JOHN TSIAVIS

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PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

For this is­sue, Mel­bur­nian Tsiavis and his cam­era trekked into the Cal­i­for­nian desert to shoot our fash­ion story (p112).

BEST THING ABOUT SHOOT­ING ON LO­CA­TION?

Once a great lo­ca­tion is found, ev­ery­thing falls into place – that is, the tone of the shoot be­comes clearer and the story be­gins to un­fold and ev­ery­one starts vib­ing off the en­vi­ron­ment, which helps in­form de­ci­sions on styling, light­ing and per­for­mance.

AND WHERE ARE SOME OF THE BEST LO­CA­TIONS?

I shot for a client who flew me to Morocco, Madrid, Barcelona, Van­cou­ver, Puerto Rico and Tokyo over three weeks.

HOW MANY CAM­ERAS DO YOU CARRY ABOUT?

It de­pends what I’m shoot­ing. I usu­ally travel with a medium-for­mat kit which has a Leaf dig­i­tal back and my 35mm Canon kit. If I know I have some down time, I take my Has­sel­blad Xpan film cam­era to shoot panoramic land­scapes.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO PHO­TOG­RA­PHY?

I taught my­self pho­tog­ra­phy to build a fo­lio for my en­trance exam to an ad­ver­tis­ing course. I wasn’t ac­cepted on to the course but the in­ter­view­ers sug­gested I meet with the pho­tog­ra­phy depart­ment down the hall.

YOU’RE @JOHNTSIAVIS ON IN­STA­GRAM – WHO ELSE SHOULD WE FOL­LOW?

@so­cal­i­ty­bar­bie is worth check­ing out.

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