Ethan on Fashion, Modelling & Being Yourself

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Photo by @chris_edfi for ASOS menswear

I remember meeting Ethan for the very first time over at our Hype Influencers’ BMW experience. He was carrying a skateboard with him while slowly approached the rest of the group — he immediately stood out from the crowd with his fresh and witty style, and laid back attitude. I remember thinking that this kid definitely has really good people skills, and I think for this exact reason I levitated towards the guy. It wasn’t long before I found myself enjoying Ethan’s company, kicking back with tunes by the late Prince, and exploring the city in a convertible. Later his smooth dance moves put my own to shame and from then on we really started getting to know each other. Ethan joined in at our Hype Influencer night a couple of days later and after hearing his opinions about lifestyle, skateboarding and art, I decided to catch up and ask him a few questions about his own ifs and buts, does and dont’s

Barbara. What’s your story?

Ethan. My name is Ethan Robert Richards, but people call me Bushy, ’cause of my eyebrows. I’m 20-years-old, I was born in Leicester, but grew up in London. As you can imagine, I’m so happy we won the league, this has been a good year for Leicester and for me. I guess my passions are fashion, skateboarding and I guess art in general. I am a full-time model and an amateur street skateboarder.

B. What are your favourite cities for enjoying life?

E. That’s a hard question. Thanks to my amazing mum, I was able to travel a lot as a child, but I would have to say Florida and New York, also Montserrat and Saint Lucia — they may not be cities, but they are beautiful places. My mum’s side of the family are actually from Montserrat.

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Photos by @deesixish

‘I want to create something beautiful — I love being a canvas for something someone has created. I’m inspired by my desire to explore and see the world, and by people doubting me at the beginning.’

B. What kind of places do you like to spend time at with your friends?

E. Anywhere we can skate or if there’s music. If i were to recommend places to go, I would say The Blues Kitchen — their wings are amazing — and places to go out, Ace Hotel or Visions Video Bar.

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Image from @bushybroweth

B. How would you describe your personal style in three words?

E. Cool, simple and edgy.

B. Anything exciting you have planned for this year?

E. London Collections Men is next month, and I have a skate advert that I shot coming out soon. To be honest, I try not to plan too much — I like to take each day as it comes.

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B. Let’s talk modelling. What inspires you?

E. My love for art, I guess. I want to create something beautiful — I love being a canvas for something someone has created. I’m inspired by my desire to explore and see the world, and by people doubting me at the beginning.

B. Can you tell us what led you on this path?

E. My friend Meldon told me to go to this casting, ’cause he said I would get it, and I did.

‘My goals are to inspire people to live their dreams, anything is possible. I didn’t have the easiest time in school — I want people to understand that there is nothing wrong with being different.’

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Photo by @vickygrout for i-D Magazine

B. What’s your #1 good photo tip?

E. My good photo tip would have to be — treat the camera as your best friend. Let it compliment you.

B. From all of your photoshoots, which one stood out as being a real highlight and why?

E. The one I did for Pause Online. It was my first shoot for a magazine — it made me realise I had a future in modelling.

B. Do you have any limitations? Would you model any kind of clothing at all?

E. No. And i I guess it depends if i I agree with what the company stands for.

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Photo by @photographybysiri for ASOS menswear

B. How has social media helped you?

E. It has helped me a lot, it allows me to make a living doing the things I love — and funny enough the first time I got scouted was at a party.

B. What tips would you give readers hoping to grow their own following?

E. Be yourself.

B. Where do you see yourself in, let’s say, the next couple of years?

E. My goals are to inspire people to live their dreams, anything is possible. I didn’t have the easiest time in school — I want people to understand that there is nothing wrong with being different.

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Image by @eddyline for OurStory Magazine

B. What do you think about the industry’s beauty standards?

E. I think things have changed a lot in the past couple of years. Modelling is about being unique and standing for something.

B. What does get you the job: — look or attitude? Or both?

E. I think a bit of both. I’ve always been sociable and good with people, but i I think my look has gotten stronger with time.

B. What have been some of the most rewarding aspects of taking this path?

E. Free boards, clothes, food, travelling and I’ve met some amazing people.

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TEEN CLUB: interview with Rusne P.

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Our usual discussion of the state of the world and other bullshit was successfully interrupted by a visit of two figures. We shook hands with an old buddy and then he willingly introduced us the sweet young teenager next to him, Rusne.
One of us (social media freak that stalks people, still love him) cautiously asked if she is by any chance linked with ‘Pazdrazdyte Photography’
Yes – she nodded.
My face frowned after hearing of such unheard and unrecognized names and my wrinkles got as bad as they ever get.
The girl smiled and my eyes suddenly noticed a camera hanging under her neck.

B: Hi Rusne, which ‘planet ‘are you from? What’s you taking over the world plan?
R:I’m Rusnė Pazdrazdytė from the seaside. Not planning to conquer the world, but mastering my camera is my long term plan.
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Being a form of life with good looks and talent, you managed to get into the minds of many in Lithuanians. Do you expect to grow the number of fans of your photography page and what is the recipe for that? What is your secret?
One does not share its best recipes.

‘A photographer in her 16eens’ – a good title to attract attention or a reason to be laughed at, due to a lack of experience?
Age is just a fact. And I don’t consider myself a photographer, you need to grow up for that.

How did you start and what is your ‘diva’?
I admired photography since childhood. Started to take pictures more often last year after receiving a DSLR lens. It was friends and other people in Lithuania.

What does photography mean to you?
It’s a big part of my free time now. Without camera I feel like without hands.

