My first introduction to Oscar Correcher’s work was through viewing the photo album of model/actor Hector Lincoln on Facebook. He had uploaded a few new photos, shot by Oscar, which I found to be gorgeous. A lot has always been said about the love affair between a model and the camera. We have all heard derivatives of the expression, “The camera just loves him or her!” And while this can be true, not much is said about the romance between a photographer and the camera. If the camera and a model have a love affair, then the photographer guides the liaison. The photographer is the person responsible for the shot that makes consumers want to purchase the latest trends. They are an essential component to the fashion world. And it takes love and passion to stand with dozens of photographers during fashion week and fight to get a good shot as a model walks the runway or to wake up early to get the best light for a photo shoot.
As a former model, Oscar’s relationship with the camera has been from both sides. His love and passion for life has prompted him to travel the world, capturing the beauty of experience. Whether it is a fashion story or Dali, his canine, Oscar’s photos lure the viewer in to a world of splendor. Recently, I had the opportunity to ask him a few questions about fashion, New York City and his bucket list.
Tell me about your background and travels.
I was born in Barcelona, Spain. At the age of 17, I went to London, when I was 19 to Paris and when I was 21, I came to NYC.
When did you first fall in love with photography?
When I started seeing old black and white pictures at home with my family. When I was eight years old, my father gave me my first camera, a second hand camera that he got on the streets of Barcelona on a Sunday.
What was the first camera you ever owned?
Professionally, a Chinon 35mm that a friend had sitting at home on the lower east side, we didn’t even know if it was going to work.
What year did you move to New York?
What made you want to move to New York City?
The need of keep traveling and having new experiences in the world.
Has your experience as a model assisted your eye as a photographer?
Definitely! It wakes up a sense of intuition.
What do you love most about shooting fashion stories?
Being able to tell stories and show locations and places by using a theme or clothing.
What is the importance of photography to the business of fashion?
It is a way of translating what the brand or the designer is about or wants to communicate to the public for that particular season.
Who are your top five designers and why?
Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Alexander McQueen, Ann Demeulemeester, Alexander Wang and Richard Chai because of their perfection/style, beauty and hard work.
If you had a photography bucket list, tell me the top three:
The dessert, Brazil and cities from all over the world.
Deepak Chopra, Oprah Winfrey and Lady Gaga (an amazing young and very talented young lady from our time).
Love, friendship and kindness.
What do you have planned for the rest of 2012?
To keep doing what I love and improving myself by learning and sharing.
To view Oscar Correcher’s photography, click oscarcorrecherphotography.dphoto.com.
Photo courtesy of Oscar Correcher