While New Jersey may be known for it’s infamous party scene (Jersey Shore anyone?) the garden state seems to be harbouring some serious artistic talent – David Moses amongst them. The young budding photographer seems to have a keen eye for style and detail, his photos being particularly fashion-oriented – which is a plus being that David has a love for both fashion AND photography. As a young photographer to watch, I was able to catch up with Mr. Moses to see more about his take on photography and his plans and hopes for the future! Here’s a bit of what he had to say:
Rachel Schwartzmann: What do you consider sexy? What makes something or someone unsexy?
David Moses: Mystery is sexy. Whenever I see a really beautiful girl or guy in a photograph and I can’t really tell what’s going on it’s sexy. Sexy is who you are not what you wear. Sexy is being confident in your own skin. Bondage is not sexy. Blow-jobs are not sexy. Skin tight clothing is not sexy. Sexy is not a costume that you can wear, it’s a feeling that you exude. Doubt usually makes people unsexy. When people try to hard it’s unsexy. Realness is sexy.
Rachel Schwartzmann: How did you first get started in photography?
David Moses: A couple of years ago my sister’s friend started photographing my sister. When I first saw some of the pictures her friend had shot I was taken aback; They were spectacular. The composition was amazing, the lighting was phenomenal, and my sister looked absolutely beautiful. My sister’s friend was the bane of my existence. She had a really expensive camera and she knew how to use it really well. After growing more and more envious, I finally bought myself a DSLR. I soon became more comfortable using the camera so I made a Flickr account and started posting pictures. I guess it all started from there.
Rachel Schwartzmann: What is the primary concept of your work? What inspires you the most?
David Moses: I’d have to say the primary concept of my work is the beauty of human beings. I love photography so much because I love beautiful people so much. The people I photograph are what inspire me the most. I get inspiration online and in magazines but most of the time I’m inspired solely on the beauty of my models.
Rachel Schwartzmann: What do you think is the main connection between fashion and photography? How do they compliment one another?
David Moses: Fashion and photography are best friends. How could one appreciate fashion without photography? How could one record fashion and advertise it without photography? Fashion needs photography as much as photography needs fashion.. Without fashion, what would photographers have to shoot? What would photographers be inspired by? Fashion and photography compliment one another by helping and inspiring each other. Photographers get inspired by fashion and designers get inspired by photographs. Together, they work cohesively to create more and more great things.
Rachel Schwartzmann: What do you enjoy shooting? What do you struggle with?
David Moses: I really enjoy shooting people. I think they’re the most interesting subject. Women are really easy for me to photograph. What I struggle with is shooting men. I’m not sure what it is about men that’s difficult for me to photograph but I always have a hard time when I shoot them.
Rachel Schwartzmann: If you could apprentice/intern for any photographer who would it be and why?
David Moses: If I could apprentice/intern for any photographer it would have to be Tim Walker. Walker’s photography makes me fall over in my seat. From his spreads in Vogue to his book Tim Walker Pictures, I am always stunned by his beautiful, dream-like photographs. To work with someone who motivates me to take pictures would be a dream.
Rachel Schwartzmann: On an end note what are your thoughts on sex, fashion and photography individually?
David Moses: Sex sells so let’s keep at it, right? Fashion encourages me to take photos and the artistic genius that some designers possess never ceases to amaze me. Photography shouldn’t be taken as lightly as it is these days. People consider photography a hobby and that’s just not the case. Photography is something really special that not all people can master.
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