The man behind the lense
An interview with photographer: David Collins
You recently photographed dogstar Collection 2016. What did you think of the shoot and what did you enjoy the most?
I loved the recent shoot the dogstar team put together for their 2016 campaign. The postmodern, paper craft head piece with metal and silver accented accessories anchored our models character into the moody setting. My favourite moment in the shoot was when the two assistants were trying to balance an air-conditioning tube on a broom stick while the model posed for a portrait. The shots look great, but it felt like a surreal ‘behind the scenes’ moment.
What would be your 'dream gig' ?
It may sound cliché, but there are days when I take a step back from the camera and see that I'm on location with amazing and talented people creating something together, and I realize just how much I enjoy this work environment.
We all look for inspiration on a daily basis. What drives you to continue in such a challenging industry?
I have found traveling and injecting new experiences (both comfortable and unpleasant) keeps the cogs moving. One of the traps that photographers can fall into during busy season is to default into a comfortable shooting style. I’ve found constantly moving refreshes and informs the way I approach photography, giving me a sense of progression.
If you could photograph anyone or anything, past or present, who or what would it be?
I think Jeff Bridges would make for a pretty mean portrait.
What is the best advice you have received relating to your career as an artist?
Find someone you trust to review your work. It’s easy to develop attachments to images when you have a memory of a good, onset experience, rather than how the piece sits.
Oh, most importantly, what's your spirit animal?