When did photography first become part of your life?
I first discovered photography while I was in university studying media and arts and I fell in love. Cinematography took over for a couple of years, though.
What drew you towards a career in photography?
When I first moved to London, I didn’t feel like I had a big film team like I was used to back in Mexico. I felt a need to keep telling stories in a more simple way, so I decided to focus in my photography mainly and put the films to one side.
Why fashion photography, and not a different area of photography?
When that moment came that I had to choose how I wanted to tell my stories, I had originally thought about filming documentaries. Advertising and fashion photography was the last option on my list, but life took me towards fashion with out forcing it. The cultural clash in London opened my mind and make appreciate the different styles in the city, as well as how many stories I could tell… and I loved it!
How has growing up in Mexico influenced your artwork? Do you think it has?
The main influence from Mexico that I think you can see in my work is the constant hope for good things to happen. Even if my work tends to be a bit dark, in many ways my characters are always dreamy and romantic. They’re always looking for something, a miracle, a way to change their life.
How did your work as a director of photography aid you photography career?
Mostly, it helped me to build an appreciate for the aesthetic of an image, and also the framing and lighting involved in imagery. My fashion photography is very influenced by the training I had as a cinematographer.
You moved to London in 2010. Why move across the globe?
The main reason that I left my life in Mexico for a new one in Europe, was that I felt there was a lack of opportunities in the area I wanted to work in. I needed to take my work to the next level, and I wanted to learn from the best people in the industry. It was a chance to see a new world.
How has London impacted your creative process?
The diverse culture, the styled, and people have given me a totally new perspective on the world. That has been one of my biggest inspirations, and I had to reinvent myself. It gave me a chance to be whatever I wanted to be without the fear of being judged.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
It always varies. Sometimes I see an amazing location and a story comes to mind straight away. Sometimes people in the street, books, paintings or movies I watch inspire me, but I give them a fashion twist!
Who are yours favourite photographers?
Tell us about this shoot; what’s the story behind it?
This story is called the moonlight dancers, and the story is about 2 girls missing each other living apart and knowing that the only thing they have in common is the night and the stars above them.
How do you go about selecting your models?
It always depends on the story. I call the agencies, and I ask them to send me the girls in person to see if they work for what I have in mind. Sometimes though, I do get a recommendation from a friend.
Do you always work with the same creative team?
Moving from place to place so often, I have the chance to work with all kinds of people. With each moment of travel, I meet more and more amazing artists who often become part of my creative team.
What’s next for you and your career?
I’m moving to Berlin next year! I want to keep learning, and meeting great artist to work with.
Where can our readers keep in touch with you, and your work?
My website is www.izackmorales.com or Instagram: @izackmr
Photographer Izack Morales www.izackmorales.com Instagram: @izackmr
Styling: Pol Moreno Instagram: @polmoreno
MakeUp Team Juanma Constantino Instagram: @Juanmacons Alana Melina Instagram: @Alanamelina
Hair Team: Colin Yeo Instagram: @colinyeohair Kim Garduno Instagram: @Kimgarduno
Set Designer: Andy Chapin Instagram: @whiskeebusiness
Models: Laissa @Wanted_Models Tess Richardson @Paragonmodelm