Oliver Kish is a photographer from Venice, CA. Having grown up a native Californian, he captures youth and culture in a way that shows the inherent energy of a modern but nostalgic Californian landscape. A long time friend to Creative Director Michael Abe, he's been an ongoing inspiration and reference for TheEternal. For the FW13 collection, we collaborated with Oliver and reinterpreted some of his images into our digital prints. The mood of his photos mixed with his understanding of Californian youth culture married well with the vision for the upcoming collection.
Creative Director Michael Abe recently sat down with Oliver for a little Q&A:
MA: What started it all?
Oliver: I really didn't start shooting seriously until I was 21. It all started with a disposable camera I took to sleep away camp on Catalina when I was 11. Design came later, I always had an affinity towards clothes and putting myself together and speaking through what I was wearing, as all who appreciate design do. It's funny because I don't love fashion, in fact I kinda despise the fashion world (in its traditional incarnation). I just love good design and that permeates all of my interests especially clothing.
MA: Your favorite things to shoot?
Oliver: Women, color fades, roadtripin, the street.
MA: Go-to camera?
Oliver: Contax G2
MA: 5 things in your go bag?
Oliver: Film, Contax T3, notepad, vitamins, moscot sunnies.
MA: What’s so inspiring about youth culture?
Oliver: Honestly this could sound so contrived and maybe this point is beat to death but I love how youth today have instant, thorough, and documented access to current culture and culture of the past. They can just tap in and learn about music, fashion, art, slang, from our youth and mix it with their take on it. I love that lines are becoming less blurred. When I was coming up I never followed convention but I could see others being into one genre of music and dressing accordingly. Now kids are all over the place and open to so much. I love it.
MA: Favorite memory?
Oliver: Oh man this is a really hard one. Could I just say one of my favorite memories? If so, driving up the Costa Brava in Catalunya from Barcelona with 2 of my dear friends taking photos along the way, meeting beautiful people, eating amazing food, and camping on the beach.
MA: Life’s mantra?
Oliver: Slow down.