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Artist Spotlight: Gregory Prescott

Artist Spotlight: Gregory Prescott


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 Goues, and Francois 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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