Interview With Professional New York Photographer Monet Kittrell
Q: How does your personality change when you look through the camera?
A: Very intense, concentrated, anal!
Q: How do you feel about missed shots which cannot be recreated?
A: Everything thing can be recreated to a point. But why recreate, REFORMAT
Q: Ever concerned about failure?
A: Wasted time!
Q: Do you like to talk about yourself or your pictures? If yes, about what aspects of photography? If no, why?
A: No… a picture is worth a thousand words!
Q: How would you describe your attention span?
Q: When did you decide to become a photographer?
A: Hmmm… am still deciding…
Q: What does photography mean to you?
Q: Can you recall the first photo you took that made you go WOW!?
A: YES! It was of Helena (MC2 Model Management). I still use that image in my portfolio.
Q: Do you have any formal training regarding photography?
A: Self taught! Everything
Q: How technical is your photography?
A: In the “Digital Age”, everything is technical. I’m technical. So Very!
Q: How do you feel about cropping?
A: It can make or break a image!
Q: Where is your favorite place to live and work as a photographer in the World and why?
A: Paris… artistic freedom of expression!
Q: Define the word “beauty”!
Q: What is your most favorite and least favorite word in photography or life? How do they make you feel?
A: I don’t think I have either…
Q: Who are your influences?
A: When your connected to your work, the world, yourself, everything is a influence.. The trick is deciding which are +/-
Q: What is your favorite image, either your own or someone else’s or both? Describe its creation or meaning to you?
A: That’s like asking, “who is your favorite child?”… I love them all they are apart of my soul and spirit.
Q: Describe a day in your personal or professional life.
A: Hectic, fun, adventurous, creative, educational!
Q: What are the biggest personal or professional challenges you face on a daily basis?
Q: What has been the single biggest obstacle against growing as a photographer in whole?
A: Agent Representation
Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?
A: Fashion, but anything that moves me…
Q: Tell your funniest, scariest, most bizarre, most touching story from a photo shoot!
A: It was shooting the stills for an independent film… Actually I won a award for a image that I shot for the film. It was one of woman that attempted suicide while under, a “Spiritual Trance”… it freaked me completely out
Q: Have you ever thought about or actually stopped doing photography? What were the circumstances?
Q: Do you ever have photographer’s block and if yes how do you deal with it?
A: No.. I have to many concepts floating around in my head.
Q: What types of assignments are you attracted most?
Q: Describe what black and white photography means to you?
A: Vintage, sophistication, original, pure
Q: Do you think of yourself as an artist and what do you think of the word artist?
A: Lol… I do what I do! U can call it what you want… the word artist means to me is: Basquiat
Q: How do you describe your photographic style?
A: Advant Garde
Q: What has been the most surprising or most predictable reaction to your photographs?
A: In this industry .. nothing is surprising, and that’s predictable!
Q: Tell a little secret about yourself that no-one knows …
A: If I told you it would be a secret anymore…
Q: Who or what would you love to shoot that you haven’t already?
A: Prince, Grace Jones, Swanson, and the heaven!
Q: What would you have done differently during your photography career so far and could this be an advice to others?
A: Never trust anyone over yourself!
Q: What are your thoughts on the paparazzi and their effects on photographers and photography?
A: Use your camera to invade your imagination not your bother and sisters personal lives… especially without an invite! how rude!
Q: How do you feel about digital manipulation and to what extent do you utilize it?
A: The world is manipulated… and I extend it digitally…
Q: What other thoughts would you like to share?
A: Never let demons possess your space, it blurs your image of self!