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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 21 July 2018
14 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 21 JULY 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Photography for the love of women From a mundane desk job in IT to becoming one of the most sought after fashion photographers; Peter Soulis speaks to Neos Kosmos ANASTASIA TSIRTSAKIS Born and raised for the most part in Melbourne to a migrant family with roots in both Greece and Malta, he never identified as being creative growing up, nor was photography a passion of his. Rather, his background is in IT, and while P there is a connection between information technology and his equipment of choice now, Soulis is a prime example of the old adage that you never really know what the future holds. Today he is considered one of the most talented and sought after fashion and portrait photographers in the industry. But few know that it all actually started with his koubaro's bucks’ party in 2005. Assigned the task of creating the invitations, Soulis recalls setting out online in search of suitable black and white images, when a photograph of Brazilian model Adriana Lima, shot for that year's Pirelli calendar popped up on his screen. "I thought to myself, 'how beautiful is this girl? What a job this would be, photographing beautiful women every day’," he remembers. After that, Soulis put the idea out of his mind, but the seed had well and truly been planted. It wasn't until five years later while holidaying in West Hollywood, that the aspiration he flirted with resurfaced. "With all the glitz and glamour, [it] made me really think that there had to be more to life than just sitting at a desk nine hours a day," a sentiment with which many identify. Despite not having any experience with cameras, or any other aspect of the medium, he decided to quit his full-time job, and take the leap into photography, and he has since been living anything but the nine to five. And its in large part thanks to the encouragement of his beloved sister, who in 2012 passed away after being diagnosed with a rare disease. "Something was telling me to give it a go, but was obviously very hesitant," Soulis reveals. "My sister told me that I had nothing to lose; give it a shot." Once you decided to turn your focus onto photography, what led you to fashion, in particular? I always loved fashion, even before I was a photographer. I knew most of the designer brands and designers, both international and Australian. But what really attracted me to fashion photography was the Pirelli calendars and the photographers they had used. Doing research on them, [I found the] majority of them were fashion photographers from all over the world. Some of these amazing photographers had shot campaigns for all the big name overseas designers also. So I kept at it and kept practising and shooting. Saying that, I am going to dabble in wedding photography also - very documentarystyle with a bit of fashion. It's not going to be my main focus, but will shoot the occasional wedding. How would you describe your aesthetic? Fashion with some sexiness added to it, but still keeping it tasteful. I'm all about beautiful people, being a man or a woman, and capturing their beauty. I like to know a bit about the models I am working with, so I like to spend time with them while they are in the make-up artist's chair and try and get the best out of them while working with them. Photographer Peter Soulis. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED Having worked as a photographer over the past seven years, what would you say inspires you? How do you sustain inspiration as time goes on? There are so many things that inspire me; things like movies, music, magazines, and other photographers. Having to create great imagery for my clients which meets their brief and then nailing those shots inspires me. Light is another inspiration for me. I am always looking at what the sun is doing and always looking at where the light is hitting people, especially when eter Soulis' narrative surrounding how he came to be a photographer doesn't follow the trajectory that we're used to hearing.
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