When asked how his work pushes the culture forward, Brock answered:
The scene here in my local market is relatively scarce. We have decent talent but the best of the talent tends to leave for a major market within a year. I was shooting the typical fashion for a long time. Floral dresses and the like until I came across my now good friend and designer Ryan Taylor (Ryanknew.com) We started working together and he introduced me to all of these guys that were super interested in modeling but never really given the opportunity in a full purpose built studio. Most of the photographers around here do not have access to a studio, don’t take their craft too seriously or have very little interest in the commercial and high fashion scene. I’ve worked in major department store studios for the past 5 years and have a different understanding of photography then most who shoot this type of work. I’ve always been interested in the contemporary look and wanted to blend it with a commercial high end feel so when I finally came across the right crowd it was time to work. I opened up my studio doors and started to bring in anyone truly passionate about making something of themselves and we have went from there. We went from having very little following 6 months ago to having a story in Complex Magazine out at the end of this month. It has been long days and nights constantly putting in the effort but it has paid off as we find more and more this city has to offer. We are trying our best to push it to the limit’s our city allows us. This particular story was privately shared with the team over at Mastered to confirm my position in the Nick Knight Master Class. (He is the photographer that has shot 95% of Alexander McQueen’s work, Gareth Pugh, Rick Owens, etc. etc.) Being accepted into that class has been the biggest accomplishment thus far as I was selected from thousands of entries to have the opportunity to learn from one of the greatest photographers of our time.
-Story told to Culture Starved by Brock Lawson
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