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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