Welcome to the first instalment of the Creators Series – a run of interviews with independent creatives who inspire me to keep creating. For this first interview I got in touch with Wilhelm, an 18 year old amateur photographer from Melbourne. I'm a fan of his work, and the way he creates an unpretentious and unfiltered look into his friends, his lifestyle and the world around him, while still managing to create captivating and intriguing photographs.
What's the one thing that has helped you get to where you are today?
One of the most important factors of getting myself where I am today has been networking and connecting with other artists and likeminded individuals, building up a group of contacts that can allow you to develop, grow and produce higher quality work has been important.
From here listening, learning and then physically/mentally putting in place the advice and techniques learnt from those that I meet and speak with has helped me grow majorly as both an artist but also as an individual. Seeking to gain as much knowledge has been a huge factor.
As well just being myself and focusing on the qualities of being a bright, hardworking, honest and independent person has helped greatly.
What inspires you to keep doing what you’re doing?
I’m never really happy with the images I produce, I always see other photographers work and realise all the possibilities that I have to be able to create higher quality and more creative images. That always inspires me to work harder and produce more and more work.
I also love showing my parents work I’ve produced and seeing their variety of responses to each piece I show, they will always be a driving factor for me.
How has the city of Melbourne affected you, and your work?
It has been great for meeting and speaking to a large variety of creative people young and old. It is a city that allows a lot of the youth to be able to start their own brands, publications, etc. which has given me great opportunities to be able to shoot for brands and contribute to zines.
I think it affected my work by making me not want to shoot the typical shots of iconic buildings, rooftops etc. I saw a lot of that being replicated by different photographers online. I was taking these types of photographs when I first began, but wanted to take my work in a different direction and because of the variety of young, up and coming artists I was able to take inspiration from others who lived in the same city as me.
What advice would you give to your 15 year old self if you could travel back in time?
Before you begin to truly love and help others, you must first find and love yourself.
If you weren’t doing what you’re doing now – what else would you like to be doing?
If I wasn’t taking photos I would like to be focusing a lot on my writing, I do write every now and then, but I would love to be doing that. Hopefully I can start to incorporate it more into my current work.
No matter how small or insignificant, what is one thing you’ve done this week that has made you happy?
I had a drunken walk home on Friday night with a best mate of mine, just hearing how he was feeling so carefree and happy made me feel the same. Even the simple action of him looking up with his arms out, staring into the sky, smiling while explaining his happiness, as if we are too small to have silly worries made me feel really good.
I love seeing my friends and family positive.
What are your plans for the next few years?
Next year I am hoping to start producing more photographs than I have in the previous years, I am going to start organising more shoots and collaborate with as many artists as I can, as well as exploring more styles and techniques to my work. I have also just recently been asked to work with an owner of an up and coming Melbourne brand, to help run an exhibition with him at a pop up store in February. I am planning on travelling regularly with a trip to Singapore and Japan booked in early next year. Most of all I just hope I get to keep meeting new people and continuing the good times I share with my mates, to continue creating timeless memories.