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Driely S. Breaks Into Editorial and Fashion Photography

Posted by on August 23, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Rather than arriving at a shoot with a pre-determined idea of how it will go, Brooklyn-based photographer Driely S. lets her subjects lead the way. “You kind of go with whatever your subject is giving,” she explains.

As a result, her portfolio—which features editorial fashion images and portraits of musicians such as Kanye West and Wayne Coyne—is a kaleidoscope of styles. Featuring images taken with digital, medium-format and Polaroid cameras, as well as tintypes and wet-plate collodion negatives (Driely is a firm believer of the mantra “the best camera is the one you have in your hand”), her work looks like a thoughtful Instagram feed, a slice of life both spontaneous and curated in nature.

Born in Rio de Janeiro to parents who owned a film store, Driely moved to New York City in 2010. And although she has no formal training in photography, she has been capturing images her whole life. Her innate talent—and her willingness to go wherever an assignment takes her—has landed her commissions from publications such as GQ, Rolling Stone and Vogue. Her creative vision has also earned the respect of rapper Kanye West, who hired her to shoot backstage during the Yeezy fashion show—and posed for a tintype portrait at her request.

When asked what sets her images apart from other young photographers trying to break into the photography industry, Driely is honest: “I don’t know. I’m not sure if I have the answer for that yet. You spend your whole life asking that question. You just gotta keep on shooting.”

–Brienne Walsh

Photos © Driely S.









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