New York based photographer Michael Hauptman, assisted fashion photographer Richard Burbridge before pursuing his own career in 2010 and publishing his first book "Notes on, something like life should be". His photos have appeared in Dazed and Confused, Oyster, Opening Ceremony, and Japanese cult magazine T amongst other publication. With a distinct use of colorful light that opens his images and makes us dream of summer afternoons, eclectic* had the chance to talk with Michael about his craft and inspirations.
eclectic*: What colors, images, and themes do you enjoy working with?
michael: I always seem to be drawn towards warmer colors, I like the subtle uplifting emotion it enhances/creates. As far as images and themes, that really changes day to day. That is one of the best things about photography, one day you get to do a portrait of some you thought you would never meet and the next day you get to shoot a fashion story. All the while being able to transpose how and what you're feeling that day.
e: What is inspiring you at the moment?
m: Outer space, the Apollo missions, and everything that was accomplished in the 1960's into the early 1970's by NASA.
e: What do you enjoy communicating through your photography?
m: My biggest goal with photography has always been the same; I want to capture a real and honest moment with whoever or whatever I am taking a photo of. If someone looks at one of my photographs and feels an emotion or makes them think of a personal moment in their life I've succeeded.
e: What upcoming projects do you have?
m: It's in very very early stages but I've started working on a new book, which will more or less consist of photographs I took in India. Editorial wise, in the next couple of weeks I'm shooting something for this great magazine out of London called Beat as well as Teen Vogue and Oyster.
e: What are you listening to at the moment?
m: I think I consistently feel a bit musically stagnate and I listen to a broad cross section of music but a staple would have to be Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and a lot of Hot97, which is a hip hop radio station in NYC.