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Ryan Barhaug – Photographer

Ryan Barhaug is a photographer living in Chicago, IL. He attended Columbia College with a major in Cinema Arts & Science and a minor in Photography. Raised in Naperville, IL and moved to Chicago his sophomore year of college. His work has appeared in magazines such as Client magazine, Fucking Young, Yearbook, Rain and many others. His work is youthful, fresh and beautiful.

What or who is inspiring you right now?

I am inspired by creating a new standard of beauty in Chicago, It’s a very dry / boring place for fashion photography. Everything is very commercial and plain. I want to introduce new ideas to people, challenging masculinity. Hopefully I can make an impact here while I grow in this profession before I move on to somewhere new.

Describe your creative process

My creative process starts with me and my stylist choosing a model, then coming up with a concept for that model. I then, go online and pull images that inspire me. Some images are for concept, some are for poses that I like, and others are for the stylist to use to understand what looks im going for. I could spend hours writing down what exact poses and moods I want to create but when the shoot is happening in front of me all of that goes out the window and I just use whatever is in front of me to create with what I am feeling.

What do you want to say with your work?

What I would want to say with my work is that being yourself is a lot more valuable than conforming to an idea that’s been placed on you by others. How you are taught to be isn’t how you should be. Through photography I communicate through the models and the fashion ways that I am feeling inside. It’s a way for me to physically manifest my thoughts, ideas, energies, etc.

Who has been the most inspirational person for you?

I am inspired by everything around me, not just people but the way the sun hits glass and reflects on another object. Moments in time that are very brief. I will be on the train looking out the window and constantly imagining taking a photograph of a person in a certain outfit posed in a way that would compliment the space. As far as other photographers that inspire me I would have to say Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Petra Collins & Tim Walker.

What’s your favourite film?

Gone Girl, Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Palo Alto, Goodnight Mommy, American Beauty, I have hundreds these are all that’s coming to mind.

What makes you nervous?

Teenagers lol

Do you dream?

I daydream constantly. My favorite thing to do is stare out the window and listen to music, thinking of ideas and what to do next

If you were a perfume what would you smell like?

Bleu Chanel

What’s on your playlist right now?

Ryan Beatty, Maggie Rogers, Mallrat, Aurora, Charli XCX, Kim Petras, Allie X

See more of Ryan’s work on his instagram & his website



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