David Urbanke

Published by Elise Parkes on 19-Sep-2011 Interviews

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

I started photography a little over a year ago. I first started taking snaps of Blythe Dolls and then practicing on friends, mainly girls from school.

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

Models are definitely my favourite subject. I’m all about a quirky or awkward look. Stereotypical beauty can be so boring!  I started fashion photography to showcase my ideas. For me it’s really never been about the “fashion” and more about creating a mood.

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

I shoot whatever ideas come to mind and execute what feels natural to me. I think that there is a big difference between commercial and fine art photography, but fashion photography in general has always felt like a mix of the two to me.

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

I am greatly inspired by Camilla Akrans. The way she always captures soft beauty is perfect. She always creates such amazing atmospheres and tones in her work.

Do you aspire to move into the direction of the inspiration or do you use it as a starting base?

I  like to use inspiration as a starting base. I love the way Camilla captures ones beauty. Her work truly stands out from everyone else’s. She’s always so recognizable.

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?

In my opinion the industry is at a really strong point right now. There is so much new young talent arising and coming forward all of the time. There will always be inspiration from old photographers, but this is not so much of a bad thing. I personally would be lost without some of Avedon’s work to inspire me.

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’?

I enjoy shooting whatever comes to mind. I don’t worry about if it’s fresh or not. My motto is, “if you have an idea, just go for it and make it your own.”

Are there any projects you are working on?

I’m currently in the process of taking my portfolio to the next level. I just shot an editorial with the beautiful albino model Diandra Forrest which should be out in the next few months. It’s extremely natural and elegant. I can’t wait to release it, the wait is killing me!

What’s your favourite photography medium and preferred camera?

I love shooting digitally. My favourite camera is the Canon 5d Mark II.

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

The collaboration of so many artists and styles is what makes the industry so unique. From the photographer to the clothes, hair and makeup, all comes together as a combined effort and this is what I love. I dislike how in this industry there is such a harsh judgement on outer appearances. I tend to dress quite simply.  I just wear what I enjoy and don’t worry too much about what anyone has to say.

More of David’s work can be found at www.davidurbanke.com

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