Dexter Navy

Dexter Navy

Photographer

How did you get into photography in the first place?
I started a tumblr to post bts images from my videos and then i-D magazine reached out to me a little over 3 weeks after having one and that really propelled me into photography as they sent me on professional shoots and slowly i went from shooting bts to being the photographer!
Why a progression to filmmaking ?
Film-making was always the dream, I went into photography only because of i-D magazine and a year or two after focusing on photography I went back into film!
Would you say you’re a fashion photographer as well ?
Yes because most of the people I’ve shot love fashion!
Does your work evolved since you’ve begun ? where do you want to go ?
I’ve definitely seen a progression in my work, I’ve always been risky and tried unconventional ideas, I’d like to direct quite a few features films but never in the same country if possible!
What do you want to pass on ? What do you want to build on?
I’d like to pass on the knowledge that you can achieve anything with hard work and dedication to your craft, because I live for film!
What do you like about being on set?
I’m surrounded by creative people and i never live the same day!
How often do you get upset while shooting?
I don’t really get upset, there isn’t time usually!
"Nothing changed for me artistically as i’ve always aimed to make videos that intrigued people, but I guess the main lesson I learned is that one great video can change your career." [Dexter Navy]
Would you consider yourself « street » ?
I would consider a part of me street because most of my inspiration comes from the street, as street photograph is where I began!
What change after the A$AP Rocky video? artistically and in your carrer?
Nothing changed for me artistically as i’ve always aimed to make videos that intrigued people, but I guess the main lesson I learned is that one great video can change your career and I’d always had this mentality as I once assisted Gareth Edwards on his first film Monsters which was an amazing independent film and then saw him go onto do Godzilla so I finally got a taste of that concept as I feel like certain doors opened!
Why do you love Paris so much ?
I love the culture, the food and honest people!
How did you get to your style : psychedelic and raw?
I guess from all the movies I watch and books I read and photography I look at!
Your idols ?
Jean Paul Goude, Spike Jonze, Ridley Scott and Sergei Urusevsky.
How do you work ? Do you think the pictures before ? Or it’s pretty instinctive ?
A mixture of both depending on the project!
Was there a point in your career where you realized, now I can play “hard to get”?
I’ve never played hard to get, I’ve only ever worked on project I like, I’ve always been ultra specific with my vision!
Being a photographer, can we survive without being commecial ?
I’ve brought my style to a commercial work, I mean Rocky’s album cover is commercial yet it’s gritty and raw but “commecial”!
What’s next ?
I’m currently writing my film feature film, planning to shoot it in 2017.
From issue #3 By Aurore Hennion

Dexter Navy

Photographer

How did you get into photography in the first place?
I started a tumblr to post bts images from my videos and then i-D magazine reached out to me a little over 3 weeks after having one and that really propelled me into photography as they sent me on professional shoots and slowly i went from shooting bts to being the photographer!
Why a progression to filmmaking ?
Film-making was always the dream, I went into photography only because of i-D magazine and a year or two after focusing on photography I went back into film!
Would you say you’re a fashion photographer as well ?
Yes because most of the people I’ve shot love fashion!
Does your work evolved since you’ve begun ? where do you want to go ?
I’ve definitely seen a progression in my work, I’ve always been risky and tried unconventional ideas, I’d like to direct quite a few features films but never in the same country if possible!
What do you want to pass on ? What do you want to build on?
I’d like to pass on the knowledge that you can achieve anything with hard work and dedication to your craft, because I live for film!
What do you like about being on set?
I’m surrounded by creative people and i never live the same day!
How often do you get upset while shooting?
I don’t really get upset, there isn’t time usually!
"Nothing changed for me artistically as i’ve always aimed to make videos that intrigued people, but I guess the main lesson I learned is that one great video can change your career." [Dexter Navy]
Would you consider yourself « street » ?
I would consider a part of me street because most of my inspiration comes from the street, as street photograph is where I began!
What change after the A$AP Rocky video? artistically and in your carrer?
Nothing changed for me artistically as i’ve always aimed to make videos that intrigued people, but I guess the main lesson I learned is that one great video can change your career and I’d always had this mentality as I once assisted Gareth Edwards on his first film Monsters which was an amazing independent film and then saw him go onto do Godzilla so I finally got a taste of that concept as I feel like certain doors opened!
Why do you love Paris so much ?
I love the culture, the food and honest people!
How did you get to your style : psychedelic and raw?
I guess from all the movies I watch and books I read and photography I look at!
Your idols ?
Jean Paul Goude, Spike Jonze, Ridley Scott and Sergei Urusevsky.
How do you work ? Do you think the pictures before ? Or it’s pretty instinctive ?
A mixture of both depending on the project!
Was there a point in your career where you realized, now I can play “hard to get”?
I’ve never played hard to get, I’ve only ever worked on project I like, I’ve always been ultra specific with my vision!
Being a photographer, can we survive without being commecial ?
I’ve brought my style to a commercial work, I mean Rocky’s album cover is commercial yet it’s gritty and raw but “commecial”!
What’s next ?
I’m currently writing my film feature film, planning to shoot it in 2017.
From issue #3 By Aurore Hennion