The Lens Uncovered – Arron Dunworth
Arron Dunworth is a 24 year photographer, model scout and journalist whose age belies his experience.
We are sitting in his best friend’s living room where I have popped by to do this interview and marvel at some of the crimes to fashion bring committed on the X-Factor. He is very calm and relaxed – much the same as he is when he is in work mode.
How long have you been a photographer?
What’s been your most iconic photoshoot?
I would have to say Rob Evans who is now a judge on America’s Next Top Model. I discovered him and he has since worked with for Givenchy and Calvin Klein.
Oh wow! Are you still in contact with him?
To be honest with you, we’re not. He has made some great achievements in his career so far and I feel that is a representation of me as an artist by selecting him to model for me.
Why are you no longer in contact?
That’s personal so I’d rather not share it.
What would you have liked the outcome to have been?
For him to have grown as a person and to use his blessings to better the world around him. But we’re both young and still have a lot to learn.
How are you trying to better the world around you?
By opening up what is deemed to be a model in the fashion industry. I love to experiment with the models that I use, whether they be albinos, bigger masculine men, more curvaceous women. I’d like to open it up because we all love fashion; it’s part of our identity. So I try to change the world by incorporating as many people as I can into fashion.
Where do you see your career in 5 years?
I’d love to say I’d be doing this or that. What I’ve done up until this point has been amazing and I’m thankful for it. In five years, I’ll be 29 so I’d like to be signed with an agency and working hard. Maybe working with more actors. I see actors as the last of the elite celebrity forces in the entire planet. To be an actor in Hollywood, you actually have to have talent. It disappoints me sometimes when you look at other industries and see what they’ve become – like the music industry where people can get by just by having good looks and some form of entertainment value. But that real, quality stardom; the Whitney Houston’s, the Michael Jacksons – that a rarity these days.
So what’s the next step?
I would love to work with the Hollywood legends such as Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz. Those people are still elite and that industry hasn’t been watered down so much – I’d definitely love to further my career in that direction.
How do you feel that photographers contribute to the creation of legends?
It depends on what type of photographer you are. Some photographers contribute heavily to what and how a celebrity will be photographed and some don’t. Some will literally turn up on the day and do as they’re told. If you’re a photographer that takes your work seriously, and you work with that individual to create their image, then you do contribute to their ‘I am’ factor. Then when you see that photograph on the cover of Vogue it’s the result of a collaborative effort between the artist and the photographer.
What would be your dream editorial?
The Label Line – obviously! (We laugh)
That’s hard to answer because I’m inspired by so many different things.
What has been your biggest inspiration to date?
i-D Magazine – especially because they selected Rob Evans as their face to watch for 2010 and he has since been very successful. The fact that I discovered him illustrates that i-D and I share a common vision and I look through their pages regularly. Their front covers always stand out and their editorials are always spot on.
Which photographer inspires you the most?
Nick Knight who does all the editorials at i-D. His ideas are always revolutionary. They mix technology with fashion and art and I feel that he has set the standard for many British photographers.
When you’re looking down the lens at a model, what do you want them to give you?
Some kind of energy, its indescribable but when you see it you know you have the shot. Sometimes you know without even looking at the screen – you can just feel the energy coming down the lens.
When I did the shoot for The Label Line, there were points when I was like, ‘I got this like seven clicks ago but I’m going to keep clicking anyway’. You don’t even need to pull the lens away – you just feel see the energy in the model’s face.
The say the eyes are the windows to the soul. Do you feel that your lens is the window to a model’s soul?
That’s a bit deep – I’m just a button clicker at the end of the day! But funnily enough, I feel that people are taking a bit of my soul when I have my picture taken. I try not to look down the lens because I don’t want to give that part of myself away – it too obvious.
Last question, what’s on your playlist?
Now, that’s a big part of my soul that I’d never give away!
Interviewer: Simi Fapohunda (CEO @ TheLabelLine).