2MINUTES WITH: MIKEY ASANIN
Rising star Mikey Asanin is an NYC-based fashion photographer who has worked with top names in the industry and has been featured in Nylon, I-D, and Bullet Magazine.
July 12, 2017
What’s your work aesthetic?
M: Young, Queer, Pop, and Twisted.
What are you doing in New York City besides photographing?
M: Right now I only focus on photography and film. I’m a very goal oriented and determined person so It’s easier for me to concentrate on the certain things.
The dreams from your younger self and now...
M: When I was young and without the passion, I just wanted to be rich, do whatever I wanna do, and travel all around the world. But now I've grown up a lot, I'm on my own, and I am still learning things about myself. My biggest dream now is to be satisfied with my work and be accomplished one day. I hope to knock the new ceiling and still be happy about it. I still do want to do whatever I want and travel all around the world with the people I love - my family, and my friends. And never get mentally old.
What inspires you?
M: Mixture of colors. Postmodern art. Queer culture. Dance performance. Music. Human form.
If you could choose, who would you like to photograph the most, and why?
M: David Bowie and Grace Jones in their golden ages. They’re fearless iconic pioneers who majorly helped change our definitions of sexuality in the old days. Everybody knows their fashion senses were unquestionably terrific. And they did have great albums!
What's your favorite food?
M: All kind of unhealthy, oily, and cheesy foods.
If you were a food, what kind of food would you be?
M: Somtum Thai. Looks sweet but kick-ass.
The most stylish people, in your opinion?
M: I’ve been having a crush on Arca. He is a musician and the producer for artists like FKA Twigs, Björk, Kanye West, and Kelela. His style is feminine, fragile, sexy, and haunting along with his songs. He looks disturbingly gorgeous in a black skirt and over-the-knee leather boots.
Your favorite photographer...
M: I have two photographers in the past that I look up to. Guy Bourdin was so exceptional in the color usage and storytelling. His works are bizarre, sensual, and surreal. Same as Richard Avedon, his Versace vintage campaign he shot in a low-key studio was extraordinary and surprisingly dynamic. Both of them were truly innovative and revolutionary in their fields. They just gave me LIFE!
If you were a cartoon character, who or what would you be?
M: 40% Beavis and 60% Butthead LOL. They are really messed up, dumb, independent, and free spirited.
Favorite childhood memory?
M: I used to be so bad at physics when I was in a high school. I got so depressed but I didn’t want to give up. I did try to concentrate, kept repeating the same homework until I understood it, and finally gave it a knock down. I turned out to be one of the teacher’s favorites at the time. It was a proof that nothing people cannot do if they give it over 100%.
Your favorite work you have ever done?
M: It’s honestly hard to be satisfied with any of my works in a long time.
If you were to die tomorrow, what or who you do want to photograph? Why?
M: Selfie with everyone I love so we won’t be forgotten.
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