Freeze Frame

My husband; Shawn Ferjanec, is a photographer who specializes in editorial pieces with an edge. His images invoke a classic and retro feel. Here’s a quick snapshot of the man behind the photos…

What other photographers/artists inspire you?

I love the work of the classic fashion photographers especially Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts and Slim Aarons. I’m also a big fan of the great classic rock photographers from the 70’s and 80’s such as Mick Rock, Jim Marshall, Ross Halfin and Neil Zlozower.

How do you come up with your ideas?

Having grown up in the 70’s and 80’s,  I love everything retro from that time period. The album artwork, the posters, the film advertising, the clothing, the style…everything.

In 1986 I moved to LA playing in a heavy metal band. It was life at full speed…all of the time. The 80’s were all about having a good time and partying. Way before I had to “grow up” and get a real job. A lot of my ideas are sparked from certain things that either happened to me or from one of the music videos I saw during the endless hours of watching MTV.

For me, photography isn’t so much about capturing a moment….it’s more about interpreting reality.

How would you describe your style?

I would say that my style leans more toward editorial since I shoot with the intention of telling a story. I want the viewer to ask themselves ‘what’s going on in this photo?”…in a good way. Helmut Newton was the master at this. He had this incredible talent to make the viewer really study his work.

Like Helmut, I have a tendency to go to the dark side. I like my photos to portray women in a strong dominate role with them never being an object. More than often, I’ll portray them in total control over the man and sometimes even killing him.

Where do you see your work being displayed?

Being a musician myself and having grown up admiring album artwork, I love seeing my work featured on the covers of albums and singles. I feel my work is also great fit for a cool hip hotel, in galleries and being displayed in people’s homes. I’ve shot a lot for magazines as well and like the concept of having my work tell a story over several images.

I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. – Elliott Erwitt

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