CRAIG JAMIESON DEREK HENDERSON NICOLE BENTLEY
Joining GQ back in May, Jamieson has been making sure we don’t embarrass ourselves with awkward blunders. Luckily, we’ve hidden some deliberate typos throughout the magazine to ensure he’s kept busy.
GOT A FAVOURITE FEATURE FROM THE ISSUE?
I’m fascinated by North Korea, and reading Adam Baidawi’s reactions to the hermit kingdom made me laugh more than once (p98). Then there’s the feature about mental illness in sport (p154). People still have to hide their illness, due to the pervasive stigma that surrounds depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. Can you imagine having to hide diabetes or arthritis?
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It’s the variety. Putting an issue together means delving into everything, from fashion and pop culture to deeply involved feature articles.
AND DO YOU HAVE ANY GRAMMATICAL PET PEEVES?
I hate portmanteaus, and when people use nouns as verbs, like, ‘Just Photoshop it,’ or, ‘I’ll Facebook you’. Ergh.
WE’LL TABLE THAT. BEING A SUB, IS THERE A LOT OF PRESSURE TO ENSURE YOUR WORDS ARE PERFECT?
I have to admit that I do subedit emails and texts before I send them. I also point out errors in movies, TV shows and advertisements, or when people use incorrect grammar and syntax when they speak. I’m just that fun.
Henderson was behind the lens for our ‘How The West Was Worn’ photo shoot (p126). And he clearly made the most of it. “The highlight of the day was trying on the hats,” he says. “I love a cowboy hat!” Who doesn’t?
HEADWEAR ASIDE, WAS IT A FUN SHOOT TO WORK ON?
Absolutely. I grew up watching Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns, so I loved the idea of playing Cowboys and Indians.
EVER BEEN ON A SHOOT THAT DIDN’T GO QUITE SO WELL?
I worked on a shoot using film, and the camera had some internal problem that didn’t show up until we got the film back from the lab – when we realised that every frame was out of focus. That was a bit of a problem.
NO SUCH PROBLEMS WITH RYAN CORR IN OUR JUNE/JULY ISSUE. WHAT WAS HE LIKE?
Ryan was a true gentleman and took great direction. I can see why he’s a talent to be reckoned with.
ANYONE ON YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY WISH LIST?
Probably the All Black team that won the 2015 Rugby World Cup. But to be honest, I don’t mind who I’m shooting – though it’s always more fun if they enjoy being photographed.
WHEN DID YOU REALISE YOU WANTED TO BE A PHOTOGRAPHER?
When I was working in a bank and thought, ‘This isn’t for me.’ I enjoy what I do so much that going to work isn’t a chore – I’m lucky in that regard.
“It was a fun day,” says Sydney-based snapper, Bentley, of our ‘From Paris with Love’ shoot (p108). “We were in a tiny apartment using natural light. The day started out dark and rainy, but we reached a high point when a shaft of sunlight came out and hit Jackson on his underwear shot.”
YES, IT WAS CERTAINLY AN IMPRESSIVE SHAFT. WHAT WERE THE MODELS LIKE TO WORK WITH?
Each guy had something special to bring. Adin’s all about personality and expression, Nick’s a young beauty who looks like royalty, Jackson’s oh-so sexy and Kane’s just a slice of heaven, with his bee stung lips and creamy olive skin.
YOU’VE DONE A MIXTURE OF CELEB PORTRAITS AND FASHION STORIES. WHICH DO YOU ENJOY MORE?
I really enjoy fashion stories where everyone works together at the same level to create memorable images.
GOT ANY TIPS FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO GET INTO PHOTOGRAPHY?
Start by only shooting things you love, to create a style for yourself that you totally connect with.
YOU’RE NICOLEBENTLEYPHOTO ON INSTAGRAM. WHO ELSE IS WORTH A FOLLOW?
@Helenachristensen – a gorgeous model and her photos are beautiful. @Lovewant for inspiring, artful images. @Therealgracecoddington – a talented illustrator and cat-lover.