Ishay Botbol is a talented freelance
fashion photographer. He has traveled extensively
and has a wealth of education and knowledge under his belt. Ishay has worked on many high fashion magazines and has
a great gift for high fashion editorial work.
Exclusively Fashion Magazine:
Tell me a little about your journey as a fashion
photographer from when you began until now?
I studied for 5 years and graduated with a BFA
in Fashion Photography from the" Wizo” design academy in
Haifa Israel in 2005, straight after that I moved to Tel
Aviv and opened my own Studio, specializing in Fashion
and Commercial photography in the Israel fashion
industry. I worked for leading magazines and
advertising agencies as well as private clients, while
working and creating my own projects.
After 3 years of
working in my studio in Tel Aviv I moved to London and
since then have worked for the International magazines
and leading model agencies, private clients and PR
agencies. I have also been working on my new
personal projects which will be presented in an
exhibition when it is finalized.
How would you describe your
style as a photographer?
Every photograph I take is divided
into two stages: First I plan the concept; I know what
is the composition, the lighting, and the style I would
like to achieve. Then when working with a model I tend
to be free style and aim to get the best result for the
specific frame I am shooting.
It is important for
the person I am photographing to feel comfortable and
able to express themselves naturally in order to reflect
the right feeling.
EFM: What do you do in your spare
In my spare time I like
to travel and discover new places, I like to visit
museums and galleries in London and Europe. I like
to watch independent movies, I like to read books and in
every opportunity get some sun, which is always rare
What inspires you?
People, Movies, Music,
the street, nature, everything could be inspiring me.
Who is your favorite fashion
I can't say I have one favorite photographer, I get
inspiration from a few photographers: Helmut Newton,
Guy Bordin, Richard Avadon.
EFM: What is the best thing
you love about being a photographer?
To wake up every morning to a new fantasy.
I don’t think that it is
fair to compare photographers, as all have their own
style, but when I viewed
your work a little bit of Terry Richardson?
Just my opinion. How do you respond to that?
Thank you, That is a
compliment. I think the Terry Richardson side of my work
is the fact that I establish a good relationship on the
set with the person I am photographing and that is the
feeling people get when they look at my work. Oh, of
course, we also have similar glasses (he smiles.)
What advice can you give
to an inspiring photographer?
Be yourself and be passionate
about what you do.
EFM: What is the latest
project that you are working on?
working on several photo-shoots and projects at the
moment but my personal project which I hope to present
in an exhibition is called "Nature Nude" I am using the
naked nature to express and combine with the human nude,
it is a process and I am hoping I will come to an end
that I will be satisfied with.
Interview by Rochell “E” James