M I C H E L L E 7


Stephen McClure
Where are you originally from and how did you end up in Los Angeles?
I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and I first came to Los Angeles to study photography and 3d computer animation at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Did you grow up with arts education or artistic parents?
No, I didnít. I actually discovered my interest in photography later in life as it was never presented to me as a serious activity before I was in college.

So, how was your interest in art first sparked?
After high school I went to college at a small liberal arts college in Gambier, Ohio called Kenyon and as a part of my studies there I was required to take art classes in order to become a well rounded individual. Well, I am not sure if I really turned out well rounded in the collegeís estimation, but this is where I was first introduced to photography and quickly fell in love with the medium and making images. 

What led you to go from Kenyon to Art Center College of Design?
Most students at Kenyon take their junior year abroad as being in the middle of nowhere in Ohio for four years gets a bit tedious. Instead of going abroad I decided to go to The School of The Art Institute of Chicago to pursue my newly discovered love of photography and I actually never went back to Ohio. After graduating with a major in photography from SAIC I became interested in computer animation and continued some post graduate studies in Chicago. I then went back to Atlanta and worked in the field of design and photography for a short while before I decided to continue my education in photography and animation at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. 

What artists influence your work?
There are so many itís hard to name them all, but I would say that a major influence in my work comes from surrealists, fashion, and fetish photographers like Gilles Berquet, Pierre Molinier, Man Ray, Helmut Newton, Mario Sorrenti, and Erwin Olaf.

You are a computer animator as well, which medium do you prefer?
Animation and photography are so very different itís hard to say that I prefer one over the other, it just depends upon what message I am trying to convey and what medium I think is most appropriate to carry that message.

What hardware and equipment do you use?
I use a PC at home and a Power Mac at my studio. All my shooting is done digitally with a Canon EOS 1DS and all my lighting is done with Elinchrom flash equipment. 

Which of your own pieces do you like the most?
I like them all for different reasons so I wouldnít say that there is one that is my favorite, although I will say that currently the only image of mine that I have hanging in my house is a print of Amy in the neck brace. 

Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Email: blkryder@yahoo.com
Website: www.darkenvy.com 
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