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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 13 June 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 13 JUNE 2015 17 moments played a great role in my success," he says. "That was really tricky and even now it takes up a lot of my time and effort." Even though Michael managed to rise above that difficult and uncertain period, he realised that having one focus to direct your energy to, rather than just waiting for things to take care of themselves, is essential. "I feel that creativity comes from limitation. The feeling of meeting someone's expectation and even exceeding it, if I can, is priceless. "There has to be a clear hero in every photo," he says, stressing that a great photo can't be about everything - "less is more". He can't think of an ideal person or situation to photograph, however, he does believe there is an ideal state in which to photograph. The same applies to his collaborations. Through acknowledging each member's creativity, a team can create something that no one could have even imagined working individually. "It's not about who those people I work with are, in terms of wanting to work with a particular named professional - it's more about the synergy between the members of the team," he continues. "Ideas thrive and evolve when partners respect each other and contribute aiming for the best result." Michael experimented with various types of photography before he found his niche. Portrait and fashion photography. Growing up in a society where mass media is constantly telling people they are not good, strong or beautiful enough, he wanted to capture the natural beauty of the people around him. "With music we create sounds which make people feel good in a more abstract way, whereas with people, photography in particular, we can make people feel good about themselves. "Most people are self-conscious and usually don't like looking at stills of themselves, unless someone takes some time to 'study' them and capture their best version even before Photoshop." In spite of initially being opposed to digitally processing images, he now believes that a reasonable use of the tool is necessary or even inevitable to complement a photo. Renowned photographer and re-touch artist Julia Kuzmenco was the one to change his mind. "My ideal Photoshop should be invisible, minor. If you can tell what I've done, to me it means I've failed," he says. "Photoshop is helping me to make the person that I remember at that moment without letting all the minor details steal the show Maintaining a natural feeling and ensuring his subjects feel comfortable make even the more strenuous task of creating a thought-provoking photo seem simple. The results are always intimate pictures exuding spontaneity and effortlessness, which manage to coax the right emotion. "I am trying to refine my skill as a photographer by taking as many wellconsidered pictures whilst appreciating the critical input of colleagues and viewers." "Even the hardest criticism is person w. ri . he constructive when you can implement it to produce better projects and approach each image with as much honesty as you can," he concludes. Maybe what determines a good photographer is his intention and the ability to fulfil it. * For more information visit www.michaelteo.com alie Rodriguez. Tattooed model Cam Oscilowski. FEATURE Photographer Michael Teo.
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