Manolo Campion, Photographer Interview

Fewer industries offer a broader arrange of career opportunities than fashion. In our ongoing series, The Impression highlights some of the industry’s most talented people and interesting jobs.

How did you get your start in photography?
I actually got started in film, but wasn’t crazy about the industry, I wanted more freedom to shoot my own creative projects without the time consuming restrictions of film…. I loved the simplicity and direct nature of still photography as compared to the huge complicated movie sets I had been on…. and I absolutely fell in love with the darkroom!

What makes a great fashion photograph?
The beauty of this question is that the answer can’t be nailed down….people’s tastes constantly change, and this keeps things interesting!

How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it?
At the moment I’d say, a clean, direct beauty. A geometric approach to framing people and clothing.

What sort of impact do you think digital has on fashion photography?
The time a project takes now is drastically shorter then when I graduated art school. The down side of this is that some projects not are not allowed the time they need to naturally evolve into something great. I also feel that in some ways it has cheapened the medium, and has allowed the industry to become over-saturated. On the flip side, it has forced many to become more creative in order to stand out from the ever-growing crowd.

What are three of your favorite online destinations?
“Favorite” and “Online” rarely occupy the same space in my head.

Lately I’ve been devising strategies for spending less time online.

What type of impression do you want to make?
Professionally I want to express a realistic, attainable beauty, one that doesn’t cause inner turmoil in its viewer but that inspires a independent spirit!

Personally I want to leave people with a sense of their having shared an authentic space / time with me.

Manolo Campion is a Photographer on the The Impression Biannual Vol. 2