Photographer David Emery picked up Best in Category at the AOP Assistants Awards last year and has popped up online recently for his shots of brothels in southern Spain. We find out what the rising photographer is hungry for.

WHEN DID YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH PHOTOGRAPHY?

I think it was when I took my first good photograph. I love that feeling when it dawns on you that an image is pretty good and the best feeling is when you still like it six months later, but that is rare!

CAN YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST PHOTOGRAPH YOU TOOK THAT YOU WERE PROUD OF?

It sounds boring but my first good image was a black and white photograph of a fence reflected in a puddle. At the time I just thought it looked good, but I guess in hindsight I liked how photography turned something quite boring into something interesting.

EXPLAIN THE VEGAS SERIES TO US, WHAT INSPIRED IT?

I was over there last summer and I happened upon the perspective. I liked how it illustrated the veneer that covers up what makes a place like Vegas work.

WHAT DO YOU WANT VIEWERS TO FEEL WHEN THEY VIEW YOUR WORK?

What I want from my work is for the viewer to want to give ten seconds of there time and have a think about what I’ve created. You can’t demand it. But my job is to get the viewer to choose to engage with my work.

WHERE DOES THE VEGAS SERIES SIT IN YOUR CAREER?

It was part of a very productive time for me last year. When I discovered that I had several images in the AOP Assistants Awards I decided to shoot as much as I could to back up that opportunity. Doing that has helped give me several opportunities recently.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD PHOTOGRAPH?

An image that the viewer wants to engage with. I personally can’t wait to get an Irving Penn on my wall because I will know how much I have achieved to be able to do that.

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NEXT?

I’m heading to Spain to shoot some more personal images. I’m going to being concentrating on that edge of town aesthetic.

WHAT ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR?

To be relevant.

www.davidemeryphotography.com

@davidemeryphoto

 

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