Making work exciting with Photographer Chris Park
Born in Lisburn, N.Ireland in 1983.
Chris Park graduated with an honors degree in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2006. During the course of his study, his interest shifted from painting, to graphic arts and finally rested in photography.
After graduating, Chris established his reputation as a fashion and portrait photographer in Scotland before moving to London.
In late 2014 Chris accepted a partnership in Strathberry and moved to Edinburgh to fulfill this role. Chris now divides his time between Strathberry and shooting fashion and portraits internationally.
I AIM TO MAKE WORK THE MOST EXCITING PLACE TO BE…
WHAT/WHO INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER?
Campaigns in British Vogue, movie posters & billboards. Photographers like Rankin, Steven Klein, Avedon and the lure of the unobtainable.
YOU TRAVEL A LOT WITH YOUR JOB, DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE PLACE TO TRAVEL TO?
NYC, Brooklyn especially excites me. Paris allows you to slip into the heritage of the great fashion houses. Another of my favorites’ is the south of Spain, which I think is greatly underrated as a location; the roman settlements deep in the mountains of south central Spain are breathtaking.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE?
My role in building the Strathberry brand. I was fortunate enough to be offered a partnership in Strathberry, a young luxury accessories brand that makes beautiful handcrafted bags.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST DISASTER TO DATE?
Nothing I would call a disaster. I have had all the usual issues of lights blowing and horrendous weather on location shoots but I always react to these as an opportunity to change approach… the show goes on.
HOW DO YOU STRIKE A WORK/LIFE BALANCE?
I aim to make work the most exciting place to be… For example, traveling as a tourist is fun, but traveling to work, collaborating with locals and having access to places you never would as a holiday goer is much more rewarding for me… the seal is immediately broken and peoples boundaries dropped. It’s the fastest way to get to know a place and its people without actually living there.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PET HATE WHEN WORKING ON A SHOOT?
Volume! When a client wants quantity at the expense of quality. Fortunately I am now in a position to pass on most of these assignments.
DO YOU HAVE ANYONE THAT YOU WOULD IDEALLY LOVE TO SHOOT WITH OR FOR?
Strathberry. I am always excited to shoot for Strathberry. I have creative control and the images I produce have an immediate impact on the perception of our brand.
WHAT WAS THE LAST SONG YOU LISTENED TO ON ITUNES?
Waiting for the Miracle by Leonard Cohen… it’s the first track from one of my favorite soundtracks – Natural Born Killers
WHO INSPIRES YOUR CREATIVELY?
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUNGER PHOTOGRAPHERS WORKING IN THE INDUSTRY?
Love taking the pictures and don’t forget how privileged you are to be able to do so. You are only as good as the team around you, so collaborate and work with people you admire. Know what genre of photography you are most passionate about and endeavor to specialize in that as soon as possible. If something seems so difficult or above your experience that it frightens you, you have to do it.