Interview Series: Nick Corradi (NSFW)

L.A.-based photographer Nick Corradi knows quite a bit about beautiful women. His Tumblr and Instagram feeds never fail to entertain as he vogues through life and shoots his girlfriends, showcasing new faces with a sexy edge and a lot of passion. We had a chance to sit down with Nick for a quick chat, and here’s what he had to say:

Q&A

LF: When did you first pick up a camera?

NC: I have no idea. I think the first camera I ever picked up or saw was my parents old PENTAX KM 35mm film camera, which was recently given to me as a gift and that I use all the time now. Shooting on film is not easy & it’s not cheap, but it’s real and it’s timeless. I love the rush of not knowing how the photos are going to come out. Sometimes you’ll get nothing on a roll, but once in a while you’ll find a photo that you had no idea existed and it blows your mind. I’m trying to get better at it!

LF: Do you consider yourself a voyeur or an exhibitionist? Or both? Why?

NC: Both. I like finding the beauty & rawness in moments as they happen and making sure that the subjects true personality comes through.

LF: Where do you seek inspiration?

NC: EVERYWHERE. Music, women, art, movies, friends & family, surfing, skating, beaches, mountains, nature, the internet, travel, fashion, books & magazines….the list is endless. I think inspiration is everywhere and in everything…its all a matter of your eyes, mind and heart being open.

LF: If you could give women one piece of advice, what would it be? 

NC: BE YOU & BE CONFIDENT.

LF: What about for men? 

NC: Don’t look directly into the sun.

LF: What gets you off – literally and figuratively?

NC: Girls wearing their hair in a bun, chest – head high waves, Ice cold Jameson, art & taking photos. Oh… and Candice Swanepoel!

LF: What time of the day are you most creative?

NC: Night… I am a Vampire.

LF: What’s on your playlist right now?

NC: I listen to a lot of music. A LOT….& have a huge playlist. But right now, going through my iPhone… The Raveonettes, The Black Lips, TV On The Radio, Silversun Pickups, Tom Vek, Groove Armada, Neon Indian, M83, Kid Cudi, Naked & Famous, Blood Orange, Toro Y Moi, The Cure, The Rolling Stones, The Horrors, Grimes, The Black Angels, New Young Pony Club, Youth Lagoon, Ghostland Observatory, Washed Out, Gauntlet Hair, Outkast, WU-TANG, Wavves, Blond Redhead, Dead Weather, JUSTICE, Friendly Fires, The Presets, Kanye West(Graduation), Black Mountain, Phantogram, Little Dragon, BRMC, Joy Division, LCD… I’ll stop there but shit goes!

LF: What do you have coming up? Any exciting project you want to share? 

NC: Yea just testing and shooting as much as possible right now. I have one or two really cool ideas for some series I want to do and maybe have a showing at a gallery. I’m also going to go back to the art side of things and collaborate my photos into some large mixed media pieces like i was sort of doing before all of this. More collaborations with friends and possibly some new editorial ideas i got up my sleeve.

LF: How do you define success, and what keeps you going?

NC: To me success is doing what you love & loving what you do, being the best that you can be & being yourself, following your dreams & never giving up on them, being happy in all of this and having someone to share it all with. My family & friends are what keep me going.

LF: How fast do you live?

NC: I live slow… I’m not in a hurry to get out of here. but I do like to go fast !


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