Name: Ryan Kenny
Hometown: Adelaide, Australia
Current town: Adelaide, Australia
Film and/or Digital: Both have their plusses.
First camera: Pentax K1000 SLR
Current camera: Pentax ME Super SLR, Canon Powershot G12 & many more
How long have you been taking photographs?
Almost two years, but I have a feeling I’ve been saying that for a while.
Thoughts about first images ever taken, describe them?
I don’t remember what they were of, but I’m sure they suck. Any photo of mine more than two weeks old, I hate . . . but that encourages me to keep shooting.
What do you see when you look at your work now?
I don’t think much of what I do, but the only praise I can give myself is that I do what I want. I’m not aiming to please anyone but myself, but I still haven’t won myself over yet. Haha.
What do you hope others will see, if anything? Their experience?
I want people to have a positive experience with my photos. I’ve got no interest in showcasing the negative side of humanity because that’s what our eyes see every day.
What do you look for in an image? What makes a great photograph for you?
A great image is something you can look at 1000 times and still find it incredible. I look for nice light, colour & general beauty.
Brett Whiteley, Andy Warhol, Kurt Cobain, Jeffery Smart, David Bowie, Richard Avedon & Neil Young
At the moment, these are my four favorites:
Young photographers who most inspire you now?
No younger photographers inspire me. I try not to look at what people are doing. If I start looking, I become self-conscious and self-deprecating. It clouds my own vision. I think it’s best to do what I want to do. Ignorance and naivety seem to be working.
Where do you want to take your photography, or vice versa?
As far down the line as photography is willing to string me along. I see no point in living and doing something I hate. You can tell I’m nineteen with that philosophy on life, can’t you? Haha.
Artist’s playlist: Fleetwood Mac, Beyonce & Jay Z, Kiss, David Bowie, Smith Westerns, Gwen Stefani, Velvet Underground, Jefferson Airplane, Lil Wayne, Nirvana, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Black Lips, Mellowhype, The Rolling Stones, Amerie, The Troggs, The Index, Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dog, here: Featured Artist: Ryan Kenny
You shoot for magazines, runway and for yourself. Is there any difference in your approach?
With any job I do, I like to have the same approach; it’s rare when the client doesn’t give me that freedom either. Shooting for Oyster was a breeze: they sent me boxes of clothes and I did what I wished, and everyone was happy. It was much the same at fashion week, the same amount of freedom with creativity. I don’t ever wish to be hired as a photographer who just clicks a button; that’s not what I’m in it for. I want to come up with ideas, help with styling, and just generally create something interesting. A recent shoot I did with a band was literally the most painful experience I’ve had in the photo industry. No creativity accepted: I was just there to photograph some hunks. They should have hired a robot. But generally (if allowed) I have the same approach to photo taking whether it’s for a magazine, a band or my personal stuff. At the end of the day, I want to be hired as a creative person, rather than a button pusher!
You just made your first film. Talk about that a bit?
I’ve always wondered what a photo series of mine would be like if it could move and talk. So I decided to get out of my comfort zone and do it. I wanted to make it as true to my photo work as possible. Sabrina (the model in the film) came around one day and we shot it. The beauty is in its simplicity. I’d love to make more!