New York based social reportage photographer Miles Ladin is known for his graphic images of the New York fashion and party scene. Despite his busy schedule he managed to fit in some time between events to take a look at the Hungry Eye Quiz and comes up with a serious of informed answers. Over to you Milesâ€¦
How would you describe yourself?
Iâ€™m a photographic artist engaged in a visual mode of social criticism and I am currently making pictures that comment on what I perceive as the ‘New American Dream’.
What are you currently working on?
Iâ€™m currently editing a series of pictures taken at upscale hotel swimming pools in Miami and Los Angeles and am planning a book and exhibition.
What are you looking at for inspiration?
The work of comic book creator Robert Crumb, an important American artist with a decidedly anti-establishment point of view.
What four words describe your work most accurately?
Sardonic, film-noir, allegory, and farce
How do you want people to feel when they see your work?
I want the viewer to see something unexpected that reveals a truth about themselves as well as the subject. I am attempting to hold a mirror up to reality and expose mankindâ€™s foibles and follies. Although humor permeates my vision, I hope that in my own small way, I can to spark greater social as well as self-awareness through my pictures.
Whatâ€™s the best piece of advice you have been given?
The painter Barkley Hendricks used to say to me and his other students â€œYou are too good not to be betterâ€. Rather than flattery, this phrase was meant to push the young artists to go beyond their natural abilities, talents and comfort zone.
More shooting and trying to capture the current pulse of our time including the aspirations to consume and to be elsewhere. Iâ€™m also planning on shooting outside of New York City including trips to Los Angeles and Germany.