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This week, our Member Crush is none other than Weatherfield—a director, photographer, videographer, and model. Born in Detroit but now based in Atlanta, Weatherfield’s work focuses on surrealism and Afrofuturism, often featuring colorful, vintage undertones. We talked to them about finding inspiration in Grace Jones, working on music video sets, and transitioning into sci-fi.
Adolescent Content: Who or what would you cite as the inspirations behind your work?
Weatherfield: If we’re talking about who, I would say the infamous and incomparable Grace Jones and her photographer Jean-Paul Goude. Those two have had an enormous influence on my aesthetic and style of directing. If we’re talking about what, introspection is a super huge inspiration to me and how I go about projects. Getting introspective and then being able to anthropomorphize my thoughts and emotions allows me to create really surreal images.
Adolescent: What’s your favorite project you’ve ever worked on?
Weatherfield: My favorite project thus far would be the Syleena Johnson music video for “Woman.” I acted as stand in, set photographer, DA, and production assistant. This was one of the biggest film productions I’ve worked on, and the video was featured and premiered on TV One.
Adolescent: How does being based in Detroit and Atlanta impact the style of your photos?
Weatherfield: With Detroit and Atlanta both being metropolitans, it gives me a chance to create a lot of gritty, raw images. But also, because these areas are largely cityscapes, it challenges me in my photography and graphic design to create a world that reflects the Afrofuturistic, surreal perspective that is Weatherfield.
Adolescent: How do you go about selecting models for your shoots?
Weatherfield: I do a lot of IG casting. Normally, I already have an idea of what I want aesthetically—then I start narrowing it down from there.
Adolescent: What’s next for you?
Weatherfield: More consistency with my short films, and a feature film before the end of 2020. I’ve grown so much as a photographer and artist; now, I feel like it’s time to make the transition into film, focusing on Afrofuturism, surrealism, and sci-fi.