The latest in our series of creative profiles focusses on photographer Vincent Farone.
We talk sincerity, Willow Smith and bringing ‘weird’ back.
Photography by Vincent Farone
Interview by Emily Beard
Hi Vincent! Tell us a little about yourself for those who are unfamiliar?
Hello! I’m an 18 year old who grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. I’ve been taking photos since middle school and setting creative goals for myself since then. My mind is artistically wired and sometimes that makes me a madman, but I would not have it any other way. I have a smoothie every day of my life.
Who or what inspires you?
I draw a lot of inspiration from simple things through out my day. I can see a tattered piece of floral fabric and an idea will spring up. I love to take simple ideas or objects and twist them in my mind until they are a new world. As far as people that inspire me, Alexander McQueen’s legacy in fashion will always speak to me deeply, as well as his mindset. His dark and moving concepts tend to fuel me. I try not to get too inspired by other photographers because I like my ideas to be birthed from my mind and mine only.
What are your favourite words?
Cloud, pillow, and blanket
Your photography comes across and very sincere and intimate. Is that the intention or does it naturally occur?
I never force a feeling too much. I usually just roll with whatever is going on in the photo and tweak little aspects of the model’s position/expression or the composition. I like to edit my photos rather contrasty and darker, so the audience can feel a certain mood. You can have a photo with amazing aesthetic, but that doesn’t make it strong. My main focus is to capture powerful moments that move the viewer. I prefer not taking photos that just “look nice.”
What is your favourite image that you’ve taken?
The one of me holding the dog paw. I know it isn’t the greatest from an outsider’s point of view, but it speaks to me very much. It was taken at a very sweet time in the summer evening, and dogs are my favourite animals. To me it shows the strong relationship between dog and human.
We hear Willow Smith is following your work! How did it make you feel to see she was a fan, and to have such a following online?
Yes. I support her creative ideas and outlooks, so it’s great to see that she follows the account. The Smith children have important minds. And as far as my following, it’s a great thing to have an audience. It gives me motivation to keep going and shows me how much some people love artwork. It’s important to me to see that teenagers enjoy viewing and connecting with art.
If you had to describe you work to someone who couldn’t see it, what would you say?
I’d say my photos harvest emotions of people and spit them at the viewers to try and make their heart shift. I strive to have a style that is deep, laced with power, and emotional.
What 3 things make you happy?
I could just name one and that would be the sky. But other than that, the city makes me feel like no other, and dogs never fail to make me smile.
You’ve achieved such a distinct style and you’re only 18! Where do you see your style evolving in future?
First off, thank you very much. I cannot wait to photograph more models and unique faces. I see myself getting stronger and more unique with fashion style shots. My goal is to bring back unique photos to the fashion industry. Everything these days is the same over-clarified photoshopped nonsense. I want to bring weird back into the game.
If you could have anyone create an image of you (photography or otherwise), who would you pick?
My good friend Isabella Newman. I know how far she’ll get and I would always want to look back upon a photo of myself taken by her in our early years.
And finally, what advice do you live by?
“Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.” -From Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.