Brooklyn: ‘I’m nervous But excited’
See ya, VB and DB – Brooklyn Beckham’s ready to step out from behind the camera…
He might belong to one of the most famous families in the world but it’s fair to say Brooklyn Beckham, 18, has done a pretty stellar job of carving out his own identity. Not only has the eldest son of the Beckham clan just released his own photography book What I See, he’s also heading to New York in August to study photography, reportedly at the prestigious Parsons School Of Design. Something tells us he won’t be taking a trip to Ikea to kit out his student digs. If you thought Brooklyn was anything other than gracious, polite and totally unassuming, you’d be wrong. When Look interviewed him last week he told us that his parents Victoria, 43, and David, 42, are his biggest influences and he openly admits he has ‘a lot to learn’. In short, Brooklyn’s shaping up to be a definite household favourite. In fact, never mind the fact that DB and VB are losing him, we’re not sure we’re ready to hand him over to the US just yet…
Hi Brooklyn! This book launch is the first time you’ve really shown what you can do. How do you feel about it? I’m kind of nervous. I’ve been showing my photography on Instagram for quite a while now, but this is the first time a whole collection of pictures has been shown together, so that’s exciting but also nerve-wracking. Do you still consider yourself an amateur photographer, or does What I See signify a move to pro? No. I’m still learning and I’ve got so much to learn. I hope one day to be a professional photographer but that’s going to be in a good few years. Who inspires you most? Well, on a personal level of course, it’s my parents. They’re both so creative and work so hard. They do so much for charity and have instilled a really great work ethic in us [siblings Romeo, 14, Cruz, 12, and Harper, five]. Who’s your absolute favourite photographer? Steven Meisel. Who is your favourite person to photograph? I guess I love photographing my family. I know them so well, so I can really capture moments and expressions that really mean something special to me. Where’s your favourite place? You know, I went to Iceland and I just couldn’t believe the landscape so I’d say that was a pretty great place to take photos. What’s your favourite photo in What I See? Honestly, I don’t have one. Although there’s a photo of an older guy I met on set who was working behind the scenes of the film King Arthur when I was doing work experience. He had such an interesting face. I do love that image. Did anyone help you curate the book or edit the photos? The publishing team helped me understand how to edit the images and what would work in certain layouts, but I did the final edit. Were there any pics that your parents didn’t want in the book? Each image had to be one that I was proud of. That was the simple rule. My parents were pretty cool about it. If there were any they didn’t want in there, they didn’t say. Do you think going away to New York for uni and living alone will help your creative process? I think living in a new city will just be really inspiring and I’m sure will change how I view things. You’ve already shot for Burberry. Who else would you like to work with? I guess someone like Converse. Or Vans. Something I [already] wear. Describe your personal style… Skater sometimes. [Like the TV Show] Peaky Blinders sometimes. Whose clothes do you like wearing? I like Supreme and Saint Laurent. I like mixing things up, so my favourites change a lot. Are you planning another book? I’d love to but I’m still working on this – I’ll do some limited editions later this year with extra images. Are you excited to meet your fans at your book signings? Yes! I can’t wait for the signings and to meet everyone. I’m so excited – it means such a lot to me.
‘Didn’t plan this photo – Romeo and I were going to see our little sister’s ballet recital and we bought her flowers. I took this when we were waiting outside and I love it’ I love taking photos of my family
What I See by Brooklyn Beckham (£16.99, Penguin Random House UK) is out on 29 June
At 16, backstage with Guy Ritchie on the King Arthur set