Teenage photographer Sterling Chandler Behind the Scenes for Gucci and Dazed film

by Sophie Owens 13 days ago in interview

Photographer Sterling Chandler gives us a behind the scenes insight into a shoot with Gucci and Dazed

Teenage photographer Sterling Chandler Behind the Scenes for Gucci and Dazed film
Photo Credit: Sterling Chandler, right

Sterling Chandler, the teenage music and fashion photographer took to Instagram last Saturday sharing incredible behind the scenes images from a recent mini film series for Dazed Magazine and Gucci. Sterling was the Behind the Scenes photographer in addition to Assistant Director.

The video named Knotted Gold was directed by Tom Dream and Arlo Parks. Absolute Beginners, a short film series which sees nine creative talent do something they've never done before: get in the director's seat. Arlo Parks' knotted gold pays tribute to the work of seminal photographers Nan Goldin and Ren Hang, and is indebted to the style of legendary filmmaker Wes Anderson. But the poet and musician leaves her mark all over it, with an intimate narration creating a stillness and serenity on the shores of England.

Arlo Parks’ knotted gold pays tribute to the work of seminal photographers Nan Goldin and Ren Hang, and is indebted to the style of legendary filmmaker Wes Anderson. But the poet and musician leaves her mark all over it, with an intimate narration creating a stillness and serenity on the shores of England.

Sterling Chandler is a teenage photographer from London, UK. At the young age of 16 he has already worked with major artists and record labels from Ska legends The Specials to upcoming artist Che Lingo and from independent labels PIAS to one of the largest music companies Universal Music. Sterling is also an ambassador for People Dem Collective.

People Dem Collective is a community organisation based in Margate, which was behind the organisation of two Black Lives Matter demonstrations Kent, England this Summer. The group promotes and campaigns for racial equality. The group says its aim is to facilitate systemic change, promote healing and continue the work of ancestors with the creation of space, engagement and inclusion for Black, Brown and Diaspora communities especially in the media world.

How did you get involved with the project?

"Director Tom Dream and People Dem Collective had seen some of my fashion and music photography, in particular of The Specials and approached me to be the photographer for their 'Black Dreams Matter' project in collaboration with musician Che Lingo earlier in the summer. It was exciting to be asked to be involved and the resulting film and photos were projected onto the side of Arlington House in Margate during gale force winds one night for the Margate NOW activation! It all went really well and they got in touch again just recently to ask if I would like to be involved in another project, this time with artist Arlo Parks for a short film series for Dazed and Gucci."

What was it like being on the shoot?

"This year has been hard as so much of it has been in isolation, so it was great to be able to play a small part in a team again and experience the energy you get working with others. Being a behind the scenes photographer on this shoot for Dazed and Gucci involved getting complete access to document everything which was just fantastic. I was peering in and capturing shots you'd normally miss. Being asked to be the Assistant Director to Tom Dream gave me a new experience and the opportunity to see everything from another perspective, which was just incredible."

How did you get into photography?

"I started off experimenting taking photos with an old iPhone I was given, and my mum and dad encouraged me to pursue it after seeing some things I'd done, and it just grew from there. Then a few years ago family friend photographer Lawrence Watson saw some of my pictures and was very encouraging and since then I continued exploring it, investing time and energy. I saved up and bought my first camera last year."

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Sophie Owens

Founder & Creative Director at FadeHigh. Journalist & Presenter. Previously worked at Huffington Post & Wired (UK)

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