FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Kidd
Aug 14, 2009 - by Hillary Frazier
You may remember when I had a conversation with Zak Krevitt of Radiant Jungl e, and he mentioned the work of Kris Kidd, a sixteen-year-old from California that he (and we) thought was a brilliant photographer. Lately there's been waves of young photographers, but Kris Kidd definitely sticks out as one worth mentioning. I've known of his work for a few years, and will say without a doubt, I've always been impressed with his aesthetic, and similar to Radiant Jungle, he has the most insane concepts for shoots I think I've ever seen (especially his self-portraits). I also follow him on Twitter and always find myself laughing at things like "if every cigarette you smoke takes 7 minutes off your life, then every game of dungeons & dragons delays the loss of your virginity for 7 hours," and "I can't tell if this is a parody of fox news or if its the same bullshit they always do :(," and so I thought, I have to talk to this kid. After exchanging a few emails, Kris answered some of the questions that his fans are always dying to know, as well as the typical Fashion Indie 'it makes no sense that these questions are in an interview' questions:
FASHION INDIE: How long have you been into photography, and how did you get your start?
KRIS KIDD: Ive always been taking photos, it started with those weird dildo shaped Polaroid cameras, you know? And it grew. I was twelve, almost thirteen when I realized that I could make something out of it.
FI: Where do you draw inspiration for your concepts for shoots?
KK: Im one of those people who goes off of feelings.. There will be a part of a song, or a scene in a movie, that just hits me a certain way, and I run with it.
FI: Do you feel that being a lot younger than most photographers serves as an advantage or disadvantage?
KK: Two way street, definitely. Theres always the issue of maturity, and whether or not someone my age can work professionally, but Id like to think that I can, and so, my age becomes an advantage, and makes people look at the work differently.
FI: Tell us a little about the organization you're working with, World Class Youth.
KK: World Class Youth is my second family. They are the most creative, talented and genuinely sweet people I have ever met. Were opening doors for the younger generation, and serving as a gateway to the world of fashion.
FI: Where do you hope to take your career, or do you even hope to pursue photography as a career, or try something else? What do you hope to have accomplished by the time you're 25?
KK: Id love to be a celebrity portrait photographer, maybe somewhat of a cross between Lionel Deluy and Terry Richardson. By 25, Im hoping Ill have made somewhat of an impact with the images Ive created. I want to make people see something.
FI: You and your work have become pretty popular over the internet, do you think having all of these media outlets is good for the art?
KK: I think its great for the art, so many people in all different areas of art have been recognized through the internet. its a great way to put yourself out there.
FI: What is the craziest thing a fan (or just a girl) has ever done when they saw you?
KK: Nothing too crazy, Ill usually just be out with friends, and have someone approach me, and ask if Im kriskidd and, being me, the answer is usually a no.
FI: Since you're still in high school, who would be your 'dream date' for prom? (they can be dead, alive, a celebrity, cartoon character, someone you've never met..)
KK: Edie Sedgwick. Im not gonna lie. Wed look pretty fly rolling up to prom together.
FI: If you had $1000 to spend on something that was not photo equipment, what would you buy?
KK: I want orange shag carpet for my room! Its ridiculous how expensive something so ugly can be.
FI: Imagine if there was a recording of every dream you have ever had and you could watch them all, but your parents had to be in the room with you while you watched...would you do it?
KK: Oh hell no, theyre not old enough to watch such material yet.
(Kris Kidd and Zak Krevitt of Radiant Jungle by Lenore Melo)