Who is Ryan Roake and what do you do?
I’m a freelance photographer who recently qualified in photography at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
How would you define your style of photography?
My photography is uniquely creative and I thrive on taking the normal to the next level, where I am able mould it into something of my own.
What inspires your work?
If I look back on the shoots that I’ve done I’d say that the thrill and rush I get when it comes to planning a shoot inspires me as I enjoy trying to create great ideas for concepts. I’m also inspired by other young creatives and their goal driven personalities.
You recently did a shoot called the Urban Mermaid, tell us what the idea behind it was and what it was for?
The shoot was called Urban Mermaid as I was wanting a fresh trendy way to introduce the mermaid look by combining it with the urban ways of life. The designers from Hoiden approached me and asked me to shoot their range for advertising purposes. They are designers from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. They convey a new outlook on fashion by finding beauty in the darkest of places and transforming it into optimistic works of wearable art and this is what I wanted to interpret in the shoot.
What would you say is the defining moment in your creative career ?
The most defining moment of my career is that I have been able to work with and meet many other talented people. They have both inspired and helped me improve my work by feeding me with both positive and negative feedback. This information has helped me further my career and has allowed me to be apart of great events where I was able to exhibit my work.
What are you currently working on?
I have recently located to Durban, South Africa and have been approached by a well known designer here, Colleen Eitzen (Colleeneitzendesigns) hopefully do some new work with her sometime in this year.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
If you are a creative person, go out there, take a chance and make your dream a reality. Try and make a living out of what you love doing.
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