Ahead of his Orange Dot Gallery expo, the photographer discusses Notorious B.I.G, putting his images on T-shirts and how everyone is a friend of a friend
Is the six degrees of separation theory the key to making this world a better place? That's a question photographer/promotor/DJ and man about town Kevin Morosky is pondering with his new exhibition SIX at The Orange Dot Gallery. "The idea that we are so closely connected is one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard. I love the idea that we are all equal, we just have different lives", states Morosky. The Londoner is proving he is not just a deep thinker, since last being featured on Dazed Digital, Morosky has been on his grind DJing with his White Kids collective at his clubnight Bounty, launching a new live music night Yellow and honing his skills as a point and shoot photographer working on 35mm.
Immersed in the realm of documentary and reportage photography, Morosky has worked with an ever growing list of artists, from musicians such as Jack Penate, Ghostpoet, Marques Toliver and Jessie Wares, to sculptor Andrew Logan, playwright Polly Sternham, and actresses Mischa Barton, Billie Piper and Ashley Madekwe.
Dazed Digital: Tell us about the new exhibition and how it all came about?
Kevin Morosky: Well, I was rooting through all my images, just the stuff I had captured over the last two years or so, and started to look and think about all the people I know, and the people that they know. Naturally, I went on to think about my own personal six degrees, realising how beautiful the theory and the actual reality of it is.
DD: You cite Nan Golding and Terry Richardson as big influences-how would you describe your photography style?
Kevin Morosky: In the film 'Watchmen' there is a character called 'Rorschach,' his narration during the film immediately seemed familiar – the way he depicted the scenes in his journal, snap shots, vivid in colouring, straight to the point, almost like 'cut and paste prose' .. This is how I would describe my work, it has a 'Rorschach flow to it'
DD: I heard on the grapevine that you're a huge Notorious B.I.G fan-what's your fav rap song/line from him?
Kevin Morosky: Yes, he's a bigger influence on my photography more so then the aforementioned. Every line in every song of his is a snap shot to me, I knew I could never rap like that, but I knew that I could snap like that. My favourite song would have to be 'Me And My Bitch,' and my favourite line is "Mum crouched up over my casket, screaming bastard." How vivid is that? So simple and so straight to the point, which is why I try and stay lo-tech with equipment, preferring to shoot on disposables or my Yachica. He's my main influence
DD: Who would you like to photograph and why?
Kevin Morosky: Amy Winehouse, because I love the idea of shooting the biggest romantic that, in my opinion, the world has ever seen.
DD: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
Kevin Morosky: I recently went to go and watch my friend Ava Charles in a play. In the performance she was so good that I forgot I knew her and completely believed the character she was presenting on stage, she is completely dedicated to her art, invests in it, practices it. Lives it. These are the quality and people that inspire me..
DD: What future projects are you working on?
Kevin Morosky: Next up is a collaboration with G.R.I.N.D clothing, a capsule collection of my images on t-shirts alongside a limited number of posters, more Bounty parties and an exhibition in New York.
Six at The Orange Dot Gallery, 54 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9RG. 9th - 30th June. Tuesday – Friday / 11am – 5pm, Saturday – Appointment Only.