steven westbrook adams
Steven Westbrook Adams is a 21-year-old photographer and writer who loves to travel. He currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida.
How did the idea for the series come about?
I met Emma through a mutual friend who I went to high school with. I did a shoot with the both of them earlier this year, which was actually her first time being in front of a camera, and when I decided that I wanted to do a more intimate shoot she was the first person to come to mind.
How do you approach these intimate shoots?
I don’t feel there’s any shortage of photographers, particularly male photographers, whose intentions with intimate shoots such as these tend to be more self-serving to say the least, so I like the people I shoot nude/partially nude to know off the bat that their comfort level sets the boundaries, and that it’s my job to be able to work inside those parameters. I have done intimate shoots before but this was Emma’s first one, so I felt it’s especially important that the shoot turns out to her liking and that she was completely comfortable through the entire process. Plus, I believe that in shoots that requires any kind of exposure if your subject matter isn’t comfortable it will definitely show, and it will definitely throw the picture off.
Can we photograph the female body differently in a more powerful way?
Of course! I feel as if that should be every photographer’s intention when shooting the female form. For me comfort and dignity play a huge role in the matter. I think photographs belong just as much to the subject matter as it does to the photographer, and people, women especially, deserve to see reflections of themselves that they can be proud of.
What inspires you?
Generally I’m very inspired by the creations of others who love what they do, primarily music I listen to and the stories I experience.
How would you define beauty?
The funny thing is I don’t think I would ever want to define it. Definitions are limiting. I suppose anything that sparks something in you that stays for a very long time.
Film or digital?
Only recently have I begun straying away from digital for the more novel hands-on approach of film and mostly only use digital when I do events. I think I strayed because I’m going through a very transitional period in my life and shooting film has taught me risk and patience. But I’ll probably never completely abandon digital simply because when done right it allows you to be creative in ways it’s harder to be with film. So they both have their pros and cons.
What makes you happy?
Constantly creating. If I go too long without taking a picture, or writing a poem, or consuming a story, or hearing new music, I start to lose my purpose. I’m glad my joy comes from such things.
What’s next for you?
I’m not sure, I have less than two semesters of school left so after that I’ll probably move out of the south. Other than that just more shoots with different ideas and different people. Definitely putting more of my work out there for others to see and hopefully feel inspired by.