Clarens Tyson contacted us through the Models WebTV Facebook page and requested for his work to be featured on the fan page. As the page is typically reserved for contributors to Models WebTV I was hesitant, but his work is fantastic, he's only 21, and he shoots a good portion of his work with New York City models from the best agencies. So as an investment in youth and talent we certainly agreed to share his work with the Facebook fans to great success. We will look forward to Clarens' bright future in the world of fashion photography and someday a possible leap to video where we would be thrilled to promote his WebTV. We've attached a selection of his photographs and a brief interview below.
Models WebTV: Where are you from?
Clarens: I'm from Montreal, Quebec and my work is divided mostly between New York,NY and Montreal, Quebec.
How old are you and how long have you been doing fashion photography?
I'm 21 and I've been doing photography for a year straight now.
What convinced you to become a photographer?
The way I started photography was unexpected. I was very influenced by the people around me who had DSLRs so I saved all my money and decided to buy a camera with no intentions of becoming a fashion photographer.
It actually took me 4 months to find a decent model who was willing to shoot for me. I was very nervous but really enjoyed my first photo shoot and never stopped taking pictures since. Now I'm starting to shoot with top agencies in New York and still to this day I'm very blessed for that.
What is the inspiration behind your photographs?
A lot of photographers seemed to get their inspiration from cinema but personally I don't really watch a lot of movies. I rather travel, see the world with all the beautiful sceneries of different countries and get inspired that way. As soon as I see a beautiful place I start putting up different ideas together in order to re-create my vision through my pictures. My goal is to make people feel a certain way about themselves, that's why I shoot mainly in black and white and focus a lot on emotions in my subject. I feel that B&W photography turns the picture into something real and timeless.
What is the inspiration behind your photographs?
On my website, you can see a mix of architecture pictures and models but I prefer shooting models . I am so amazed by their beauty. Models are like superwomen, they are out of this world. It's their differences that make them beautiful in their own way. What you can see in my photographs is me trying to present this beauty that I'm seeing. I feel that in order to be a good fashion photographer, you need to have love for photography in its simplest form. A good photographer for me is someone who can transfer a vision or an idea through beautiful photographs by capturing a moment that's unique and hard to re-create. This can be applied on any subjects not only models.
I'm seeing a lot of aspiring fashion photographer around me not really focusing on the art of photography but more trying to make sure they have a good makeup artist and stylist on set. For me, it's more about the vision first, everything else will come accordingly.
6. The styling in your portfolio is very diversified. What type of styling do you like the most?
I'm a big fan of haute couture, therefore I prefer my models to be styled in very powerful and elegant gowns but these days you can put a beautiful girl with no makeup, jeans and t-shirt and call that fashion.
Most of the time, I just want to capture a model's beauty in something very clean and simple instead of overloading her with heavy makeup and fashion clothes. Styled or not, the overall result needs to be something natural and appealing. That's why sometimes I feel that my photos become more artistic then fashion. It's really up to the viewers to decide how they want to interpret them.
Where is the dream set/location?
I'm a fan of beautiful locations . My dream set would probably be shooting a campaign or editorial in the safari in Africa while the sun is coming down. That's would be a dream come true.
If you could shoot any model present or past who would that be, and what designer would she be wearing?
That's a hard question, there are so many models I've discovered in this past year that I would love to shoot. Of course every up and coming photographer would love to shoot the biggest names in the industry; Lara Stone, Karlie Kloss, Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen etc. It's sad that we don't see more black models in the industry but one of them that I would definitely shoot is Naomi Campbell, an iconic and strong black woman. I first saw her in the Vogue Italia July 2008 issue shot by Steven Meisel. I totally fell in love with her elegance and presence in front of the camera.
I will be different and list another model that's not necessarily one of the biggest name out there but amazed me with her beauty and grace every time I see her in magazines, Eniko Mihalik. She is a very classy Hungarian woman, with striking eyes, beautiful features and I'm a sucker for blondes!
They would both be wearing something very chic, either Dior, Chanel or Lanvin gowns.
Who are your favorite photographers?
I have so many photographers that I admire. just to name a few; Irving Penn, Taka Mayumi, Satoshi Saikusa, Steven Meisel, Greg Kadel, Camilla Akrans. For me it's all about consistence, those people are able to create beautiful pictures every time.
What is your goal for the next year/ 5 years?
My goal for the next 5 years is to shoot mainly for the magazines that I love such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Vogues Hommes , GQ. I am a student of life. As for night now I will mainly try to assist some photographers that I admire in order to get my foot in the door and learn as much as I can about the industry. I'm still working on my album "NY State of Mind" in the desire to potentially create an exposition gallery in New York.
Basically trying to get my name out there in any way that I can!!!
Thank you Clarens for your time and continued success in the future!