Just recently, we had the chance to share a conversation with Kevin Brent Sanderson, an established fashion photographer in the Philippines who is now making a mark in Bahrain. Kevin is known for his unconventional yet classy fashion portraiture.
In this interview, we talked about the roots of his bold, intriguing photographic vision as well as an exciting project he’s about to launch.
Can you tell us about yourself and how you got started in photography?
Hi! I’m Kevin Brent, a Filipino photographer now based in Bahrain. I fell in love with photography during one of my classes back in college; I instantly had a gut feeling that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I then transferred courses and enrolled in an art school that taught photography.
Among all the genres, fashion was what interested me the most so I dove into the school’s library and buried myself in all the boos about it I can find.
How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it?
Honest, gritty, and classy. These are the most used words when people describe my photos.
What are the biggest challenges of working in Bahrain?
Understanding the culture is definitely the first hurdle I had to overcome. Getting know the market and how it worked was vital in knowing how to approach clients and people in general.
What is your creative process like, do you have any notable routines?
When I shoot for myself on my own time, I try to create a comfortable atmosphere for me and the model.
Music is also an important tool as well; I have different playlists for different moods and scenarios I want to achieve. When it comes to clients, I put time in doing a great deal of research on them and the look they’re trying to achieve.
Of all the images you’ve made so far in your career, which one is your favorite and why?
This is a hard question! I honestly can’t decide on a favorite photo of all time so I’ll choose a photo that meant a lot to me lately. This photo was from a shoot for one of my first clients here in Bahrain.
What advice do you have for the next generation of photographers?
Research and practice! Strong foundations come a long way. Hone your craft and look for as much constructive criticism as possible. Find a community that can build you up and also learn from.
Any exciting projects that you would like to share?
I and my partners, Joan and Yohan launched a studio called “1910 Studios” in Gardens Plaza, Jannusan. We’re having our official opening on the 19th of October. It’s been an exciting process and we’re happy to finally have the ribbon cut on our business.
Explore more of Kevin’s work here: