We are insanely excited to present the 30th installment of The Handsome Project. What better way to celebrate this milestone than showcasing a young Sydney photographer whose photos are absolutley fantastic and make us smile every time we see them. Read on to see the rest of Cameron’s WAH photoshoot and interview…
How did you get to here? (What’s your photographer history?)
I work as a television cameraman and have filmed a lot of shows based around the fashion industry. When I was filming the photo shoots I became envious of the creative freedom the fashion photographers had while I was stuck shooting boring reality television… so I decided to give it a go.
Are you a self-taught photographer or did you have a mentor/teacher that showed you the ropes?
I’m self taught but I do learn a lot from looking at fashion editorials. The technical side of photography wasn’t too difficult to get my head around because I’d been messing with video cameras for a while. My dad works as a photographer and he lent me an old SLR, which he put in manual mode and told me to “have a play with it,” so I did.
How did you come up with the concept behind your Handsome Project shoot?
The idea came about when I saw the Toucan print on the opening page of the current campaign. He looked so cute and bright that it made me think that wherever you wore him you would feel like you’re in the tropics… ok… I actually just wanted an excuse to buy an inflatable monkey!
With the mobile oasis shoot, I simply wanted to convey the idea that where ever someone wears the swimsuits they’ll feel like they’re in paradise… and I think the perfect juxtaposition for paradise is a desert. This shoot was much more conceptual in style than anything I’ve done before, but the whole idea came to me very quickly. I knew exactly what I wanted so I hit the $2 dollar stores to look for inflatable stuff and then just hoped for good weather.
How did you go about tracking down a camel to use in the shoot and how was he to work with?
Last year for my girlfriends birthday I organized a surprise sunset camel ride. While we were there we became friends with the camel owners and I showed them some of my photos. They told me they’d work out a good deal if ever I wanted to include a camel in a shoot.
Scooter has a cruisy personality and was awesome to work with. He basically just sat around while the girls scratched his neck and loved the attention. His owner Rod, was very efficient and really seemed to enjoy bringing my wacky concept to life.
Do you prefer film or digital? Why?
I love the look of film more than anything but I need the forgivingness of digital!
Most of my time in post production is spent trying to give digital photos a film like look.
Although I love my Canon 5D, the camera I actually use the most is on my iphone. It compensates for my terrible memory and is always in my pocket to help snap a location or an idea that can later be realized with my big camera.
Describe your photographic approach.
Most of my shoots have very little planning apart from knowing I like the look of the location. From there I usually throw together a bag of old clothes from under my bed which is stuff I collect from markets and vinnies etc… and then I just grab a model and hope for the best!
My biggest secret to making a shoot run smoothly is beer! It might be hard work carrying a case of beer along with the rest of my gear but it’s always appreciated by the owner of the location or animal that I wish to take photos of.
If you could take your photography in any direction without fear of failure or rejection, where would it lead? What new things would you try?
I would definitely like to travel the world and explore more diverse locations and landscapes. I would also like to spend a lot more time shooting fashion videos.
We would like to send a big thankyou to Cameron for this gorgeous shoot. It’s different to anything we’ve seen at the Project and it definitely has a raw appeal that we adore. Stay tuned for part two, it couldn’t be more different from this shoot but is still all kinds of amazing! xx