How about throwing some stones into the garden of more established Lithuanian photographers?
I am trying to learn from them, not criticize them.

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What do you think of the mammoth amount of photographers in social media, introducing their photos in a similar label ‘Name Surname Photography’? Does having a good camera make you a good photographer and Photoshop takes you to a professional level?
Only the strongest survive.

Where do you get an inspiration and ideas for your photo shoots from?
Usually it is the relationship with a person, environment, and music.

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I still remember that big camera in comparison to her fragile teenage body. Or maybe my memories romanticize it a bit, nonetheless I was glad to come across her talents.

TEEN CLUB:bullshit, nudity and photography with STONEFOX

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Prologue:

Before falling asleep I see things. Weird concepts of unknown use and images untouched by metaphysical links. I await for the minute when I will wake up breathing frequently and wipe the drop of sweat from my forehead. Oh, how I wish it was only a nightmare – I start my quiet monologue. Please…I look up while imitating the Christian tradition of asking favours.

Translation: 
Before falling asleep I don’t really sleep, instead I am observing items on my computer screen (one old piece of crap!). The weird concepts and images are truly the commercial-bullshit-photography. Because deep in my heart I am an emotional being, hence I sincerely wish to congratulate everybody with their pieces of production a.k.a bullshit photography. With a chair. In their face. Sorry, don’t you dare to draw on me some immoral Hitler’s mustache, but this is the truth. Mine at least.
However, there are a few gods who respond to my prayers and I am forgiven this time. This time Jurga (Stonefox) is just being Jurga and I simply saw her photos and heard her thoughts.

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B: Tell me about yourself. Where are you from and what is your revolution theory? 

J: I don’t like to talk about myself and don’t know how to so that’s the hardest question for me. I am Jurrga, I live in a city with a port. I don’t want to share my revolution theories as I don’t think that neither me or the world is ready for that.

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When did you find yourself interested in photography?

My interest started when I was maybe eight years old. My parents grew tired of my conflicts with my sister due to me taking her camera got me a camera of my own. It was funny one – small and tiny, brick shaped and made photos worse than most smart phones nowadays. 

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What made you/inspired to do this?

I always viewed photography as a way to concentrate my thoughts, express myself and escape. Since getting my first camera I had moments when I wouldn’t let it go and I was making pictures of everything and sometimes there’s prolonged moments when I did not take any photos at all, but I always returned to photography. 

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Why photography is important to you? 

With a camera in my hands I stand strong. But regarding the future I wouldn’t want to limit myself solely to it, I would like to experiment and do various things.

Do you think you need to be talented to take a good picture?

A talented person will produce a good picure faster, a little less gifted one will take much longer. And overall, the concept of ‘good picture’ is interesting to me as there are so many interpretations. Sometimes you need to follow the rules with a textbook composition and sometimes you want to experiment a little. Good eye has never made any harm to any photographer, but not everyone needs a talent to take pictures for commercials.

Is the price of a camera parallel to the quality of the picture?

You can make both good and bad pictures with cheap cameras, just as it was with the expensive ones. There are impressive pictures taken with simple film cameras and there are boring pictures made with expensive gear. But you can come talk again about the people with talent and no talent here again.

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What is the trait of your photos, how are you different from other photographers?

I don’t like categories and I leave it to the ones who like it. I noticed that I usually do black and white pictures, and if I use colors they are dark.

Do those dark colors have any links with your perception of the world? Maybe your personal undergoing affects the pictures? 

I’ve always prioritized black and white photography and it is only recently that I started to play with colors. In everyday situations I noticed that my eye catches the dirty bits rather than nice and polished ones. And my observations obviously affect my creations. 

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‘Name Surname Photography’ movement. Punished or approved? 

You should punish those who cannot critically see themselves and offer more crap to the degraded society. I support people who create art and through this ‘…. Photography’ I saw some really talented people who just would stop making fool of themselves.

Where do you look for inspiration?

I could not give a cheesier answer, but I am inspired by absolutely everything. My own and other people’s lives, every day situations, its analysis, relationships between shape and colour, journeys, and most of all I like taking pictures of people. 

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Biggest competitors?

I have no reason to fight other photographers now, we don’t fight for orders. It is the hobby that unites us and when the two meet they always find something to discuss.

You are young, just 17, but your photos are impressive. Most of the girls of your age who posses a talent have no way to show it. Do you you think you are mature enough to represent your work?

Thanks. There are pictures that I know that I wanted to say some specific message with. They are important for me. Some are very deep and meaningful and I interpret them in my own meaning. I always motivate others to see something of their own so I hesitate about naming them. I want to give people an empty sheet and let him draw what he sees there. 

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You made an impression that interpretation, both in public and private, is an important phenomenon. Obviously you’re not sleeping in Procrustean bed, but don’t you think that giving freedom is not taking responsibility by leaving it all to the public to decide on the meaning? 

I am not going to prentend to be better than I am and I will tell that I am not the most responsible person in the wprld. But the freedom of thoughts is something that I offer to the public is not a bda thing, I point at the photos that I wantd to say something, and which ones are the reflections of my everyday life. Some are just to have a look at. But I think that this would ruin the attraction for the public. But if everything would be said beforehand I become the one observing the viewer waiting to analyse his reaction. Now the reaction is unaffected by my personal opinion.

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What is the meaning of your nickname (STONEFOX) ?

Regarding the nickname, I would not want to carry the tag ‘Jurrga Ram pho-to-graphy’ and thought that my life always has a motif of foxes. Sometimes they are real, drawn or made up.