Meet Bailey, a photographer from Port St. Lucie, Florida who is featured in our Spring Break 2014 campaign. You may remember Bailey from our Spring 2014 campaign as well as Episode 1 of Project Live Your Life: San Francisco, where he helped shoot photos for an American Eagle Outfitters campaign. Read on to learn more about him.
This is your second shoot for AEO. How do you feel about being back?
Meeting creative people, working and playing hard for a week in Miami, what’s not to like?
You got to take some pictures for AEO on the last photo shoot. Explain how you felt when you were given the opportunity.
Amazing! I am a photographer so I grab any opportunity to take pictures. It’s what I enjoy and what I hope to turn into a full-time career.
What are some of the biggest challenges that you have faced while photographing, specifically your challenge with taking pictures for the AEO shoot?
The AEO shoot was different than what I typically do. The particular challenge I faced was the lack of time to keep working to get the perfect shot. There are tight deadlines on a shoot like this one. The experience taught me quite a bit about highlighting the clothing as well as the model.
Who or what inspires your photography?
This one is tough because someone always gets left off the list so I won’t name names. I am mostly inspired by a group of photographers I have connected with on social media. I meet up with other photographers from all over the country to spend a few hours, a few days or a week taking photos. My latest trip was to Seattle. It can be a crazy time photo adventuring, hanging out and sleeping on floors.
You love Polaroids. What is the best Polaroid that you’ve ever taken and who did you give it to?
I try to take Polaroids whenever I meet new people and either give them away or keep them as memories of our time together. I don’t think I can pick one, but I took a shot on the river road near my house of a passing train. First one I took with a Polaroid I found in an old antique store. I gave it to my mom, but she let me have it back. I also took a sweet one of a lake near Wichita, Kansas while I was with family.
What makes you unique? What characteristics help tell your story?
I am just a regular guy. I really like coffee, but I’m not sure that makes me unique. HA! I feel connected to the visual revolution my generation is creating. I look for ways to tell other people’s stories through photographs. I always look forward to the possibilities ahead.
Is this your first time in Miami? What about the city inspires you?
I am in Miami a few times a week for work so it’s actually feeling more like home than Port St. Lucie. Miami has its own rhythm. The art and culture here are vibrant. The Miami Design District and South Beach keep me inspired when I’m not working.
What about your hometown of Port St. Lucie do you heart?
I am from St. Louis and still consider it my hometown, but I’ve lived in Florida for over 10 years now. Memories of growing up and the group of friends I grew up with in Port St. Lucie will be what I carry with me.
You’ve seen Wynwood Walls transform from an all-white space to an art instillation filled with color and life. How were you feeling during this transformation?
The people who paint these walls are true artists in every sense of the word. Many of them started out using whatever they could find as a canvas, when this type of street art was only considered a crime. I admire anyone willing to follow their dream through, even if they need to break a few rules. There is nothing like seeing a vision come to life.
What does “art” mean to you?
Art means the world to me.