Brook­lyn: ‘I’m ner­vous But ex­cited’

See ya, VB and DB – Brook­lyn Beck­ham’s ready to step out from be­hind the cam­era…

Look (UK) - - LOOK LIFE - WORDS: Giselle Wain­wright @Gisel­le­likes

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

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