If you haven’t heard of Dove Shore before you should be ashamed of yourself. In fact, instead of a Christmas tree, we should all put a statue of the man instead … and that’s even an understatement.
He started his career by making the decision to switch from ‘directing and cinematography’ at Emerson College to taking classes ‘photography’ at Santa Monica College, after realizing that the film industry can be quite expensive. While spending his time in LA, he shared an apartment with Scott Weiland of Velvet Revolver, who was putting the band together at that time. So, Dove Shore asked if he could take their pictures and from there on one thing led to another.
Now, his qualities and skills are up until this day highly appreciated by many famous celebrities and supermodels. Just to give you a taste, he recently had the opportunity to shoot Ana De Armas, the lead actress in the new film Blade Runner 2049, for Flaunt Magazine. Are you excited yet?
You have to privilege to work with a lot of celebrities. Are they more difficult to work with than regular models? What’s the difference?
To be honest, there really isn’t much of a difference between the two. I think both celebrities and models appreciate a good bit of direction so they understand what you are trying to get out of them. In my experience, the really good models sort of have an actor quality to them in the sense that they are playing a character. A lot of times, the person you see in the photo isn’t necessarily who that model is at their core but they have the ability to tap into different roles depending on the photographer’s direction.
Which Blade Runner movie you liked the best and why? The old or the new one?
That’s a tough question. I really enjoyed both of them but if I had to pick one, I would pick the new film. The visual aspect of the new film is amazing.
You’re literally living the dream surrounded by all the rich and the famous. How do you stay so down-to-earth?
For me, it’s very easy to not get caught up in that sort of thing. I’ve always believed that money and fame don’t necessarily mean you will lead a happier or more successful life. I like to think that I am just a channel for a creative power that is greater than me. That power is really what deserves the credit, not me. I heard the perfect metaphor the other day that illustrates this perfectly: “I'm just a whistle. Without the air flowing through it, there is no beautiful sound.” That is what keeps me humble.
Which equipment do you use and what would be the ultimate tip you could give to starting photographers?
I use the Canon 5D Mk III and IV and the Canon 70-200mm f2.8L and the Canon 24-70mm f2.8L lenses. My best advice to photographers starting out would be, “shoot, shoot, shoot”. The more you shoot, the better you get.
What was the most epic thing that ever happened to you at a photoshoot?
The first thing that comes to mind is my trip to Rwanda, Africa. We were able to shoot with the local tribes which was very special to me. The second thing is when I had the opportunity to shoot at The Baths on the island of Virgin Gorda among the British Virgin Islands. It was one of the most beautiful locations I have ever been to.
Do you think with Instagram and other editing apps, real artists don’t exist anymore? Is it easier now (because they have more tools) or harder (because there’s more competition) to become a professional photographer?
Real artists definitely still exist, now more than ever. When digital was introduced to the mainstream, it made photography more accessible for people, which in turn flooded the market with a lot of talented photographers. I think it’s a positive change though as it challenges you to be better so you can stand out above the rest.
Name your top 3 list of best movies you’ve ever seen!
The Tree of Life, Pi, and Jules & Jim.
Model: Ana de Armas | Instagram