By MARIEL LANDINGIN.
He’s a 22-year-old from Whanganui with a passion for photography… meet Curtis Bunker, who also happens to be our very own TEARAWAY Maverick!
Describe yourself in ten words!
Weird, sneakers, coffee, photography, annoying, over thinker, I like staying home.
At the moment, what are you doing?
Right now I am in bed typing out this sentence… I’m actually planning out my first gallery exhibition in July.
So you’re a photographer! When did you first realise that you wanted to pursue photography?
When I was about 10 I would always take photos of our cats and dogs at home, and this one time I took a really good one (according to Mum) of one of our cats. Mum always said I had a good eye for photography, so I just kept with it.
Who or what are your inspirations?
A big inspiration for me is James Lowe, well our style of photography isn’t the same… he does a lot of model work and I don’t. I’ve just always loved the work he has done over the years. I guess also my creative friends have always been an inspiration to me. Them doing creative things inspires me to do creative things, if you get what I mean.
If you could wish for one thing, what would it be and why?
To have a beautiful Leica camera. Nah, I guess to get recognised for my photography and for people to call it art.
Every creative person has a unique way of creating their art. What creative routines or rituals do you have?
I do a lot of work around photographing sneakers. What I usually do I guess, as a ritual during shooting, is I’ll listen to podcasts which get me focused. I feel if I think too hard about what I’m trying to achieve with my work, it won’t come out the way it’s intended to.
What styles or themes do you tend to use in your work?
I’ve always been a massive fan of 35mm film photography, so I love to try and recreate those tones when I work in digital. But I also shoot 35mm film, so that’s a bonus.
Is there anything that you don’t like about photography and why?
The way people who aren’t photographers think about us, like not enough people treat photography as an art form. They just think anyone with an expensive camera can take any shot, which is not true. This kind of mentality towards photography ruins it.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
I’ve always wanted to be a vet because I love animals, but then I don’t reckon I could cut open people’s animals, I feel you have to be pretty messed up to do that. I guess a barista because I love coffee so much.
Tell us what it’s like to work with TEARAWAY. What sorts of things have you done that makes being a Maverick so cool?
Working with TEARAWAY has opened up so many windows to pursue my love and passion for photography, I’ve had so many great opportunities happen thanks to TEARAWAY.
What are your plans for the future?
Do my first gallery exhibition in July, showcasing my work around abandoned buildings in Auckland.
What would your most important piece of advice be to aspiring young artists out there?
Never give up. I know that sounds so cliché, but it’s the truth. If people don’t like your work then don’t give up, keep creating, if they still don’t, then who cares.
See more of Curtis’ work on his website and on Instagram! Also check out his exhibition running July 13 – 23 at The Bridge Gallery Studio, Beresford Square, Auckland. Opening night on the 13th kicks off at 5pm with free coffee.
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