We had the good fortune of connecting with Clay Fields and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Clay, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
It’s funny, it actually all started with my ex. She’s a photographer and she use to ask me all the time on what I thought about her work. And I didn’t have the heart to tell her the truth, but instead I thought I could do it better. After we broke up, I bought a film camera off eBay and haven’t looked back since haha.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What I feel sets me apart is the candidness in my photos. My photography often feels like friends getting together at someones crib and just blowing off some steam. Don’t get me wrong though, I put in a lot of work preparing for my photoshoots, but keep it light for improvisation. I got to where I am by taking risks. I put it all on the line two years ago by moving cross country from Chicago to L.A. I’m not gonna say that it was hard, but it wasn’t easy either. But I’ve learned over time to just take it one day as I go along and to fake it till you make it, being that that’s the vibe in Los Angeles.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m probably not the best host, but I would probably take them to the Santa Monica Mountains for hiking, clean up and get drinks at the Bungalow, and either get dinner at my ‘My 2 Cents’ or Philippe’s. I recommend if you’re visiting to go thrifting. Thrifting here is unlike any place I’ve ever been to, Los Angeles is a fashion capital. There are so many steals and deals at places like the Melrose Trading Post, Silverlake Flea Market, and sometimes Fashion District just to name a few. Too keep it short, there’s literally SO much to do in Los Angeles, it’s all about what interests you.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Yea I’d like to give a shoutout to Ryan McGinley and his book ‘Mirror, Mirror’. It’s definitely helped me out a lot with my work over the past year. His work in this book is so candid and raw and it’s 100% of where I am leading towards with my own work. In short, he basically gives a lot of his friends and their friends cameras, film, and mirrors to shoot in their NYC apartments nude. So cool, definitely worth checking out. And also shoutouts to my real friends who’ve been mad supportive over the years; Marleena Broekema, Logan Black, Salem Newberry, Tyler Jackson, Lane Meredith, Dami Akande, and Okoye Miller. I love y’all to death.
Salem Newberry @bakedbug Josi Fine @jos.fine Kassie White @kassiewhiteartistry Sasha Kiyoka @sashakiyoka