Cary: My name is Cary Fagan, and I am from Arizona. Right now, I do photography. I want to do other things, but for now I am trying to master what I am passionate about.
We have noticed a huge change in your photography style over the last year. What brought that on and how do you plan on furthering the development of your style?
Cary: Yeah, there has been a tremendous change in my work. When I started shooting film, which was two years ago, I focused on women more than objects. I’d say my work looked like what people’s work looks like nowadays. It was too cliché for me to continue doing that, so I took a huge break. During that break I started gaining some real life experience. My mind was elsewhere and I couldn’t really focus on what I wanted to do, but during that time I had moments to myself to actually think alone and become more grounded and learn about the world. I also watched a lot of old films, and I used all that to create this new vision and new perspective towards photography. I wanted to gear my stuff to have a more cinematic type of style. At the end of last year, I started making sets for specific shots. Pulp fiction, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 500 Days of Summer, all had stills that really intrigued me. A lot people don’t realize that although it is a movie, when you stop it, that whole scene is just beautiful. So, I started focusing more on the scene rather than just the subject. That did mature my work and I’m really happy about the change because people can’t put me in one category. I think the work I do is really diverse now. The whole change was brought on mainly by human interaction and emotion. On the side, I like to record conversations in an environment and then listen to them and understand that it’s more than just a conversation. You have background noise, you have other people talking, but you still hear the main conversation. I think that kind of detail is what I want to have in my photography.
What kind of collaborations can we expect from you over the next year?
Cary: my future projects for this summer consist of many things, continuing to search for ways to expand my art to the world. I also want to submit more to magazines, but i want the shoots to be commissioned so that i can build sets for a specific editorial or idea. I want to get more in tune with myself as far as nature, understand me a little be more in detail.
Describe how you felt when you first got approached to do work for Kanye West
Cary: That whole question is weird. It’s crazy that I’m even being asked that. I actually got to work for a guy that I’ve been inspired by for years growing up. That whole day when I got approached and asked to come out the next day was exciting for the first hour, but for the rest of the day I kind of just sat there and reflected. It felt like a dream, honestly. It didn’t even feel real until I got on the plane. It was probably one of the best experiences in my life so far, and it definitely won’t be the last.
We did some research and we understand that living in Houston is really not conducive to your work. That being said, what city inspires you the most, and where do you see yourself living when the time comes for you to move away from Texas?
Cary: LA has been on my mind for the longest time. That being said, I think LA is just more in my direction as far as the work that I do and the laid back mood that I’m always in compared to New York. I would love to live in New York, but I don’t think I could be sane in New York. I’d go crazy. I would leave the country and live in France though.
What kind of music are you listening to right now?
Cary: ROY AYERS! That’s it. Just Roy Ayers.
questions by Kendra Gomes