Vibing off vanity, working tirelessly to inject more sex, glamour and spice into the fashion world, twenty-year -old photographer Damon Baker is the ostentatious talent, proving age ain’t nothin but a number.
Reservations about the relevance of age and experience pale in significance when confronted by pure, unadulterated beauty. Bare skill opens doors. Jed Root’s latest signing, a small, ambitious lad with a big lens, grew up in the idyllic, rural Worcestershire countryside before making a name for himself in the big city. Describing himself as ‘the odd child’, unsure how his outlandish appearance allowed him to fit into the small town mentalities he came up against within his hometown, Damon quickly left the West Midlands far behind him to discover the bright lights of NYC. Spending his time sipping on skinny vanilla lattes, in-between shooting celebrities and prestigious models, Damon’s book has filled-up fast since Mr Jed Root himself came across this spritely fashion enthusiast’s Facebook pages. Now equipped with a portfolio jam-packed with elegant and accomplished images of Leah Weller, Cara Delevingne, Lola and Tali Lennox, Summer Rayne Oakes and Clara Paget, Damon’s destiny looks littered with exciting opportunities. Bezzie mates with some seriously beautiful folk, Damon likes to party with Andrej Pejic and Eliza Cummings, when he’s not shooting them that is. i-D Online caught-up with the self-professed Momma’s boy to find out what success means to him and what other fresh talent he’s getting excited about right now.
How do you describe your photography? I would like to think of my work as raw, sexy, youthful and fresh!
How do you try to capture a person’s character and sense of self in your images? Characters and personalities are so important to me, people are so interesting, why photograph a mannequin when there are so many issues to explore. I don’t intentionally work out how I am going to capture the character, I guess it just naturally happens; I am always interested in knowing the subject and playing with them.
What elements of your own character do you try to express through your photography? I’m a little bit of a wild child, I’m kind of insane and dark. I guess you can always see the darkness and the wild-side of the kids in my work. I think it’s important to capture the energy and moment. People have said I personally dress as if I were in my own photo shoot. I think it’s important and fun to dress up in the morning, to express yourself, no matter what, where or who you are. Be creative all the time!
What up-and-coming young talent is exciting you right now? I’m the biggest believer in young talent, I think it’s time for the industry to be owned by fresh minds, to bring back the glamour, the sex, the lifestyle you crave, everything it should be seen as. My best friend is set designer Luke Abby (also at Jed Root) who is incredible, he designs the most incredible headpieces and sets. He’s just 18 years old with no experience, no training, no assistants running around for him. What he can create is out of this world, I find him special.
Where do you see yourself in five years time? I never aim. I take it as it comes and enjoy every second of it.
Who is the most beautiful person you have ever shot? My mum.
How does it feel to see your work published in a magazine? It’s just so surreal, the paper, the credits, everything! Amongst some of the greatest. I feel incredibly lucky and grateful.
Who would you shoot and who would you select to style your dream editorial? Wow, so much choice, I can’t even decide! (haha) I am in love with Eliza Cummings & Frederik Tolke. Anna Trevelyan is also, genius!
Whats next for you? Wait and See! xoxo
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