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Capturing Club Kids and Drag Queens with Daniel Peace

InterviewsErika Belavy

Daniel Peace has quickly received acclaim as a new London-based photographer for his striking work and individual style. After his first shoot, “Maison des fous”, was published in Féroce magazine in March 2015, his subsequent work has been featured by Dazed magazine, Kaltblut, Autré, Young & Hungry, and more, having also made a return to Féroce with a cover-shoot.

His photography exhibits a strong fashion sense and takes conceptual influences from the likes of Andres Serrano, David LaChapelle amongst others. He has recently relocated to Berlin where he is shooting portraits of the city's nightlife and the people that make it what it is. These portraits will be published in a book due out in Taiwan, Tokyo and Hong Kong later in the year. We spoke with Daniel to learn more about his work and process.

What made you decide to become a photographer?

I’ve always had an interest in Photography, I actually only took it up early in 2015 after feeling I wasn’t doing enough creatively. My first real passion was music and that’s what I was pursuing when I first moved to London in 2011. I ended up working quite a bit in the industry and that ended up taking over my passion for producing. After doing that for a few years it started driving me mad to be honest so I decided to step back and set up to work for myself… which also ended up driving me mad which is why I decided one of that was really for me, and I just want to make things, visually… so I decided to get a hold of a camera, and dive in the deep end.

What inspires you?

Mostly people and personas, I think people are very interesting and complex. I like to take in a lot from people. I think that’s why I would always rather spend time listening to other people’s stories over telling my own. Other than that I’m always looking at what other people are shooting - established artists and people around me - I’m always flicking through magazines and so fourth. One of the main things that pushed me into being a photographer was the amount of shit, same work I kept seeing get regurgitated. I’m a huge fan of Andres Serrano as well as David LaChapelle, I think some of that comes across in the work I do.

What is your creative process?

It’s quite simple really; conceptualise, plan and execute… I’ve got 101 ideas for shoots I would like to do but there are so many underlying factors that just make it so much harder than it should be.

What do you want to accomplish with your work? How are you doing this?

I want to create images that excite people. I like the idea of crossing sexuality over with fun. I like my images to pop and be kind of bold, that could all well change in due time though as I’m just shooting what feels right to me now. I’d very much like to travel more with photography and shoot a series of images as apposed to individual ideas. I’m actually planning on staying in Hong Kong later in the year to shoot for some designers over there but will also be doing a few exhibitions with a new body of work that I will shoot while there.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Not necessarily a super power but I would just like more time. There’s so much I want to do, so many things I don’t even know I want to do yet! Life is way too short.

Discover Daniel's work here.