Artist Spotlight: Gregory Prescott

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com April 23 2011 4:00 AM ET

Gregory Prescott was born in Los Angeles, raised in Houston, and now he
is back in Los Angeles. He is a self-taught photographer focusing mostly
on portraiture and nudes, and his goal is to explore the more sensual
and sculptural aspects of the human form without crossing the line into
blatant sexuality. His mission is to diversify the cultural spectrum in
fine art photography, with classic and timeless pieces. Gregory's
photographs aim to embrace both the inner and outer beauty of men and
women. Says Prescott: God is the true artist. I am the channel.



The Advocate: Why are you a photographer?
Gregory Prescott:
I have always been a very visual and artistic person. I don't read
books but have a large selection of coffee-table books. I enjoy looking
at beautiful images. I used to draw a lot when I was younger, but I
have been fascinated with photography for quite some time. Herb Ritts
work was my biggest influence in becoming a photographer. I was in love
with his work. Once I saw his work, I dropped the drawing pencils and
picked up a camera.

What catches your eye?
Beautiful and unique people catch my eye.

Tell us about your process or techniques.

I
have to admit that I am probably one of the least technical
photographers out there. Technique and knowledge of your equipment is
always great, of course, but I see so many photographers who are so into
the technique yet they have no style and their images are boring, even
though they are shot well. I am more of a natural-light photographer,
and I like raw, natural-looking images. I'm not a big Photoshopper. I
don't like the fake, glossy look. I like people to look like people and
capture them in their true essence.

How do you choose your subjects?
The
majority of my models contact me. I really don't reach out to too many
models, because I want the model to be comfortable shooting my style of
work and want to do it and be proud of their images. I like models
with a unique look or something that is different about them. My taste
in models is a pretty wide range. I love showing diversity. I feel the
art world could have more diversity.

How do you describe your work?

I
would describe my work as raw and classic. My images still have that
old-school feel, I believe, but I try to create images that can be hung
over a fireplace — images that show people in their raw beauty.
Ideally, I hope that my work is seen as timeless.

What makes a good photograph to you?
Great
composition, lines, angles, and beautiful lighting. A feel of emotion,
the subject matter, and a desire to relate to the model — all that makes
a good photo for me.

What artists do you take inspiration from and why?
I'm
inspired by so many photographers — of course, Herb Ritts. My biggest
current inspirations are Andreas Bitesnich, Thierry Le Gouès, and
François Rousseau — all European photographers. Their images are simply
beautiful and classic; not a lot of bells and whistles, but you truly
appreciate the beauty of men and women when looking at their work.
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