what would it be?
7) Finally .. Since you were the first to be "flickrviewed" who would you pick to be next?
Ahh man! So much talent out here, that is a tough one but off the top
of my head, I'd love to see Philippe from Canada, better known as *p featured. I love the way he uses prime lenses and his work is so
So I hope that you enjoyed the beginning of the series and be on the lookout!! You never know .. you might be next so have your selfie ready!!
Photo by Creative Silence