Find out how to discover your fashion as a inventive
Think of your favorite photographers, designers, illustrators, and animators, and chances are that you will be drawn to their work because of the specificity of their style. While your student days are generally viewed as a time to experiment with different media and aesthetics, having an original style in the world of work is an essential part of contracting and building a customer base.
That doesn't mean that finding your own style takes a lot of time and effort, as portrait photographer Alex de Mora and illustrator Shyama Golden explain here. We talk to them about the importance of taking the time to find inspiration in unexpected places and why finding your style is something that is never quite finished.
Slowthai for Highsnobiety by Alex de Mora
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While Alex de Mora is now known for series of portraits, such as his youngest one, which documents the hip-hop scene in Mongolia, or for editorial assignments in which Slowthai is filmed, most of his teenagers dreamed of being musicians themselves. After moving to London in his mid twenties and realizing that his original career plan might not work as planned, he decided to combine his love of music with a degree in media, photography and film.
"I was thrilled to want to document everything I saw and my style naturally evolved into portraiture," he tells CR. "I had also grown up buying religious magazines and was drawn to the visual elements of various subcultures as much as I was to music. Perhaps the photographic side of things was there subconsciously all along. Essentially, my obsession with music is on photography and I think my taste in music probably determined my style of photography. "