Daniel Archer is a freelance commercial photographer based in Melbourne Australia.
Recently graduating from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a bachelor
of photography, Daniel is slowly building a reputation as one of Australia's up and coming photographers.
FOLLOW HIM ON HIS JOURNEY
Still recovering from jet leg I’ve forced myself to leave my beautiful apartment, see the sties and do the ‘touristy’ things before I start my internship with Art Partner on Monday morning. It has really surprised me that everything here is in walking distance (note to self: by some good walking shoes).
Yesterday: I explored Soho and little italy which surprisingly is full of asians. Had coffee at the place Mr T.Richardson gets his usual and I can understand why, as the coffee reminded me of Melbourne. The cobble stone roads, amazing architcture and hip attitude has made it my favourite place so far, although I can imagine it being quite loud at night.
Today: Stepped off the N train this morning, walked up two flights of stairs and there it was…Times Square. No matter how you see this place, over the net, on television. Nothing can stop you from feeling butterflies in your stomach upon first glance. I took my head phones out and was welcomed by this symphony of people yelling, camera’s exposing, cars beeping.
I then walked through central park and watched gangster kids play baseball, couples enjoying picnics, people exercising. To know that outside the walls of this peaceful park lies the biggest city in the world….it’s really hard to fathom.
I’ve been eating and drinking at this really cool hipster bar called Skytown which i’m really taking a liking to. The people are very friendly, there is great beer and to put it shortly the food is fucking awesome.
Enough typing for now. I’m off to buy some new kicks before the sun goes down and Brooklyn comes out to play haha.
Finally!!! After 3 years of studying my dreams of travelling to NYC are beginning. Whilst I’m sitting here alone in the terminal waiting for my connecting flight to Sydney to arrive I feel anxious but excited to know that within 24 hours ill be in the big apple. Who knows what the next 2 months have in store for me. Meetings have been set, bars have been scouted and hipster film camera’s purchased.
"The computer probably has to take some heat on this, too. It’s amazing, in one sense. I personally love it, but it does allow people to delude themselves into thinking they actually did something today, when they really didn’t. It’s an apathy enabler, and allows us to retreat, maybe too far. Like computer sex, it’s safe and controlled, but has zero risk. And the chance encounter is what life is about. We’re losing that."
Have there been photographers you’ve invested in that didn’t live up to expectations?
Of course. It’s a bet – you put time and energy into managing talent, and sometimes it just doesn’t come out. It can’t all be coming from you – they have to be confident in their own vision. I mean, if you look at Mert & Marcus, of course they’re going to make a good picture because they’re so incredibly confident. Picture taking is mostly about confidence and conviction. There are a lot of young photographers who aren’t confident enough in their own ideas, and if the picture does not come out right away they abandon it. For a picture to be perfect after three clicks, that’s very rare. A studied image needs work on composition, light, colour, attitude, body expression, hair, make-up, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. You have so many people involved in building the image, the photographer needs to be able to direct a whole team in the right direction to raise the image an extra five notches. You have to build your own authority. If you’re weak, everybody reads it. Why does Steven Meisel take such fantastic photos? Not only because he has the ability, but also because he knows what he wants; therefore, he can make every single person on set work harder towards creating the perfect image. And if you’re not on that level, you’re just out of the team. Only the best remain. And every bit counts, from the computer guy that gives you a nice coloration on set, to the hair stylist that makes the extra little flick, to the lighting assistant that puts the bounce card at just the right angle, and so on, all these little details can make the image 20 times better. And that’s how you arrive at a superior image.