Davey Warren is a portrait and fashion photographer living in Toronto, Canada. Davey spent a very long time living in China where he worked for Vice Magazine documenting strange things with his camera and figuring out Mandarin. He returned to Canada a couple of years ago and dove right back into shooting for magazines but shooting portraits and fashion instead.
How did the idea for the series come about?
I like to shoot and see what happens. I don’t usually go into a shoot saying this is exactly what I want because I’d most likely find it boring or disappointing. I like to be surprised. For this series Vanessa and I took a ferry to the first island we could get to from Toronto harbour which happened to be Ward’s Island. Ward’s Island became the inspiration for the shoot in a weird way.
How did your shoot with Vanessa go?
It went great! Vanessa and I shot together once before and hit it off immediately. It was the same thing all over again in a different place.
Can we photograph the female body differently in a more powerful way?
I think so. Maybe. If there is a connection between the model and the photographer it will somehow be captured in the photos which makes them more powerful. That’s what I like to think anyway. Technique is huge and something that can’t really be taught. That’s what’s necessary to take powerful photos.
What inspires you?
I used to really love looking at other photographers work like Helmut Newton or David LaChapelle. I don’t really do that anymore and I’m not sure why. I like reading books and listening to music. I like to find inspiration outside of photography.
How would you define beauty?
I don’t think it’s possible. There are so many kinds of beauty right? I think most of us are taught as children what physical beauty looks like. Marilyn Monroe obviously!
Film or digital?
Film all the way. It will be a sad day when we can’t buy film anymore.
What makes you happy?
I would say the little things in life like a hot coffee in the morning or an afternoon nap. Making other people happy always makes me happy.
What’s next for you?
I wish I knew. Working as a photographer these days is a crazy life. I’d say I’m going to continue doing what I’m doing because it keeps me going on some many levels. I’d also like to do more documentary work. I’m looking into that.