We call it the #ICMEETSERIES and thought it would be interesting to find out a bit more about the people behind the disposables. We asked a few IC contributors to tell us a bit about themselves and this is what we got in return…
IC MEET SERIES – Q+A with…
SHAROKH MIRZAI – Brooklyn, NY
Photographer / Creative Director / Artist
www.sharokhmirzai.com | INSTAGRAM
Can you tell us about your creative background?
I didn’t start shooting seriously until I was around 25. I had always shot film and developed it myself from about 16 years old but that work was never really shown or made too public. Plus, there wasn’t IG back then so you had to make the effort to get an audience. I wasn’t too concerned with all that.
What inspires you to shoot film?
Film was always what photography was to me. The process, knowledge and trust you had to have in your ability was just as important as what you were shooting,composition, etc. I think I mentioned in our last brief talk that there isn’t anything special in digital photography. TBH I don’t really care for digital.
How did you come to connect with Indisposable Concept?
Oh, good question, haha. I must have definitely found you on IG while cruising 35mm posts.
Do you remember what was in the first roll of film you shot for IC?
Damn, must have been with Sabina and Petite Tenue about 3 years ago. I think the most memorable rolls were when Petite Tenue and I drove through the southwest. I still love that work and I usually hate everything I do after awhile.
It seems film photography and disposables are making a comeback, why do you think that is?
I think it’s a natural counter-culture to the digital world, filters and all that shit. It’s nice to really think about the image your about to spend $1 to shoot and wait sometimes a week to see. It’s also gratifying to load film and advance the frame and wind it back, then keep it safe until you get to develop it. It’s a process that you don’t get with digital.
If someone destroyed all the disposable cameras in the world and you had the very last one, what would you capture?
oh man. I think I would plan a different shoot for each frame. Like, make it a crazy production. Lots of naked people, too. for sure.
What does 2016 hold for you?
Jess Mederos (stylist) and I just did 5 page fashion editorial for NYLON Japan in the March issue so you should definitely pick one up. I’d like to have another show in NYC this year with some other photographers I like and make a small book of my work.
Where in the world would you love to shoot?
White sands, NM. and Cape town South Africa.
5 at 5… (For lack of a better name)
5 photos from history you wish you’d taken?
1. The first photo of earth from space
2. The first photo ever taken
3. The Tiananmen square tank/civilian image
4. Richard Avedon’s Dovima with the Elephants
5. Any shot of Juergen Teller pretty much
5 people you’d like to photograph?
1. Teresa Oman for sure. She’s the top of my list.
2. Then Kate Moss ’cause she’s a classic.
3. Obama and Michelle ’cause they have good energy and might let me get something a little provocative.
4. And my friend Colleen cause she beautiful and never lets me photograph her.