Mumu, David Willis.
Carnival Magazine talks to David Willis, up and coming fashion photographer from Kent with a passion for simplicity, elegance and glamour...
Tell us about yourself.
I've lived in Kent all my life and I love it here. I'm only an hour away from London too. Other than photography my interests include live music, the gym and old Volkswagens.
Did you study photography or a related course?
I took an Adult Education foundation course in photography a couple of years ago, but other than that I've learnt everything I know by taking photos and experimenting.
Tell us about your work.
I don't feel that I have a particular style yet, it’s still very early in my career. I try and shoot as much as I can, but as I work a 9 to 5 as well, it’s admittedly not as often as I would like. I like to keep things simple, I don't think I've done a shoot using more than two lights.
What do you love about photography?
I love the feeling you get during a shoot when you see an image on the back of the camera and you know straight away that its something special… the fact that you took it!
Which photographers inspire your practice?
I've always loved the work of Rankin, but I'm just as inspired by other photographers that I see on Twitter or Instagram.
Tell us about the featured photography, 'Mumu'.
There wasn't so much a concept behind it, other than the model wanting to try out fashion style images. It was shot in a local bar and the room we used was the 'burlesque suite'. We had the use of lots of different walls, furniture and a few prop like items to use. Most of the shots were taken using natural light, except for the shots where the model has the darker makeup which were lit using just a flashgun as we were looking for a high contrast of light and shadow.
Is there any additional information you wish for us to publish?
I'm always looking to work with other creatives so feel free to get in touch.
PHOTOGRAPHY / David Willis
MODELS / Jessie Victoria
FASHION STYLING / Annabelle Atkins
MUA / Chiara Lawrance
See more of David's work in Carnival Magazine Issue 02 and on his portfolio website.