Blog 1605 Gadir Rajab Photographer Katja Horvat

Artist to watch: Gadir Rajab and his new old style of fashion photography

I once wrote an essay that was completely focused on fashion photography today and how does our current technological milieu fundamentally alter fashion photography as we know it (oh, if you were wondering where is this going, Gadir is a photographer)…

Back then I wrote The fash­ion indus­try because of social media is at the moment entranced by front-end, con­sumer-fac­ing inno­va­tion, that over­rode what we know as a tra­di­tion­al pho­tog­ra­phy and pre­sen­ta­tion. Tech-enabled method­olo­gies deliv­er dif­fer­ent results as we know it, all visu­al infor­ma­tions are pushed, pulled and shared at every media there is, and as a result, we are wit­ness­ing the lack of qual­i­ty, as in this stage it’s more about the quan­ti­ty. Every­thing is advanc­ing at a rapid rate, dis­cour­ag­ing smarter, informed deci­sion-mak­ing.. ” So now we come to Gadir — he is exact­ly what fash­ion pho­tog­ra­phy in this day and age needs. He is still pret­ty much old-school’ and looks like he can’t be both­ered with any­thing. His pho­tos are sim­ple, self-explana­to­ry, allur­ing, enchant­i­ng and sim­ply — cool.

Gadir is Mel­bourne born — Syd­ney based pho­tog­ra­ph­er who’s dis­tinc­tive eye caught the atten­tion of pub­li­ca­tions like Vice, Oys­ter and Acclaim Mag­a­zine. What we love about Gadir is the non-pre­ten­siousnes in his pho­tos and the youth­ful atti­tude they pos­sess, with­out being kitschy or child­ish. We love the way he uses light­ing, his feel­ing for com­po­si­tion… Some­times there is just no need for crazy inven­tions and supe­ri­or tech­nique! Feel­ing, taste, sim­ple knowl­edge, obser­va­tion of sur­round­ings and being present is good enough, it’s more than good! I mean when they’ said less is more’, they’ were right. And that’s why we think Gadir is tru­ly the one to watch! With a taste and feel­ing like his, we are pret­ty sure he has a sol­id and long last­ing career ahead of him. Oh, and did we men­tion he makes kick ass lasagna!? Just one more thing to love!

What makes you want to take pic­tures?
I real­ly enjoy doing it and it gets bet­ter by age. New bet­ter expe­ri­ences around the world. Work­ing with oth­er cre­ative peo­ple you real­ly look upto and doc­u­ment­ing it all.

Have you ever tak­en a per­fect pic­ture?
No, I haven’t.

What makes some­thing spe­cial for you?
The way it makes me feel. The poten­tial mem­o­ries I have of it.

Where do you find beau­ty?
In every­day life it can be through inter­ac­tions, moments, trav­el etc.

Do you think you are easy to work with?
I would like to think I am easy to work with, I try and be super pos­i­tive on set. Oth­er people’s moods gen­er­al­ly dic­tate how I’ll feel. I def­i­nite­ly like to be around pos­i­tive peo­ple for work.

How do your par­ents feel about the pic­tures you take?
They like what­ev­er I do if it makes me hap­py. They migrat­ed to Aus­tralia from the war in the mid­dle east 30 years ago. They are glad that I have the oppur­tin­i­ty to pur­sue some­thing cre­ative I like. It wasn’t some­thing that they got to enjoy.

Are you con­fi­dent doing what you do?
I’m con­fi­dent at this moment, yes.

What did you want to be grow­ing up?
I want­ed to work with ani­mals. A zool­o­gist would have been ideal.

Do you enjoy being a pho­tog­ra­ph­er, is that it’ for you, you want to do that till the rest of your life?
I enjoy pho­tog­ra­phy a lot. Some­times it can be stress­ful but for now this is what I want to do. I def­i­nite­ly have oth­er inter­ests that I would like to poten­tial­ly pur­sue in the future.

What do you fear?
The direc­tion the world is going down. Social­ly and Economically.

Do you think the tim­ing is every­thing?
I have had some great oppor­tu­ni­ties arise in the past year and I feel it was because I was in the right place at the right time. I do believe tim­ing with any­thing can bet­ter the opportunity.

Do you think the trick to be liked and pop­u­lar, is to be rel­e­vant?
I don’t think there is a trick to being liked. It just happens.

26 May 2016 · neubau eyewear