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Frederick Heyman's Heyday

The Royal Academy in Antwerp is not just throwing out exciting designers but they're nurturing a new generation of photographers too.

The reputation for fashion graduates that push the limits from the Antwerp Academy is well know but this school has not only nurtured fashion designers but jewellers, artists and fashion photographers too. Dazed contributors Daniel Sannwald and Bruna Kazinoti are just a few of this new generation of Antwerp-trained photographers and Frederick Heyman is also one of them. Already working with Bruno Pieters, Christian Wijnants and Henrik Vibskov, Heyman is making the most of a profession that he accidentally fell into.

Dazed Digital: How you became interested in fashion photography?
Frederick Heyman: It's more of a thing I fell into. 
A few years ago I was working on a project of my own. This designer friend asked me to make him something similar, but in stead of the model figures, we integrated real models. 
It became more of a collage of my work and his designs.
 From this more assignments in fashion photography came about.

DD: You collaborate with a lot of the Antwerp designers - how did that come about?
Frederick Heyman: I believe it has again a lot to do with the size of a town like Antwerp. Lots of people are closely involved in events and inevitably meet. Works and ideas exchange more easily.

DD: Where do you seek for inspiration?

Frederick Heyman: I have this huge folder with unfinished ideas and concepts, sort of constructions and sets I still want to do. Next to this I have many vintage books you find in flea markets - for example tricks to do at home, 365 childgames for each day of the year and boyscout fun.
 These books inspire me a lot in how to analyse actions and compositions
 and also of course the inspiration of the designer or the theme of the shoot is a main point where I can build on to create a serie


DD: You are also a trained graphic designer, how do you combine it with the photography?

Frederick Heyman: It's more a cross over thing for me, I dont see it as or graphic design or photography
. These two media mix up smoothly as you work on an image, I believe the graphic background gives a different way of interpreting composition. The edges between various media nowadays for me are small.

DD: What are your plans for the future? 

Frederick Heyman: Keep on doing this and more of it, concrete futureplans are hard to make. This map with must do projects isn't finished yet and increases each day.

DD: Why do you think Antwerp is such a fashion town?
Frederick Heyman: It's legacy on fashion from the last 20 years and how international it is despite its size. 
Lots of things are developing on various fields, but I believe the main reason for it is fashion.

DD: What is your favorite designer?

Frederick Heyman: For the moment I intensely enjoy Vibskov's works, projects and actions.

DD: What makes you happy?
Frederick Heyman: When the puzzle pieces converge bit by bit