Today we’d like to introduce you to Deverill Weekes.
Deverill, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born in England to a working-class family in a place called Sidcup, which is eleven miles outside of London. I always feel such gratitude toward cameras. They got me out of poverty and ghetto living. I feel my life has been so much better than I could have ever imagined. I went to Westminster University where I received a BA honors in film and photography.
In my life, there have been so many gifts, foremost my wife, Juliet Landau, my one true love, my best friend, and collaborator. She is an amazing actress and director. We are currently working on a TV series called A PLACE AMONG THE UNDEAD. It is the definitive documentary on how artists use vampires as metaphors in their work. She played Drusilla on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and its spin-off series, ANGEL. So far we have interviewed Tim Burton, Joss Whedon, Gary Oldman, Anne Rice, Willem Dafoe, Ron Perlman, Robert Patrick and so many others. Below is the link to our Indiegogo campaign page, which features trailers etc. http://igg.me/at/theundead
My real passion as a photographer is talent. People who have exceptional gifts and abilities are what I crave to shoot more than anything else. When an actor like, Juliet, Gary Oldman, Johnny Depp, Al Pacino or Jerry Lewis steps in front of my lens, with all that passion, love, conflict, and drive, it makes me feel like I am a better photographer than I truly am. They seem to me like the rest of us, just turned up a notch or two. For me, it is one of the greatest feelings in the world to take those pictures. Truthfully, I find myself increasingly engaged in my work as each year passes. I think there are well over 400 images on my website, which span my 20 years of working in the field.
There are special people who have shaped and changed my life. I would have to single out my friend, Michael Key, the owner and creator of MAKE-UP ARTIST MAGAZINE, who has allowed me to be part of his amazing vision and dream for so many years. My debt to him is beyond words. I think I must have photographed nearly every great makeup artist over the last two decades.
I don’t think of myself as a natural photographer. It really was a job I had to learn and luck has been such a huge part of it. I am happiest in the studio, where I can control the light and the surroundings. I feel I can keep the focus where it needs to be and I am free to discover while shooting.
I believe life is about finding things out, trying to catch up with what the subconscious already knows. When I was a child I had a dream… I was taking Marilyn Monroe’s picture on top of a building in Miami. As I was shooting her portrait, she kept repeating, “It is all in the face… It is all in the face…” To me this is true.
Has it been a smooth road?
I am dyslexic and find myself continually frustrated in what I can’t read, everything from novels to camera manuals. My life feels like a continual work-around. Juliet really is incredible in the way she helps me with that. In the last few years, I have learned that dyslexics have a way of thinking outside of the box, which I have always done and has been an enormous asset. It’s been interesting to embrace it as part of my dyslexia.
Not to be overly gushy, but I think I had a much better life by coming to America because there is not such a rigid class system. I have been very fortunate here.
What role has luck had in your life and career?
Luck has been huge in my life.
Is there a quality or characteristic that has played an outsized role in your success?
I don’t really know. I love my work and know how very lucky I am to get to do it.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love that I met my wife here. The thing I like least it can be very shallow.
- Website: http://www.deverillweekes.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Deverill.Weekes.Photography/
- Other: http://igg.me/at/theundead