My name is Matt and I am one of the few lucky individuals to land an internship with BRINK Magazine. I am a sophomore at the University of Central Florida majoring in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications. Over the past year, I really dove into the world of journalism, photography and even started a fashion-focused club on campus called “Iconic.”
I discovered my love for fashion and photography in high school when I made a mock-up fashion magazine for my senior project called “Passion.” I really enjoyed setting up the photo shoots, editing and seeing my hard work evolve into a real(ish) magazine.
Fast forward a couple years, and I am now embarking on a dream that once seemed so far fetched, interning for a print magazine focused on fashion, music and entertainment. I am so excited to learn and grow with BRINK Magazine.
For my first blog post, I’d like to give you all insight into my creative process by sharing some photographers that inspire me. I have a tattoo on my side that says, “Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence,” and I truly believe that. Your creativity is something that no one can take away from you.
My favorite way of expressing my creativity is through photography. I have had the privilege of working with some very talented photographers and have studied the works of successful fashion photographers. I’m sure you’re probably wondering who these people are. Lucky for you, I have created a list of my top five favorite photographers:
5. Sebastian Kim
Sebastian Kim has been published in many fashion magazines including Harpers Bazaar and Vogue as well as campaigns for Alexander Wang and John Galliano. Kim is able to tell stories with his colorful and avant-garde work in a sexy yet tasteful manner.
4. Terry Richardson
Terry Richardson is a celebrity photographer who has become a celebrity in his own right. From Lana Del Rey, to Lady Gaga, to everyone’s favorite misfit Lindsay Lohan, Richardson stays busy photographing A-list celebrities in his famous studio located in his New York City apartment. Richardson is so captivating because of his signature style, which is simple and real. By real, I mean he doesn’t rely on a make-up team and high-end wardrobe to make his subjects beautiful. Instead, he captures the natural beauty that most people do not see.
3. Eric Kim
Eric Kim is a street-photographer who I don’t really know how I discovered, but I am very glad I did. His work shows the world in its most natural and beautiful light. I have been following Kim’s work since last year and have experimented with some street photography myself. Even though I prefer shooting portraits, understanding street-style photography has helped me view my work differently. Sometimes the most compelling shots can be the ones that were unplanned.
2. Nick Knight
Nick Knight not only captures brilliant photographs, but moving pictures as well. As a former film student and lover of music videos, I enjoy this artist for his ability to tell elaborate stories through his camera. He has also shot many editorials for major fashion magazines, and advertisements for fashion designers as well, including my all-time favorite, Alexander McQueen.
1. Nigel Barker
Last, but certainly not least, the photographer who inspired me to pursue fashion photography, Nigel Barker. Like many fashion lovers, I have been watching America’s Next Top Model since the first cycle. I love the way Barker captures fashion in his editorials and advertisements. His work is timeless and chic which is why he is number one on my list of inspiring photographers.
Well, there you have it, five of my favorite photographers who have inspired me and influenced my work. I look forward to sharing more of my experiences, inspirations and tips with you during my internship with BRINK. Until then, find something that inspires you?