Whether it is photographing glossy fashion shoots, celebrity spreads or a musician strutting on stage, Geoff Moore provides the liveliness of celluloid in each frame. The Californian-based photographer and filmmaker offers a Los Angeles insight into all his work - subtly lit and suffused with energy. Which, of course, makes him the perfect choice for shooting the cover star, photographer Alex Prager, for WeSC’s fourth issue of their The Superlative Conspiracy Magazine themed ‘Life is good’. Dazed Digital spoke to Moore about his work as a photographer and a director and about the pressures of shooting another photographer.
I found it an awesome opportunity to take an artist who is so good at creating scenes and being able to put her in mine. We actually met up over a summer time smoothie in the neighborhood and rapped out about some ideas I had
Dazed Digital: As a director and a photographer, do you try to achieve the same effect in a static image as well as a moving picture?
Geoff Moore: I'd say there is definitely a common thread between my stills and motion work. They are two very different worlds as far as scale and execution, but the same eye is at work. I've always approached my motion work with a photographic sensibility, and in turn, try to bring a cinematic edge to my photography. My favorite films have always felt like still frames brought to life. Films like Malick's Badlands and Kurosawa's Dreams. Every scene could be frozen to the most amazing still frame.
DD: Considering Alex Prager is also a film-maker and photographer, how did you approach this project?
Geoff Moore: I found it an awesome opportunity to take an artist who is so good at creating scenes and being able to put her in mine. We actually met up over a summer time smoothie in the neighborhood and rapped out about some ideas I had. It was very relaxed, friends having a pow wow on some ideas for a story. As far as the shoot went, Alex was very trusting of how I shoot and was game to spend the day being on the other side of the camera. She's quite an iconic beauty with a very special presence, so she was a real pleasure to photograph.
DD: What would you like to convey through your work?
Geoff Moore: I think each shoot and subject tells its own story with its own meaning. Photography usually leans towards utter truth or escape. I tend to lean towards the beautiful escape.
DD: In the past you've worked on a lot of different projects for a lot of different publications - what aspects of image making do you like most and why?
Geoff Moore: It's the excitement that has drawn me in since my wee years. Whether it's a big art directed production, a celebrity or fashion shoot with all the glam, or just me walking around with my camera snapping pics, it's been a real love affair.