Damon Baker

Published by Elise Parkes on 20-Feb-2011 Industry, Interviews
Tags: Photography, Damon Baker, Photographer

When did you start photography, and how did you get into it?

There wasn't a point that I 'started' - it's always been an interest, a hobby, whatever you'd like to call it.

What are your favourite subjects and why did you move into fashion photography?

I find fashion interesting, I find beautiful people exciting and I see attitudes as a toy to play with.

Do you feel you need to define a difference between your fine art fashion photography or the purely commercial, or do you ideally blend the two?

I'm creating a world; I'm sharing that world with you. I don't necessarily feel the need to define, this should come naturally - I feel the need to create.

Who or what has been your main inspiration as a photographer?

I am inspired by people, their attitudes, their sense of style, their movement and how they interact with others. The human mind is intensely interesting.

What do you think of the current industry & do you think fashion photography in general has progressed, or do you believe we’ve regressed to try to emulate the works of old masters?

Fashion is forever changing, what we like now could be completely different within the space of a few weeks.

Coming up with something new, is obviously hard, but is the new factor important to you, or would you prefer working on something that’s currently ‘fresh’?

Fresh is always great, it gives room to create something new and bounce ideas back and forth. I guess it depends on the project.

Are there any projects you are working on?

I always have a million projects - these will come to the surface very soon.

What do you prefer shooting? Is it menswear or women’s wear?

I enjoy shooting women’s wear and menswear - I was at one stage shooting a lot of women’s wear but recently have been working on menswear also, it's great how much fun you can have and how different you can make it.

What’s your preferred camera?

A camera is a camera - in my opinion, it's what you do with it. Vision is crucial!

What do you like in fashion & what do you dislike?

I like the freedom to express yourself.

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