00:00:02 My name is Robert S and I’m a Fashion Photographer. Some of the magazines that I shoot for are Vogue, Elle, Marie-Clare, In-Style magazine, but I’m a freelance photographer so I work for lots of publications.
00:00:17 I was very interested in fashion at school. Clothes I was very interested in, and I was interested in pictures and photography, but I didn’t know those two things would actually connect, or end up connecting. I wasn’t very into sport, I knew that, and there was a way of getting off football on Thursdays and that was you could go and do a photography course, or you could be in the dark room, so it was mainly to get out of sport that I started actually going, sort of, printing and doing photography in the first place.
00:00:45 I was dressing very flamboyantly at school. I was very into fashion and dressing up, and the school wasn’t into the way I was dressing, so I was actually chucked out half way through my O levels.
00:00:55 It was very good for me because I just got on with…got on with life pretty quickly. I worked on a building site for a year, saved up money and I went to Australia travelling. I got there and got a job, sort of, doing renovating bathrooms, actually, yeah, and I was still very into my fashion and I wanted a jacket which was very expensive from a shop. I went into this shop and obviously I couldn’t afford it. I said, “I really want this jacket but I can’t afford it.” And they said, “Well if you want a job here you can work and get it half price.” So, that’s actually how I ended up working in the fashion industry.
00:01:31 I was working in the fashion shop and I really thought that I needed to get back to London in order to progress, you know, in the fashion industry. There was a certain shop that I really wanted to work in, a certain company, and they didn’t have any vacancies at the time but I was very persistent and I kept going in and asking them again, and again and again, the Head of Personnel, you know, if I could have a job with them, and eventually she…they called me and said, “Yes, we’ve got a vacancy for you,” and moved into the…to that shop in London.
00:02:03 Within about a year I became a buyer there, a fashion buyer, which was what I really wanted to do, and I ended up doing that for six years which was a great job. Fashion I was very interested in, photography I was very interested in, and travel I was very interested in. I guess over a period of years I realized that all those things could be done together and that’s when I really realized what I’m actually doing now, I guess, yeah.
00:02:30 I had photography as a hobby at that time, so on the weekends I would go off and do photographs, so I had a kind of double life, you know, as a photographer and as a fashion buyer. But slowly the photography took off and I started getting work published and getting recognition, and at that point I knew that I could jump into the photography. But that wasn’t an easy move because I also had a good job with the, with the fashion buying, and I was going to go from a good salary to virtually nothing going into photography.
00:03:02 I think the people that, in the shop where I actually worked were a bit dismissive of me when I actually left. They were, kind of, oh well you’re going to go off and do this, you know, you know, I don’t think they quite knew, you know, how I was going to go about that, I don’t think I did at the time either to be honest with you. It was definitely a leap into sometime completely different and that took quite a long time to build back up to where I am now. I guess it took another ten years from when I left my, my, my first career and went to my second career. At no, at no point I thought I haven’t made the right decision, I always thought I’d made the right decision, I had no qualms about that, no.
00:03:44 I think mainly the, the most exciting thing for me is travel, you know, and, and educating myself to travel, that’s, that’s amazing to me. To meet people all around the world. Work with different people every day, different cultures every day, and that’s the most exciting thing, definitely, that’s the motivation, I guess. ENDS