Hello Adamo, thank you so much for letting me to feature you this week. Now let me start with this question: How did you become a fashion photographer? Other than fashion, do you shoot other types of photography as well?
I started pursuing photography after abandoning a career path that I was always told to follow. Fashion photography drew me in before I formally studied photography in general. I love how faceted it can become when you combine the personal element of a model with the technical side of photography, the conceptual component and the collaborative effort that goes on with the creative team. It has me at my most creative.
I'm very socially conscious and have long been inspired by the work of James Nachtwey. I'd like to plan some of the documentary photography projects that I have in mind, because I have a lot to say. I'd even like to integrate some of the ideas into my fashion work, like Steven Meisel did with Water & Oil.
I will be interested in your future photography projects and I would like to be involved too! Well, let's get back to you, which photography masters do you like? Have they inspired you? If so, in what way?
There's a cookie cutter list of photographers you learn about when you study photography formally, so it's hard not to mention Richard Avedon and George Hurrell as inspiration. I remember seeing Hurrell's portrait of Judy Garland in class for the first time and I was fixated. You can look at a lot of photography today and just imagine the dollars and manpower that went into creating a particular photograph. They both made it seem so effortless. And that tells me it doesn't have to be over the top to be iconic.
Without a doubt, Richard Avedon is definitely one of the most influential photographers in the world and I do like his works a lot! So, what words will you use to describe your photography style?
Do I really have a style? I've been told I do, but it's not intentional. I guess I can recognize a minimalist quality to my work. I like strong lines and bold colours. That being said, I'm a digital photographer and I don't try to hide it. I may have shot film once or twice when learning about photography but I never liked it. The chemicals, the gelatin, the waiting... not for me.
I think your style is very bold and dark, which is my cup of tea. Out of all the photo shoots you have done so far, which one do you think is the most challenging so far in your career? Why?
I have had so many amazing shoots that it's hard to even think of one that was rough. Seriously, I think I'm very lucky to have worked with such kind, enjoyable people. But I did once work with a model who must have went without sleep for weeks because she spent the entire shoot looking bored and impatient and ready for bed. It was a huge disappointment for the entire team, and to this day it's one of the only shoots I haven't put on my website because I am constantly reminded of the eye-rolling and yawning.
I really hope the model would apologize to you and your team as this behaviour was truly unprofessional. I hope that would be the last time you worked with her. So let's talk about future. What kind of achievements do you want to have with your fashion photography career in the next 3 years?
I have never been interested in fame or wealth, that's not my ambition. So in 3 or 5 or 10 years, if I'm still working on creative projects with talented artists, I will be more than happy.
As long as you are happy with your career, that's good and I look forward to seeing more great photos in the next 3 years! Last but not ,If you could work with a Supermodel for a photoshoot in the future, who would you want to choose? What kind of shoot concept would you have in mind?
I would love to work with Coco Rocha. I get inspired by watching her move, and my mind would probably explode if she was in front of my camera. One photograph that I always have in the back of my mind is Testino's portrait of Madonna as Evita, so I would love to photograph Coco in the style of a stripped down, elegant fashion portrait series.
------------------------------------Now it's time for some trivia questions!
Silver or Gold?
Both are overrated. Stainless steel is more my thing.
50mm or 85mm Lens?
Sheep or Horse?
Day or Night?
Night is very inspiring.
Orange or Apple Juice?
If you cut me, I would probably bleed orange juice.
United States or France?
Rick Owens or Paul Smith?
Pen or Pencil?
Skittles or M&M?
Skittles. They're vegan now, right?
Snoopy or Smurfs?
Samurai Pizza Cats.
That's all the questions I have for Adamo and I hope you will have him on your radar from now on. I wish him all the best in the future and I can't wait to see more of his amazing works in the near future. All images are courtesy of Adamo de Pax and you can visit his website or facebook fanpage for more of his works. You can also follow him on twitter.