Today I spoke with Nigel Barker, photographer and America’s Next Top Model judge, about his photography exhibit, A Sealed Fate, photographs of baby harp seals who are still hunted in Canada. I was a bit nervous before we chatted but once we started talking, I was completely comfortable. He was really nice and passionate about photography. Here are some highlights from our talk:
- As a kid, Nigel marched in a protest in England against killing seals for their fur
- When photographing the baby seals, he said some of them came right up to him.
- He used the same equipment to photograph the seals as he does with fashion models.
- Before he opened his official studio in 1988, he used his New York studio apartment as a photography studio by day and his home at night. Every day, he would move his furniture around and cover it with a backdrop to make it look like a professional photography studio and at night, he would rearrange it live in it.
What was clear to me is how passionate he is about photography and using his celebrity status to make a difference. And that is refreshing to know.