PAUL WEST­LAKE

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PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

“It was im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent that Eka Darville is a peo­ple per­son,” says West­lake of work­ing with the Aussie ac­tor. “His charm is com­pletely nat­u­ral and his vi­tal­ity comes through in al­most ev­ery frame. I could not hope for a more en­gaged sub­ject.” See the re­sults for your­self on p82.

CAN YOU GIVE US SOME TIPS FOR TAK­ING BET­TER PHOTOS?

Shoot in­ter­est­ing sub­jects – no one is that in­ter­ested in your selfie or what you had for din­ner. Also, keep shoot­ing un­til you’ve got it. The dan­ger is that you’ll have way too much to edit, but it’s bet­ter than hav­ing noth­ing at all. Most good pho­tog­ra­phers get it very quickly and then play around with vari­ables in­side that ‘zone’. Oh, and get a good cam­era.

WHOSE WORK ARE YOU A HUGE FAN OF?

There is no end to the list of pho­tog­ra­phers whom I truly ad­mire. Nar­row­ing it down to three is sac­ri­lege, but here goes: in the fash­ion genre it’d be Sarah Moon, Hel­mut New­ton and Er­win Blu­men­feld. I love the depth of in­ven­tion in their work.

ANY AD­VICE FOR PEO­PLE WHO WANT TO FOL­LOW IN YOUR FOOT­STEPS?

Try to get a gig as­sist­ing some­one you ad­mire. A lot of the re­ally big pho­tog­ra­phers have teams of peo­ple and you’d be sur­prised how open the doors can be. Be will­ing to work hard for a few years and stay hum­ble.

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