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Photographer of the Week: Eros Goze

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By Maan D’Asis Pamaran

While some people like to stay away from drama, Eros Goze gravitates toward it. A white background serves as a blank canvas for his chiaroscuro style of photography, one that has earned for him the unofficial title of “the Filipino Paolo Roversi” by Dubai-based Illustrado magazine, which noted his “dramatic, edgy style and visual flair.”

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    It was a foray into fashion that led to a love for photography. “I was inclined toward fashion design when I was in high school. When my father—a photographer himself—gifted me with a Pentax film camera, I used it to photograph the outfits I created, using my friends as models. Afterwards, I took basic photography workshops and from thereon ventured into more diverse subjects but always with a touch of fashion,” he shares.

    Eros describes feeling a sense of fulfillment from his photography. “It is the recording of daily life that transcends into film; it gives a sense of fulfillment that you bring out into pictures, your self-expression and your views using your naked eye as you share it to the world.”

    He started with film and remembers the thrill of watching his work develop within the confines of the darkroom. “That is one of the reasons why I love my black-and-white images. That feeling of finding a fabulous shot from among all the other photos that you processed from your film stock was priceless.” Now, of course, he has kept up with the times and learned to work with digital and to incorporate the basics of editing. “I have to grow with the times and keep up so I won’t be left out,” he smiles.

    As someone who has been tapped to do photography work for Vogue Italia’s online edition and has been named a Global Filipino artist for photography by Oshare Magazine and one of Illustrado’s outstanding lensmen in the Gulf for two years in a row, he has shared his experience and learnings through Canon Middle East workshops that were conducted in Kenya and Qatar, along with being a speaker for a Photo Congress held in Sharjah, UAE. Keeping the mood of his shots dramatic and dark as his signature style is well suited with his fashion photography work for local and regional haute couture and pret-a-porter fashion houses for magazine covers and as his clients.

    “My ultimate goal as a photographer is to have my own coffee-table book to fully express my creative freedom as a photographer and to stage more public photography exhibits,” he adds. “The best thing of being a portrait and fashion photographer is that you are the boss!” he jokes.  “The client may be the boss of his own company, but you call the shots literally and figuratively because it is your goal to make him or her look good in the photo.”

    He acknowledges that it is a big responsibility, too. “Being passionate about photography is essential to keep you from being boring. To help your work stand out, you have to think of yourself as an artist and find your own style. That is how to produce a photo that speaks to your audience.”

     

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