Patrick Park Interview

Words by Patrick Park & Matthew Farnsworth

Do you remember the first photo that you took that really stuck with you?

PP: Yes, in my short career of 4 years as a full-time photographer, there’s one photoshoot and photo that changed my life. From a production manager & part-time student, this one shot has given me the building block of my career, providing me the opportunity to eventually take photography as full-time occupation.

What and who inspires your work?

PP: I have several photographers that inspire me; most of them having a documentary-approach to fashion photography, for i.e. Jamie Hawkesworth, Alasdair Mclellan, etc. I also have a deep appreciation and respect for photographers that have taught us, younger photographers the importance of ‘learning to see’; just to name few, “Annie Leibovitz and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

What tips would you give to a new photographer?

PP: Without being, cliche on this question, I’d say go learn what you want to photograph and be consistent, because I think that consistency usually defines you as a photographer. Also, don’t pigeon-hole yourself by labeling yourself as ‘portrait, natural light, fashion’ photographer. We’re all just photographers!!

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