“Wheter I’m shooting fashion, people or BMX, I try to keep things simple and minimal”
Says Christopher Polack, who has travelled an unusual career path. He started out shooting BMX and now makes his living as a fashion photographer.
He has worked with some of the biggest names in Australian fashion and his images have been published in leading fashion magazines including Yen, And Men Magazine, Acclaim Magazine, and SPOOK.
In black and white Schon! online editorial he explores bondage and thraldom, emphasising the dominating power of the Empress. With styling by Raytell Bridges garments from Gucci, Prada and Zana Bayne compliments Latex Leotards and bodysuits by Tableaux Vivants, creating a graphic scenario.
What I try to achieve is a low fuss method of documenting my life experiences. Documentary photography today comes in a variety of styles and aesthetics, which I think is an ingredient to my photography. Sometimes it’s stylised and glamourous and sometimes is raw, natural and unpolished.
While he still shoots BMX, these days the bulk of the Melbourne-based photographer’s work is in fashion and advertising with a growing client list that includes Nike, Red Bull, Carhartt, Vans and Guinness.
During New Dawn photoshoot he focussed on his “genuine concerns of the issues surrounding us” and found inspiration in the colour black – his photographs becoming an exploration of its textures, imperfections and possibilities, looking at the work of artists Pierre Soulages and Banks Violette in the process.