Interview & Wander Aguiar
Photographer: Wander Aguiar @wanderaguiar_photography
Model: Joey LaGrua @joeylagrua
Agency: Zink Models: @zink_models
Photography Assistant: Andrey Bahia @andreybahia
Wardrobe: All by Kenneth Barlis @realkennethbarlis
Where are you from Originally?
I’m from Belo Horizonte, one of the largest capital cities in Brazil, right in between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
Give me a brief description of your career trajectory – professionally trained or not, opportunities that led to breakthroughs.
I have always been fascinated with art and photography since a young age, but it was not until after I received my degree in Civil Engineering that I start pursuing more photography. I was invited to be a second photographer on a shoot and that opened many doors for me leading me to what I do today.
How does your background affect your work?
It all goes back to my fascination with art in general. I think that in addition to my engineering degree also helps a lot to define what I see through my lens. It definitely helps me pay a lot of attention to the lines and symmetry in my images.
What is your creative Mantra? Like what do you live by to stay on the cusp as a creative image maker?
I would say it is to capture what the eyes don't always see, but the heart feels.
How important are early references to fashion, music and other culture to your creative process?
Very important, just the fact that there are so many artists that started their journey completely unsure if they success its already inspiring. I think all created minds are connected by their sensitivity to express emotions and that is what captivates others. Being able to create an image, a song, a painting, a sculpture that makes others feel good to look at or/and touch it. That is pretty awesome!
Who’s work inspires you to push the envelope creatively and why?
There are so many that I don't think I can name them all. But artist from media has a huge impact on my creative process. It can be a texture of the fabric, the music or the dance of colors on a painting they all can come together in my mind when I look into my lens.
What is the single most important outcome of an image when creating a campaign or editorial story for a client?
Listen to what your client wants without losing own your voice.
In your free time, what kind of pictures do you like to shoot and which ones do you avoid?
I love shooting people, I never get tired of it. Sometimes I like to shoot scenery and objects as well, but never events. I don't enjoy much event photography.
How do you feel fashion is influenced by our culture and or vice versa if you feel culture is influenced by fashion and entertainment, how?
Absolutely!! Just look at how many fashion statements come from our streets, it’s all related in my opinion. The graffiti art in our streets definitely influences a few designs in creating fabrics for our clothing and even furniture. These are just a small example of the influences I see in everyday life.
What makes an image iconic?
I think it must be full of emotions, just to make you feel something and tell a story.
What is the best way to describe the working relationship between you as a photographer and your stylist on any given project? How important is that related to the success of that project?
It is two creative minds working together to put the best product out there. So the dynamic and chemistry must be very good to achieve success.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with GMARO magazine?
I just wanna THANK YOU again for having me, I feel very honored and blessed. For all the new generation out there that are getting into this industry. I just wanna you to trust your instincts and listen to your own voice cause that will define your own style what will make you stand out against the other!